2017 Gita chanting competition and Slokathon at Chinmaya Mission, Houston


HOUSTON. In the “Cintan Dainandini,” Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda gives abeautiful example of the power of chanting – “The child may be in any part of the house;it need not know where the mother is; but the moment the child cries ‘ma ma’, themother appears and gathers the child to her bosom.” In the same way by repeatedlychanting the Bhagavad-Gita with a pure and innocent heart, like that of a child, theGuru’s grace and Sri Bhagavan Krishna’s blessings will be constantly present.In honor of Pujya Gurudev’s 101 st birthday (May 8), Chinmaya Mission Houston held itsannual Gita competition on May 6 th where over 115 children offered the best ofthemselves to the great Master who lived and spread the message of Gita every day of his glorious life.To watch young children chant verses from Chapter 14 – The Yoga of Gunas –and adolescent minds present their analysis of the chapter was both mesmerizing and transcendental. While reciting the Gita creates a positive vibration within the body and the environment around, it also teaches control and voice modulation which improves pronunciation as well as vocal musical skills. The regular chanting of the Gita also helps children with concentration, discipline, time management, responsibility, public speaking finesse, comprehension and deliberation. Just as sending our children to start school at kindergarten, similarly learning the Bhagavad-Gita at a very young age has numerous benefits, some of which can be seen immediately and some in the future.When the winners of the Gita Chanting event were celebrated the next day, Acarya Gaurang Nanavaty emphasized that Gita was for everyone and it was best learned when young to be applied in a lifetime. He appreciated the enthusiastic spirit of all children who participated.


The winners of the Gita Competition are:

Group 1 (KG-2 grade):

 1 st place – Vashi Banavalikar (KG) and Ahana Rao (1 st Grade)

 2 nd place – Samarth Srivatsan (1 st Garde)

 3 rd Place – Anshula Thandra (KG)

Group 2 (Grades 3-5):

 1 st place – Aditi Chaubal (5 th Grade)

 2 nd place – Chinmayee Madhava (5 th Grade)

 3 rd place – Sanvi Sudarshan (3 rd grade) and Veda Suresh (5 th Grade)

Group 3 (Grades 6-8):

 1 st place – Ayush Manoj (7 th Grade)

 2 nd place – Karthik Chitta (7 th Grade)

 3 rd place – Megna Prabhakaran (6 th Grade)

Group 4 (Grades 9-12):

 1 st place – Bhavya Kathireddipalli (10 th Grade)

 2 nd place – Saaketh Rao (11 th Grade)

 3 rd place – Aarushi Das (9 th Grade)

Along with those who won recognition for Gita chanting, there were also a select group of four Bala Vihar children who were specially awarded their trophies for the Slokathon– a marathon effort to learn and chant over two hundred verses from various important stotras. The Slokathon is a cornerstone program of Chinmaya Bala Vihar at Houston which encourages children to learn at their own pace and master the art of devotional chanting in Sanskrit.

Slokathon Trophy winners:

 Nitheesh Chander Kodarapu

 Nithya Kodarapu

 Chinmayee Madhava

 Pranav Sriram

Every year, the celebration of Pujya Gurudev’s birthday reinforces the learning and living of Gita – marked by the children’s voices against a silent and strong supportive teamwork of Chinmaya volunteers’ dedicated actions. Hari Om! For more information on Chinmaya Mission Houston, Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya and its activities visit www.chinmayahouston.org, www.saumyakasi.org or call temple 281 568 1690 or Jay Deshmukh 832 541 0059 or Bharati Sutaria 281-933- 0233

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