Dayananda Sarasvati at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:
Hindu ascetic and social reformer. A Brahman, he rejected what he considered idol worship at 14 after seeing mice swarm over an image of Shiva, attracted by offerings placed before it. His religious quest led him to Yoga, and to escape an arranged marriage he joined the ascetic Sarasvati order. He spent 15 years traveling in search of religious truth, and in 1863 began preaching his vision of reinstating a purified Vedic religion. He debated orthodox Hindu scholars and Christian missionaries, and in 1875 founded Arya Samaj. He opposed child marriage and the ban on remarriage by widows and opened Vedic study to all castes.