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Activities of the Mission elevate the heads and hearts of the participants, transporting them to new realms of understanding.

 
  • Chinmaya Mission has evolved activities, events and programmes to cater to people of all age groups from all walks of life. While weekly classes strengthen grass-root activities of the Mission for the benefit of the members, Jnana Yajnas and camps reach out to a larger audience and act as eye openers.
 

 

 
Activity Centre Name Contact Details Time, Venue & Highlights
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Beaumont
Beaumont
Texas
United States
Chinmaya Mission Beaumont
1511 Hamilton Court Dr.
Nederland, Texas 77627
USA
Phone: (409) 729-3945
E-mail : beaumont@chinmayamission.org 
Time: contact (409) 729-3945
Venue: contact (409) 729-3945
Member Attending: 35 children
Highlights: Over 75% of the Bal Vihar students participate in Chinmaya Mission Golden Triangle’s annual Gita Chanting competition and perform in various cultural events (bhajan sessions, dances, and dramas).
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Boston
Boston
Massachusetts
United States
Andover Center info@chinmayamaruti.org
Framingham Center krishinc@yahoo.com
Nashua Center dmangalat@comcast.net

( 978 749 0876 ) - Chinmaya Maruti 
Time: Sundays in Andover & Framingham (Shrewsbury), Fridays in Nashua
Venue: 1 Union Street
Andover MA 01810

ATFS Learning Center
433 South Street
Shrewsbury, MA 01545

4 Lake Street
Nashua, NH-03060
Member Attending: over 350
Highlights: Children are a major focus at Chinmaya Mission Boston. The goal of Balavihar is to "wake up the sleeping giant" in our children and inspire them to reach their maximum potential. This is achieved by imparting a value-based education through a specially designed age appropriate curriculum.

The idea is to provide an environment where the personality of the child blossoms in a spontaneous way. Good conduct, emotional refinement, intellectual finesse, social responsibility and spiritual awareness are developed by the teachers through story-telling from the Puranas and other scriptures, singing of bhajans, chanting of stotrams, games, arts and crafts, plays and other fun-filled activities. The children are encouraged to be responsible, alert and sensitive members of society.

The senior Balavihar classes provide a forum for youth where they are provided an opportunity to discuss, debate and understand the logic of our religion and its tenets and to become aware of their potential. After having gained this awareness, their potential is directed into creative channels. The high school students are encouraged to volunteer in community and social service activities. The aim of these classes is to prepare today's youth to be responsible and successful adults of tomorrow.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Buffalo
Buffalo
New York
United States
Chinmaya Mission Buffalo
82 Telfair Dr.
Williamsville, New York 14221
USA
Phone: (716) 633-1633
E-mail : buffalo@chinmayamission.org 
Time: contact (716) 633 1633
Venue: contact (716) 633 1633
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: CM Buffalo now has an active Bala Vihar, in which many parents serve as sevaks. Various festivals are celebrated annually and students perform year-end cultural programs. Invited CMW acharyas for Bala Vihar weekend camps have included Swami Siddhananda, Swamini Shivapriyananda, Brahmacharini Aparna Chaitanya, and Brahmachari Krishna Moorthy.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Chicago
Chicago
Illinois
United States
(630)-654-3370  Time: 9am to 2pm on Sundays
Venue: Badri
11 S. 80 Route 83
Willowbrook, IL 60527
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: The greatest boon given by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda to the younger generation is Balavihar. Balavihar provides a spiritual and cultural orientation to the children of the modern age. The rationale of the Balavihars as elucidated by Pujya Gurudev in the "March of the future" talk is summarized below:

To train the children and inculcate in them the reverence for our ancient culture, and inspire them to live up to it with correct understanding.

To create self-confidence to serve and act cheerfully.

To generate a true affection in all contacts, inculcate personal discipline and a true spirit of leadership.

To mould their capacity to express and assert their individuality.

To bring out their dormant faculties and detect defects; cultivate and improve their creative abilities.

To help children to develop a healthy resistance against temptations in the atmosphere in which they grow.

