Pt. Dharm Dev, Vidya Martand (Feb. 12 -1901-Nov. 8-1978.) was a renowned vedic scholar, educationist, thinker, editor, linguist and a vedic missionary.
One of the closest disciples of Swami Shradhanand, he graduated from the Gurukul Kangari University (U.P.). He received the degree of Siddanthalankar on March 23, 1921 and was later awarded Vidya Vachaspati for his thesis on Indian Sociology. The Gurukul Kangari University conferred on him its highest honorary degree-Vidya Martand in recognistion of his undisputable scholarship and contribution to the vedic literature.
He started his career as Acharya of the Gurukul Multan (now in Pakistan.) On instruction from Swami Shradhanand, he worked for the propagation of vedic religion in South India from 1921 to 1941. During the course of his mission in South India, he mastered Kannada, Telugu, Tamil and Malyalam languages. Besides, he also learnt several European languages at his own initiative.
From 1942 to 1953, he published the main monthly magazine of Aryan International League, (Delhi) which he also served in various capacities.
From 1954 to 1963, he compiled 'Sanskrit Hindi Angrezi Kosh' under the aegis of Shardhanand Pratishthan (Gurukul Kangari University). During this period, he also edited Gurukul Patrika. (the prestigous publication of the University).
Some of his masterly works included : The Sublimity of the vedas, Christianity and the Vedic Dharma, Catechism of Vedic Dharma and Aryasamaj, Maharsi Dayanand and Mahatama Gandhi, The Mission and Message of Maharsi Dayanand, Dharamveer Swami Shradhanand, Bhartiya Samajsastra, Vedic Sanskrit, the Mother of all Languages, Buddha, an Arya Reformer, Vedic Kartavya Sastra, Vedon Ka Yatharth Swaroop, Striyon Ka Vedadhyan our Karmkand mein Adhikar. He also translated into English the commentery of Swami Dayanand on Rigveda. Besides, he also did his own English translation of Samveda with notes and comments.
He took to Sanyas on Feb. 8, 1976. His end came in Jwalapur on Nov. 8, 1978.
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