ॐ भूर्भुवः॒ स्वः । तत्स॑वि॒तुर्वरे॑ण्यं॒भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥
The Arya Samaj was established on 7th April, 1875 at Mumbai, India by Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati with the purpose of moving the Hindu dharma away from fictitious beliefs and back to the teaching of the Vedas.
The goal of Arya Samaj has always been “krinvantu vishvam aryam” ,that is, to make this world noble. The word Arya means a noble human being – one who is thoughtful and charitable, who thinks good thoughts and does good actions – he or she is an Arya.
After the creation of the first Arya Samaj in Mumbai on April 7 1875, others began to be formed wherever Swamiji went. The society gained strength in Punjab. In the large as well as small towns and villages of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan.
Today, the Arya Samaj organisation is a vibrant international organization spread over the globe with its branches in most of the major cities and even in small towns.
The Arya Samaj Chicagoland
It all started with the unending zeal, an urge to serve the society and the intention to spread the Vedic message by Dr. Sukhdev Soni a highly reputed oncologist, who had migrated from Myanmar (then called Burma). Arya Samaj Services for the community started in 1969 at the homes of a few participants, and later on shifted to Hari Om Temple in Medina, Illinois
Arya Samaj Chicagoland was registered in the State of Illinois as a religious institution in 1988. Services continued as before at congregant homes. In the same year Arya Samaj got a permanent home when a shuttered church building at 700 Hillview, West Chicago was purchased and was turned into the present Arya Samaj. Since 1998 regular services of the Arya Samaj have been held at this site. It is home to many a festivals and social events that include Shiva Ratri, Diwali, Lohri, etc. as well as Havans and other services for congregants for occasions like weddings, birthdays, memorial services, etc. etc.
A dedicated team of volunteers and believers has always been the corner stone in upgrading and maintaining the facilities as a wonderful and serene temple where weekly Satsang is held on every Sunday. The Arya Samaj is run and managed by a board of trustees.
For any event to be celebrated at Arya Samaj You may contact us.