History and Growth

JULY 14, 1991
Arya Samaj Greater Houston was founded by veteran vedic missionary Shri Ram Chand Mahajan. Building facilities at 1712 Highway 6 South graciously provided by Rita and Sunil Mehta.

Shri Praveen Gulati becomes the Honorary Priest of Arya Samaj.

JULY, 1993
D.A.V. library inaugurated by a delegation from India led by the President of
D.A.V. Managing Committee.

JULY, 1994
D.A.V. School enrols first group of children for classes in Indian music, Hindi,
Naitik and Vedic Sanskriti.

MAY, 1995
Arya Samaj acquires 4 acres of land for a permanent home for Arya Samaj, D. A. V. School and the Vedic Culture Center.

Dr. Dilip Vedalankar joins Arya Samaj as the Religious Guide.

FEBRUARY 2, 1997
Ground Breaking Ceremony (Shilanyas Vidi) for the new temple complex performed with an Ekadsh-Kundi Mahayajna.

AUGUST 2 & 3, 1997
New Mandir, D.A.V. School and the Vedic Culture Center open with a Sapta-Kundi Yajurveda Parayan Mahayajna.

April 1999
The Hindus of Greater Houston jointly celebrate Ram Navami at Arya Samaj Temple.
Dr. Tanaji Acharya becomes the Religious Guide and starts classes on Yoga and Meditation, Vedas and Upanishadas. Also classes started in Clearlake area.

Summer 1999
Youth camps for children and young adults.
College Level Hindi classes conducted by Shri Arun Prakash.

October 1999
A three day Shibir (workshop) on Preksha Meditation held jointly with JVB.

March 2000
Dr. Prem Chand Shridhar takes over as the Religious Guide.

April 2000
The Hindus of Greater Houston celebrate Ram Navami at Arya Samaj.
A second Shibir (workshop) on Preksha Meditation.
Mr. Wangdi, the Consul General of India in Houston, performs the opening ceremony of the D.A.V. Montessori School.

August 2000
D.A.V. Montessori was established to instill Indian values and traditions by providing education that combines our heritage and culture with Montessori philosophy. School began with six students and two teachers.

January 2001
Shilanayas (foundation laying) ceremony for new bhavan for D.A.V. Montessori, and Sanskriti schools.

Earthquake in Gujarat India. Arya Samaj raised $22000 for earthquake relief and establishment of Jeevan Prabhat to provide family life to children who lost parents in the calamity.

August 2001
Opening ceremony for the new building to house the D.A.V. Montessori School and the D.A.V. Sanskriti School. School rooms in the main temple building are converted into a dining hall.

Gita Ashram Houston hosted their national conference.

Oct. 2003
Arya Samaj along with Mahatma Gandhi Library celebrates Ahimsa Day on Gandhi Jayanti.

September 2004
Arya Samaj joins Mahatma Gandhi Library to celebrate Mahatma Gandhi Week. As a part of that celebration Arya Samaj sponsors city wide Speech Contest for children ages 7 to 18 which is held every year in Arya Samaj facilities.

December 2004 and January 2005
December 26, 2004 tsunami in the Indian Ocean. Arya Samaj raised $60000 for Tsunami Relief Fund.

April 2005
Acharya Sonerao joins as a second priest to provide religious guidance and support for both D.A.V. Sanskriti & Montessori schools.

August 2005
A full time Director is hired to manage the growing need of DAV Montessori School. The student capacity raises to 70 students. A third class is added for toddler's ages 18 months to 3 years.

April 2006
30 ft. extension of the main Satsung Hall is finished with a complete stage, green rooms & curtains. A state of the art audio, video system & lighting is also installed.

July 2006
Sixteenth Arya Samaj Maha Samelan held at Arya Samaj from July 13th to 16th.

Playground is expanded to add a separate toddler play area. A fourth class is also added for the preschool level (3 yrs. to 5 yrs.). D.A.V.Montessori students participate and perform a dance in front of the City Hall during the Mahatma Gandhi week. Yoga for the students becomes a part of the curriculum. Gymnastic and dance are offered as extra curricular activities.

D.A.V.Montessori students are featured in Houston chronicle on the occasion of Diwali. The school's enrollment goes up to 85 students with eight full time & four part time teachers.

September 2008
Acharya Praveen Gulati replaces Acharya Sonerao as the co-ordinator for the D.A.V. Sanskriti School. Acharya Sonerao moves to Dallas to work with the Arya Samaj there.