India has a history of selfless persons who had sacrificed their lives and fortunes for welfare of the people. Following the tradition, a well-known social worker of his time Shri Banarsi Lalji resolved to do something for the unfortunate children who had either lost their parents or had no means to sustain themselves.
The number of such children was significant and the mechanism to help them in an organized way was almost non-existent. The need to create a permanent structure to ensure education and upbringing of such children and make them worthy citizens was pressing. The task was difficult but not impossible.
Driven by the zeal to create a permanent and lasting structure to take care of such children, Shri Banarsi Lalji gathered like-minded persons and established “Shrimad Dayanand Bal Sadan” on May 11, 1915. It was registered as a society on March 30, 1915 under the Societies Act 1780. As per the rules of Societies Act, various norms were laid down for the smooth functioning of the welfare organisation.
In the initial years, the activities of the Bal Sadan was guided by Shri Banarsi Lalji, who was an ardent follower of Maharishi Dayanand Saraswati. Later Shri Banarsi Lalji adopted sanyas and known has Swami Nirbhayanandiji. He continued to work relentlessly for the welfare and uplift of society till he breathed his last on October 26, 1931.
Since then, Bal Sadan has been functioning under the overall guidance of a working committee with a fixed tenure of three years. The members of the working committee are elected by ordinary members of the society. New working committee is elected at the end of the three-year period.