Join us for a celebration of the life and work of Raja Ram Mohan Roy who is regarded as one of the Fathers of Modern Indian.
About Rajah Rammohun Roy
Rajah Rammohun Roy (1772-1833) was an individual of truly global stature, and is buried at Arnos Vale. An extremely influential religious and political thinker, he coined the word “Hinduism” as a term for the diversity of Indian religions and wrote extensively on religious and social matters. He stressed the importance of education for Indians, campaigned for women’s rights and worked to end the traditional practice of sati, the burning of widows on the funeral pyres of their husbands.
Mahatma Gandhi said of the Rajah, “Roy was undoubtedly the father of advanced liberal thought in Hinduism”. Jawaharlal Nehru India`s first Prime Minister, said in his book “The Discovery of India, ” He was more than a scholar and investigator, he was a reformer above all” .
The Rajah’s rare and beautiful tomb is now a listed monument and has long been a place of pilgrimage for Bengalis and Indians. Repaired and conserved in 2008 it is now the site of a commemorative ceremony held on the Sunday nearest the anniversary of the Rajah’s death, on 27th September 1833.
This event will include some prayers, singing, performance plus a few short talks in the Anglican Chapel. The event begins at the Raja’s memorial on Ceremonial Way. Parking is limited on site and the ceremonial way will be partly closed during the event.
Please feel free to bring offerings of flowers to leave at the memorial.