To provide an atmosphere to grow with noble ideals, healthy emotions and physical discipline.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Yamunotri,Chicago
Chicago
Illinois
United States
mail@chinmaya-yamunotri.org

Rajul Bhalala (847) 295-2383 NBhalala@aol.com

Ashok Bhatia (847) 680-4735 Bhatiaa@technolcorp.com

Shubi Mansukhani (847) 680-8555 shubim@technolcorp.com

Premal Joshipura (847) 362-6073 pmjem@sbcglobal.net 
Time: 2.30pm to 4.45pm on Saturdays
Venue: Yamunotri
30877 N Fairfield Rd, Grayslake, IL 60030
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: There is a value associated with each month, that all classes will be following simultaneously in some form; these are related to the Holidays in that particular month
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Columbus
Columbus
Ohio
United States
Phone: 614-917-0160

E-mail: columbus@chinmayamissioncolumbus.org 
Time: 9.50am on Sundays
Venue: Chinmaya Archana
5302 Liberty Rd N,
Powell, OH 43065
Member Attending: 50-70 children
Highlights: In an atmosphere of love, children in Bala Vihar are imparted ethical and cultural values through Pauranic stories, chanting of scriptures, and other fun-filled activities such as arts & crafts, devotional music and games.

The comprehensive syllabus includes chanting and memorizing certain verses and texts from Hindu scriptures (in Sanskrit and other languages), as well as participation in special pujas, functions, projects, field trips and cultural activities.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Dallas-Fort Worth
Dallas
Texas
United States
Phone: (972) 250-2470
E-mail : dallas@chinmayamission.org 
Time: Sundays - 3 sessions starting 9am, 11:30am, 3pm
Venue: 'Chinmaya Saaket' 17701 Davenport Rd.
Dallas, Texas 75252
USA
Member Attending: over 800
Highlights: Apart from Bal Vihar, we also have sessions on: dance, language, music and geeta chanting, as well as Balazine - an e-mag for children by children
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Fairfield
Fairfield
Connecticut
United States
Chinmaya Mission Fairfield
474 Fairway Rd.
Orange, Connecticut 06477
USA
Phone: (203) 878-0945
E-mail : fairfield@chinmayamission.org 
Time: 9.30am to 11.30am on two Sundays each month
Venue: The Sacred Heart University, Fairfield
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: In Balavihar, the rich cultural heritage of India, including its teachings on moral values, is taught to children and youth at different levels, using the medium of stories, drama, arts and crafts, and discussion. Children are also taught popular Bhajans and Slokas.
Chinmaya Mission centers have become models for teaching India’s rich spiritual heritage and the fundamentals of Vedanta to the next generation. The Balavihars are organized into grades which match the grade of the child in school. Each of the grades caters to the age group of the child. The grades range from Kindergarten to Grade 12.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Flint
Flint
Michigan
United States
Phone: (810) 230-2430
E-mail : flint@chinmayamission.org 
Time: Sundays
Venue: 'Tapovan' 6499 Calkins Rd.
Flint, Michigan 48532
USA
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: CM Flint's popular and special events have included “Peace Day” celebrations on Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday to educate children about non-violence, and seva projects to clean and beautify Downtown Flint.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Houston
Houston
Texas
United States
Phone: (281) 568-9520
E-mail : houston@chinmayamission.org
Web Site: http://www.chinmayamission.org/houston 
Time: 9am to 10.30am and 11.30am to 1pm on Sundays
Venue: 'Chinmaya Prabha' 10353 Synott Rd.
Sugar Land, Texas 77478
USA
Member Attending: hundreds
Highlights: A fully trained team of teachers, with the help of high school youth, teach CM’s systematic and structured curriculum (similar to academic schools) for Grades KG-12. Each class has an adult teacher who is assisted by a teenage student aide. The younger children look up to the teenagers as role models and easily relate to them.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Iowa
Iowa City
Iowa
United States
Phone: (319) 339-8624
E-mail : iowacity@chinmayamission.org 
Time: 10am to 11.30am on Sundays
Venue: Chinmaya Mission Iowa City
3743 Forest Gate Dr. NE
Iowa City, IA 52240
USA
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: Bala Vihar Classes are conducted on Sundays, 10-11:30 a.m., by various teachers and assistants. Major Hindu festivals are celebrated, Divali being the biggest of them all. Mother’s Day is celebrated at CM Chicago’s “Badri” ashram with all the families from CM Chicago’s Badri and Yamunotri ashrams, and the CM NW Indiana center.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles
Tustin
California
United States
For any questions regarding our Bala Vihar
program, please contact Rekha Acharya at
(714) 998-1209 or rekha12@aol.com. 
Time: Sundays 9-10.30am and 11.30am-1pm
Venue: Chinmaya Kasi
899 S. Disneyland Dr.
Anaheim, CA 92802
Member Attending: over 250
Highlights: Balavihar classes for various age groups are conducted by trained sevaks and sevikas. Children are grouped into classes based on age.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Merrilville
Merrilville
Indiana
United States
Phone: (219) 322-7268
E-mail : nwindiana@chinmayamission.org
Web Site: http://www.chinmayamission.org/nwindiana 
Time: Sundays 4.30-6.30pm
Venue: Chinmaya Mission NW Indiana
1209 Muirfield Dr.
Schererville, Indiana 46375
USA
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: Bala Vihar (Grades PreK-12) - Each class, of each group, has a trained sevak to teach or guide as needed.
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Miami
Miami
Florida
United States
hariom@CMmiami.org OR help@CMmiami.org  Time: 10.30am to 12noon on Sundays
Venue: Omni Middle School, 5775 Jog Rd., Boca Raton 33496; 'F' Wing
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: Grades PreK-12
Class Materials
Book Bag (new students will receive a free Chinmaya Bala Vihar book bag)
Required textbooks and workbooks
White binder with clear plastic front/back outer covers
8.5 x 11 paper (~20 pages)
2 pens/2 pencils
Coloring Pencils (Krishna Class only)

