Dayananda Saraswati
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Dayananda Saraswati (1824­–1883), as he came to be known, was born into a Brahman family of the Audichya caste in the Morbi district, Gujarat. His earlier name was Dayaram Mulshankar. At an early age, this Śaiva reformer left his parental home and began his journey in search of mokṣa . As an itinerant reformer, he wandered in t…

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Nonica Datta, “Dayananda Saraswati”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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