Arya Samaj is a religious and socio-cultural organization which was founded on April 7th, 1875 at Mumbai, India by Maharishi Swami Dayanand Saraswati.
Arya Samaj are Sanskrit words meaning ‘A Noble gathering ‘. The foundation of Arya Samaj is based exclusively on the Vedas, which states that God is an all-powerful and formless Supreme Being who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent. Arya Samaj is based on Ten principles, which were derived from the Vedas. The Aryas do not believe in idol worship, animal sacrifice or any other fictitious beliefs. The primary goal of Arya Samaj is: Krinvanto Vishvam Aryam – Make This World Noble.
According to Arya Samaj, worship of God consists in 3 acts:
(a) The first and foremost is to study the Vedas- Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda & Atharva Veda, with the motivation to acquire knowledge of God.
(b) The observance of Dharma (moral duty and action) as prescribed by God in the Vedas.
(c) Worship of God by fire or the homa-sacrifice, this involves the chanting of the Gayatri Mantra and other sacred mantra