Children are not pots to be filled, but lamps to be lit.
Bala Vihar is Chinmaya Mission's program where children and youth are exposed to our rich Hindu Culture and it's teachings using the medium of stories, drama, activities, and discussion. Classes are held by grade from 4-18yr olds.
The aim of this program is to generate dynamic individuals inspired to make the world a better place.
Bala Vihar classes have become models for teaching the fundamentals of Vedanta to the next generation.
Students 9th grade & up become part of the Junior CHYK (Chinmaya Yuva Kendra), the Chinmaya Youth program. The JCHYKs, under the guidance of the adult coordinators carry out activities like seva projects, workshops, fundraisers and many other initiatives that augment and strengthen their Bala vihar learning.
Since March 2020 all classes are online due to COVID-19.
Sundays 10-11am Adult Study Classes & Language classes
Sundays 11:15am - 12:25pm Bala Vihar classes 7 Shishu Vihar classes
NOTE: In person classes will resume when the situation allows it safely.
Chinmaya Bala vihar program highlights:
|Class||Teacher Name||Room Number|
|Sujatha Thota||Shishu - Balagopal|
|Prek - all_Marietta|
|Smita Shinde Patil||PreK - Ganesha|
|Ramyamayi Ratakonda||KG - Lakshmi|
|KG - Saraswati|
|Iti Sodhani||1st grd - Lakshmana|
|Hemalata Chakrapani||1st grd - Sita|
|Aparna Raghupati||2nd grd - Anjaneya|
|Pooja Jaiswal||2nd grd - Hanuman|
|Neelima Sunder Sen||2nd grd - Maruti|
|Haritha Jayanthi||3rd grd - Devaki|
|Chandana Kolluru||3rd grd - Yashoda|
|Lakshmi Vedala||4th grd - Parashurama|
|Saraswati Yagnavajhala||4th grd - Prahlad|
|Madhav Panatula||4th grd - Vamana|
|Kavita Choudhury||5th grd - Durga|
|Sandhiya Krishnamoorthy||5th grd - Shiva|
|Nikhila Vijayan||5th grd - Vishnu|
|Usha Kamath||6th grd - Kabir|
|Anusha Mohan||6th grd - Mirabai|
|Vandna Pandya||7th grd - Dhiraja|
|Sankar Valluri||7th grd - Satya|
|Anandi Suri||7th grd - Sauraja|
|8th grd - Sushruta|
|Mahalaxmi Kumar||8th grd - Tulsidas|
|Padma Kashyap||8th grd - Valmiki|
|Pranitha Kalvakuntla||9th grd - Chinmaya|
|Praveena Surasani||9th grd - Tejomaya|
|Aparna Pateria||10th grd - Sivananda|
|Suri Anantharama||10th grd - Tapovan|
|Gauri Mhaskar||11th grd - Shankara|
|Bhavana Subramanian||11th grd - Vidyaranya|
|Shekhar Kanetkar||12th grd - Omkara|
|Guru Kashyap||12th grd - Pranava|
An innovative way to jump start a value based education program has been created for our children. It is a structured, age appropriate program which runs from PreK- 12th grade.
The multi-dimensional approach (Prayers, Chants, Stories, Philosophy) of looking at scriptures as they apply to our daily lives makes spirituality more relevant for children. We want our children to lead a truly happy, peaceful, and successful life. There is no better way but to introduce them to the science of living through this program.
Book Names by Grades :
The Alphabet Safari - Grade PreK
The Alphabet Safari - Grade KG
Bala Ramayana - Grade 1
Sri Hanuman The Super Superman - Grade 2
Krishna Stories + 24 Preceptors - Grade 3
Bala Bhagavatam Vishnu Avatars - Grade 4
My Twenty-Four Teachers - Grade 4
Symbolism In Hinduism - Grade 5
India, The Sacred Land - Grade 6
Key to Success - Grade 7, Grade 8
P.O. Box Mr. God - Grade 7, Grade 8
Hindu Culture- Grade 9
Self Unfoldment - Grade 10
Gita for me - Grade 11 & 12
CMA Bala Vihar conducts various competitions for all kids every year.
This year the Republic Day Art, Writing and Speech Competitions were held on Jan 24th & Jan 30th.
Results of the competitions are posted here.
Our Annual Gita Chanting competition took place March 28th 2021 on Chapter 2, "sāṅkhya yoga".
Results of the competitions are posted here.
Here is some information about the competition:
The verses to be memorized:
PreK-KG: Verses 1-10
1st-2nd grade: Verses 1-15
3rd-4th grade: Verses 1-20
5th-6th grade: Verses 1-25
7th+ grades: Verses 1-30
Adults: Verses 1-30
Note: CM worldwide is also offering a competition on Chapter 2 this year (which is why we chose Chapter 2 for our competition). The range of verses for the national competition will be a little different (more verses in general) than the ranges we have chosen for our local competition. For 7th and higher grade, the range for the national competition is verses 1-38, so we will teach up to verse 38 for that group. If there is sufficient interest, we will also offer a competition at our center for verses 1-38.
We will also have a challenge event for adults (most likely Sunday Apr 11th 2021 afternoon). As we did last year, there will be 2 components to this event: The first part is recitation from memory (verses 1-30), and the 2nd part will also be a quiz related to the meaning of those 30 verses. Adults can choose to participate in one or both those components.
How to register for the Chanting Competition:
Please send an email with the following details.
Printouts: The printout of the Gita Shlokas is available here: PDF file
Recordings: A recording of verses 1-20 in teaching style by Swami Shantanandaji, along with a pronunciation guide PDF is available here.
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