Sarla Bedi Wiki, Age, Death, Husband, Family, Biography & More


Sarla Bedi

Sarla Bedi (1925-2013) was an Indian female priest who established Arya Samaj, a reformist faction of Sanatan dharma, in Toronto, Canada. She was known as the Arya Samajist of Canada. She died on 15 November 2013 in Toronto, Canada, after suffering from Arthritis.


Sarla Bedi was born on Saturday, 4 April 1925 (age 88 years; at the time of death) in ┬áSahnewal, Ludhiana, Punjab (India). When Sarla was young, she along with her family moved to Kenya from India during the great economic depression. There, she spent her childhood in a segregated colony, learning how to paint, and participating in debates and lectures on the Indian independence movement. Due to Sarla’s mother’s poor health and her father’s struggle with employment, she had to give up her dream of studying Law in England. In 1972, Sarla decided to move to Toronto, Canada, due to South Africa’s political unrest and increasing violence against Indians.

Physical Appearance

Height (approx.): 5′ 5″

Hair Colour: Brown

Eye Colour: Black

Sarla Bedi (right) image


She belonged to the Kapila family in Sahnewal, India.

Parents & Siblings

Sarla was the eldest among six children of her parents. She had five younger brothers.

Husband & Children

In 1942, she got married to Gobind Bedi, an Indian social activist. The couple had three sons named Nilam, Deepak, and Shalin, and a daughter named Sheetal. In 2008, her husband, Gobind Bedi, passed away.

Sarla Bedi and her children

Sarla Bedi and her children


In Kenya 

Sarla took responsibility for household chores at the age of 18. She became a teacher in Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, to sustain her family and educate her young brothers. She continued participating in public debates concerning the struggles of Indians for their independence and their social issues.

In Canada 

In 1972, she moved to Toronto in Canada. Sarla, along with her husband, became the founders of Arya Samaj, a Hindu reform movement that began in 1875 by Maharshi Dayanand Saraswati. Their organisation promoted social causes and helped Indian immigrants get settled. In 1976, Sarla became the first female Hindu priest in Ontario. Sarla was considered a well-respected counsellor on both spiritual and social matters. She started organizing holy baptisms, mixed-faith weddings, and funerals in the community. By 1996, Canada- based Arya Samaj had built a Vedic Cultural Centre in Markham, which now operates as a hub for all kinds of cultural and communal activities for both senior citizens and children.

Vedic Cultural Centre in Markham, Toronto

Vedic Cultural Centre in Markham, Toronto


On 15 November 2013, she died after suffering from Arthritis and contracting hospital-acquired infections in Toronto, Canada.


  • Apart from following a healthy diet, Sarla was very fond of Indian sweets such as gulab jamun.
  • On 21 November 2009, Sarla Bedi was one of the six members who were honoured at the Vedic Cultural Centre in Markham for their significant contributions and services towards the growth of the Arya Samaj in Canada.

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