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Remembering Hedgewar ji on his Birth Anniversary

Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar, a name that resonates with dedication, nationalism, and an undying spirit of serving the society, was born on April 1st, 1889 in Nagpur. His life journey is a beacon of inspiration for many across India and beyond. As we commemorate his birth anniversary, it's an opportune moment to delve into the early years of this remarkable figure, explore his significant achievements, understand what he is best remembered for, and discover how his legacy is celebrated today.

Childhood and Early Life

Hedgewar ji's early life was marked by a fervent sense of patriotism instilled by the socio-political environment of his time. Born into a middle-class Brahmin family in Maharashtra, he grew up witnessing the struggle for Indian independence. This period was crucial in shaping his ideological framework. From a young age, Hedgewar ji showed an inclination towards social reform and was deeply influenced by the stories of great Indian leaders and reformers.

His education played a pivotal role in honing his thoughts and beliefs. After completing his schooling in Nagpur, he moved to Kolkata for medical studies where he was exposed to revolutionary ideas and movements. It was during these formative years that Hedgewar ji's vision for an independent India began taking shape.


One of Dr. Hedgewar's most notable contributions to Indian society was the establishment of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) in 1925. The RSS was founded with the aim of promoting national unity and fostering a sense of pride in Indian heritage among the youth. Under Hedgewar ji's leadership, the organization emphasized discipline, character building, and selfless service to the nation.

His approach towards achieving societal transformation through cultural revivalism set a new paradigm in social mobilization efforts in India. Through rigorous training camps (Shakhas), educational programs, and community service initiatives led by RSS under his guidance, Dr. Hedgewar played a crucial role in nurturing generations imbued with patriotic fervor.

Best Remembered For

Dr. Keshav Baliram Hedgewar is best remembered as a visionary leader who laid the foundation for one of India’s largest voluntary organizations – RSS – which continues to play an influential role in various social, educational, and cultural spheres across India. His emphasis on unity among Hindus and advocacy for self-reliance as means to achieve national sovereignty have left an indelible mark on India’s socio-political landscape.

His philosophy centered around 'Rashtra Dharma' (Duty towards Nation), which advocated prioritizing one’s duty towards their country above all else – a principle that continues to inspire countless individuals.


Every year on April 1st, Dr. Hedgewar's birth anniversary is commemorated with great reverence across India especially within communities associated with RSS and its affiliates. The main celebration takes place at Smriti Mandir located at Reshimbagh Grounds in Nagpur where he was laid to rest.

The day is observed with floral tributes at his samadhi (mausoleum), inspirational talks highlighting his life teachings followed by community service initiatives emphasizing social harmony and national integration which mirror Dr.Hedgewar’s ideals.

In addition to physical gatherings; seminars, workshops focusing on leadership based on Dr.Hedgewar's principles are organized not just within India but also globally amongst diaspora communities who revere him as an embodiment of selfless service towards nation-building.


Remembering Dr.Keshav Baliram Hedgewar on his birth anniversary serves as not only homage but also as a reminder of our collective responsibility towards nation-building rooted in individual character development and societal welfare – principles he lived by passionately throughout his life.
As we reflect upon his enduring legacy today; let us draw inspiration from such stalwarts’ lives dedicating ourselves anew towards creating harmonious societies based upon mutual respect understanding thereby continuing their work forward for better tomorrow.