The Arya Samaj was formally established in Bombay on April 10, 1875, by Swami Dayananda Saraswati (1824-1883).
Swamiji saw the degraded and debased condition of the Hindus. They were dominated by a few egoistic and power-driven individuals with hidden agendas. He wanted to unite all together to cast off the artificial and self-imposed bonds that tied them to their present position. Swami Dayanand then brought together a number of concerned members of the society to eliminate these ills prevalent within the Hindu Society in the 19th century. He was an adamant follower, exponent, and practitioner of the Vedas–the unadulterated Truth as handed down (Shruti) from Guru to disciple since the beginning of time.