Dayananda’s-martyrdom for truth and heroic tours

Dayananda’s-martyrdom for truth and heroic tours

Dayananda left his home in the search of truth, he lived for it, and he suffered. Eighteen eighty-three was a year of great events in Dayananda’s life. On August 11, 1882, Dayananda arrived at Udaipur at the request of Maharana Sajjan Singh, and the intimacy between the two grew. In answer to a question put by Pandya Mohan Lal Vishnulal, Secretary of the State Council Udaipur, Dayananda so spoke: Regeneration of India is difficult to achieve without having one language, one faith and one aim. I therefore wish that Indian Rulers should create a common national sentiment and a common faith in their States.” In the early stages of his mission, Dayananda hold public debates with the learned pandits, who were supposed to be the authorities behind the dogmatic beliefs and faiths of Hinduism; then he diverted his attention to masses, and in the third and the final stage of his mission, we find him preparing his ground in the princely states of Rajasthan. This happened to be the last phase of his life. In 1880, when he was only 56 years of age, he at Meerut made a will ( Svikarapatra ) of his property in favour of a body or trust, called by him as the Paropakarini Sabha. He further revised his will and got it registered in the office of the State Council Udaipur on February 27, 1883. It was an unforeseen coincidence,   that he died the same year on October 30 at Ajmer. On February 27, 1883, Maharana Sajjan Singh presented to him a farewell address and Dayananda left Udaipur. On March 1, 1883, he arrived at Chittor, and after a week or so he reached Shahpura, where he was received by Rajadhiraj Nahar Singh. Svami Dayananda stayed in this state up to May 26.   What happened next, at Jodhpur and Ajmer, you all know very well. The circumstantial evidences are that a conspiracy ( by britisher’s ) was hatched against Svamiji , he was poisoned at some stage , and a great neglect was shown in his treatment  ( also poisoned while treatment ). Howsoever, the inevitable did happen.

– Usha Jyotishmati

Dayananada’s Heroic Tours

Harbilas Sharda, one of his serious biographers describes these tours in following sections:

­­Preparation for the mission                           _____                     1863 – 1866

On the banks of the Ganges                              _____                     1867 – 1872

In Behar and Bengal                                           _____                     1872 – 1873

Return to Uttar Pradesh                                         _____             August, 1873 – 1874

In Bombay, Gujrat and Maharastra                 _____                Oct. 1874 – 1876

Third tour in Uttar Pradesh                           ______                    1876 – 1877

In the Punjab                                                        ______                    1877 – 1878

Fourth tour in the Uttar Pradesh                          ______          July 1878 – Oct. 1878

Second Visit to Rajputana                                       ______          Nov. 1878 – Jan. 1879

Fifth tour in Uttar Pradesh                                      ______         Jan. 1879 – March 1881

Third visit to Rajputana                                            ______         March 1881 – Dec. 1881

Last visit to Bombay                                                      ______      30th Dec. 1881 – June 1882

With Maharaja Sajjan Singh and at Shahpura   _____          March 1883 – May 1883

In Jodhpur : Last days                                                  _____                        Oct. 1883

The life-story of Dayananda shows us the path, which is open for everyone, to follow, by challenging the decadent social order and religious bigotry of our age.

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