Dress Code
Modest and comfortable clothing; no sleeveless tops
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Miami
Miami
Florida
United States
hariom@CMmiami.org OR help@CMmiami.org  Time: 5-6.30pm on Sundays
Venue: Miami Sunset Senior High School, 13125 SW 72 St., Kendall 33183
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: Grades PreK-12
Class Materials Book Bag (new students will receive a free Chinmaya Bala Vihar book bag) Required textbooks and workbooks White binder with clear plastic front/back outer covers 8.5 x 11 paper (~20 pages) 2 pens/2 pencils Coloring Pencils (Krishna Class only) Dress Code Modest and comfortable clothing; no sleeveless tops
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission Miami
Miami
Florida
United States
hariom@CMmiami.org OR help@CMmiami.org  Time: 5-6.30pm on Sundays
Venue: Royal Palm Beach High School, East Wing, Rooms 2-103 to 2-106
10600 Okeechobee Blvd., Royal Palm Beach 33411
Member Attending: varies
Highlights: Grades PreK-12
Class Materials Book Bag (new students will receive a free Chinmaya Bala Vihar book bag) Required textbooks and workbooks White binder with clear plastic front/back outer covers 8.5 x 11 paper (~20 pages) 2 pens/2 pencils Coloring Pencils
Dress Code Modest and comfortable clothing; no sleeveless tops
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission New York
NY
New York
United States
bvmanhattan@chinmayanewyork.org  Time: Saturdays 11 a.m. - 12 noon
Venue: Allen Stevenson School
78 St. & Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10075
Member Attending: to be decided
Highlights: Balavihar at Manhattan
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission New York
NY
New York
United States
bvlongisland@chinmayanewyork.org  Time: Sundays 10 a.m. - 11.30 a.m.
Venue: Vaishnav Temple of New York
100 Lakeville Rd., New Hyde Park, NY 11040
Member Attending: Not specified
Highlights: Balavihar in Long Island / Queens
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission New York
NY
New York
United States
bvwestchester@chinmayanewyork.org  Time: Sundays 4.30 p.m. to 5.30 p.m.
Venue: Scarsdale, Westchester
Member Attending: Not specified
Highlights: Bala vihar at Westchester
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission UK
London
England
United Kingdom
Lalita Goel
020 8989 7924 
Time: Friday 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Venue: Wanstead
Member Attending: -
Highlights: Bal Vihar
(5-12 yrs)
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission UK
London
England
United Kingdom
Vijay Sodhi
07949 559 773 
Time: Saturday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue: St John’s Wood
Member Attending: -
Highlights: Bal Vihar
(5-12 yrs)
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission UK
London
England
United Kingdom
Roshni Mahesh
07947 658 298 
Time: Sunday 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Venue: Hendon – CK
Member Attending: -
Highlights: Bal Vihar
(5-12 yrs)
Bala Vihar Chinmaya Mission UK
London
England
United Kingdom
Murli Pattni
07846 913 569 
Time: Sunday 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Venue: Harrow
Member Attending: -
Highlights: Bal Vihar
(5-12 yrs)
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