Arya Samaj

Intro to ASWM

Half a century ago, the followers of Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati’s Arya Samaj in Birmingham and surrounding areas founded Arya Samaj (Vedic Mission) West Midlands.

Timeline and Key Events of Arya Samaj West Midlands

  • The first meeting occurred at 71 Grove Lane on 7th November 1970 following a havan ceremony.
  • The first big event, Basant Mela, was held in June 1974 at Handsworth Park, Birmingham. Andrew Faulds, Member of Parliament for Smethwick, inaugurated the event. Children’s entertainment was the highlight of the event.
  • Regular Monthly Satsang (Congregation) started in 1974 at George Dixon School, Edgbaston, Birmingham, on the first Sunday of every month.
  • Centennial celebration of Arya Samaj Foundation: In July 1975, the centenary of the Arya Samaj Foundation was celebrated at West Bromwich Town Hall. A booklet, “Arya Samaj Introduced”, was published to mark the occasion. Over 500 people attended, with an array of dignitaries including local MP, Rt Hon Peter Snape (now Baron Snape of Wednesbury), his Worshipful the Mayor of Sandwell, Cllr W H Walker, the most eminent western Hindi scholar Professor Stuart McGregor, Cambridge University and the Assistant High Commissioner to India.
  • Move to Grove Lane School – From July 1975, the monthly Satsang moved to Grove Lane Junior School. Started commencing weekly Hindi classes.
  • The first edition of Aryan Voice was published on 1st July 1996
  • The first Diwali Celebration by Arya Samaj was held in 1976 at Digbeth Town Hall, Birmingham.
  • The first Gayatri Maha Yajna by Arya Samaj was held in July 1977 at Handsworth Park, Birmingham, and the “Daily Prayer” booklet was published. The Gayatri Maha Yajna continued at the same venue for two years.
  • The monthly Satsang moved to Rookery Road School, Birmingham, in March 1983.
  • First own building – Purchased 188 Irkman Street, Nechells, Birmingham- a landmark movement in the Arya Samaj’s history with the former Railway Social Club. Arya Samaj, West Midlands, now had a place to call home. Dr M L Singhvi, the High Commissioner of India, inaugurated it on 15th June 1997.
  • Move to 321, Rookery Road – Due to the construction of High Speed 2, Arya Samaj moved to 321, Rookey Road (former Trinity Rockery Road Methodist Church), Handsworth. Y K Sinha, the High Commissioner of India, opened the building.