This happened about 150 years ago. Saurashtra of the present Gujarat State consisted of
several small states. Among them was Morvi. Tankara was a town in this state. There lived
a wealthy Brahmin, Karshanji Lalji Tiwari by name; he was also the tahsildar of Tankara.
The ruler of Morvi had granted him a small troop of horses (cavalry) both for protection
and as a mark of honour.
Karshanji was a good and just man. He was generous in his dealings. He had faith in
religious practices that had come down from times immemorial. His wife,Amrithbai, was a
beautiful and Virtuous woman. She was like a mother his go to all the villagers. In 1824,
a son was born to the couple. They named' him Moolashankar.According to the custom of the
place, he was also called Dayaram. This child was to become famous as Maharshi Dayananda.
When he attained the age of five, Moolashankar's education started. At the age of
eight, his Upanayana Samskara (being invested with the holy thread) was performed. The boy
used to perform religious rites like 'Sandhyavandana with devotion. He had a very
good memory. By the time he was fourteen he had learnt by heart the Yajurveda, the
scriptures and the upanishads.
Karshanji wished that his son should follow in his footsteps by becoming a devotee of
Shiva. He, therefore, used to describe the greatness of Shiva every now and then. He would
advise the boy to worship Lord Shiva and only then eat something on days of festivals.
Moolashankar had an uncle whom he loved very much. His uncle himself was a simple man
of great learning with a religious bent of mind. He influenced the boy deeply.
Moolashankar had a sharp intellect and an extraordinary memory and so his uncle thought
some day his nephew would become a great man.