Late Lala Dharmveer Rai Badri Prasad Ji
The founder of the Dharam Samaj group-of-organizations, philanthropist Rai Bahadur Badri Prasad Ji, was born in the prosperous family of Lala Ram Narayan ji in Agra. Their ancestors were originally from Narnaul, who sometime in the past left Narnaul and settled at Agra. Rai Saheb ji was born at Agra but he did not live there permanently and went to Delhi. In the year 1856, he had to come to Aligarh leaving Delhi due to political reasons and he remained here up to the last day, of magnificent journey of his life which was full of spiritual practices and deep meditation, i.e. up to 9 August, 1897 A.D. Thus, from the year 1856 to the year 1897, that is to say, for a long duration of 41 years, Aligarh remained his field of works. During these 41 years, Rai Saheb ji contributed so much in the field of education that citizens of Aligarh became highly grateful to him and memory of Rai sahib ji became immortal to the city. It seems totally impossible that the world of education in Aligarh may ever be indebted from his debt. Rai saheb ji was animated by Vedic Dharma and was a true follower of Mahrishi Dayanand.
On Falgun Krishna paksha (spring season, waning moon) Saptami, Vikram Samvat 1927 (year 1870 A.D.), due to his good inspiration and efforts, an assembly named “Satya Dharam Samaj” was established, the rule book of which stated the first aim of it in these words – “To strive to attain the best dharma, as said in Vedas and devotion and knowledge and leaving of false knowledge, over attachment.”
Hisdevotion for the spread of education was so instinct that he donated land for the establishment of Dharam Samaj Bal Mandir. The students who have studied here and will study in future, will always be gratitude to his great work.