Children are not pots to be filled, but lamps to be lit.
What is Bala Vihar?
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.
10-11am Adult Study Classes & Language classes
11:15am - 12:25pm Bala Vihar classes 7 Shishu Vihar classes
In person classes will resume when the situation allows it safely.
Our Bala Vihar and adult classes, are normally held at two locations
Location 1 :
Every Sunday 11:00 am - 12:30 pm at South Forsyth Middle School
2865 Old Atlanta Rd.
Cumming, GA 30041
Map/Directions South Forsyth Middle School
Location 2 :
Every Sunday 4:00 - 5:30 pm at Powers Ferry Elementary School
403 Powers Ferry Rd SE,
Marietta, GA 30067
Map/Directions to Powers Ferry Elementary School
Chinmaya Bala vihar program highlights:
- Learn Hindu culture & spiritual philosophy in a fun manner through stories, discussions, games, arts & more
- Build the understanding of Vedanta in structured and systematic manner as guided by spiritual masters
- Provide an enriching environment for children to meet, share a common value system and feel a sense of identity with the Hindu Culture & their spiritual traditions.
- Enforce building of character, strength & confidence needed for a positive & happy future
- Give a solid foundation of the Vedantic values needed for success in a multi-racial community
SFMS Balavihar Teachers classlist
||Shishu - Balagopal
||Prek - all_Marietta
|Smita Shinde Patil
||PreK - Ganesha
||KG - Lakshmi
||KG - Saraswati
||1st grd - Lakshmana
||1st grd - Sita
||2nd grd - Anjaneya
||2nd grd - Hanuman
|Neelima Sunder Sen
||2nd grd - Maruti
||3rd grd - Devaki
||3rd grd - Yashoda
||4th grd - Parashurama
||4th grd - Prahlad
||4th grd - Vamana
||5th grd - Durga
||5th grd - Shiva
||5th grd - Vishnu
||6th grd - Kabir
||6th grd - Mirabai
||7th grd - Dhiraja
||7th grd - Satya
||7th grd - Sauraja
||8th grd - Sushruta
||8th grd - Tulsidas
||8th grd - Valmiki
||9th grd - Chinmaya
||9th grd - Tejomaya
||10th grd - Sivananda
||10th grd - Tapovan
||11th grd - Shankara
||11th grd - Vidyaranya
||12th grd - Omkara
||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
Bala Bhagavatam - Grade 3
Krsna Krsna Everywhere - Grade 4
My Twenty-Four Teachers - Grade 4
Symbolism In Hinduism - Grade 5
India, The Sacred Land - Grade 6, Grade 7
Key to Success - Grade 8
P.O. Box Mr. God - Grade 8
Self Unfoldment - Grade 9, 10
Gita for me - Grade 11 & 12
The enrichment classes are optional and fees for these classes are charged separately.
Enrichment Classes at the South Forsyth school location (SFMS)
Language Classes for Bala Vihar kids
CMA offers languages classes for Hindi, Telugu, Marathi, Malayalam and Sanskrit to registered bala vihar kids. Registration for language classes can be done along with the bala vihar registration. Class fees covers books etc.
CMA Balavihar conducts various competitions for all kids:Gita Chanting Competition:
Our annual Gita Chanting competition for children is set for Sunday Mar 22nd and Sunday Mar 29th 2020. This year, the competition will be on Chapter 14 "guṇa-traya-vibhāga Yoga".
On 22nd March, we will have a 'team's competition.
The 'team' competition is only for 6th and up grades, and will be among teams of the same grade level.
Teams must comprise of 3 members, and each member of the team must be from the same grade level.
Each team collectively must memorize the 1st 18 verses of chapter 14, with the 1st member responsible for verses 1-6, 2nd for 7-12, and third for 13-18. i.e. each member is required to memorize 6 verses.
On 29th March, we will have individual competition.
The individual competition is open for all grade levels.The number of verses to be memorized will be as follows:
Prek & KG - verses 1-8
1st & 2nd grade - verses 1-12
3rd & 4th grade - verses 1-16
5th & above grades - verses 1-20
We will also have a competition for adults (date tbd, most likely Apr 2nd). Adults must memorize the entire chapter (27 verses), and there will also be a quiz related to the meaning of the verses.
You can sign up for the competition at the front desk.
Classes for Gita Chanting begin this week. No sign-up is needed for it.
10:20am (Rm# 504)
12:35pm (Rm# 333, 334, 337).
We have provided print out of the Gita Shlokas for the kids in the assembly. If you need additional copies please click here to download it. For the Sanskrit version of Shlokas on Chapter 14, please click the link here to download.
If you would like recording of the chanting and practice at home, you can download it from https://tinyurl.com/yzxn5w3s
Writing, Elocution & Art Competitions:
Every year CMA celebrates Republic Day of India by having writing & art competitions for kids 3rd grade & up. Speech competition is also held for kids in 5th gr and up. For details of this year's competitions see here
Results of 2020 competitions are posted here
Bala Vihar service projects
CMA provides ample opportunity for bala vihar kids to do selfless service.
Kids can serve every Sunday at the bala vihar location helping in tasks like parking, setup, cleanup, bookstore, ticket sales, food sales etc. based on their age.
There are also opportunities to help at the ashram doing various tasks like cleanup, organizing, gardening etc.
In addition to this, there are several service projects that are coordinated by CMA to help the outside community like MedShare, lunchbags for the homeless, Soup kitchens etc. as well as participating in toy & food drives that are conducted every year during Thanksgiving.
Balavihar classes at Marietta
Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta offers Balavihar and adult classes at Marietta. Classes are from Aug 2020 to May 2021.
Currently Enrichment & language classes are not offered at this location.
Powers Ferry Elementary school, 403 Powers ferry road, Marietta, GA - 30067
Sundays 4-5:30 pm
Fees for Aug 2020-May 2021 is:
- 4:00 - 4:30 pm - Assembly (prayers, pledge, Gita chanting, aarti & announcements)
- 4:30 - 5:30 pm - BV classes for kids; Vedanta class for adults
Fees for Jan 2021-May 2021 is:
- $150 for family with no kids
- $300 for family with 1 kid
- $450 for family with 2 or more kid
If you are interested in registering your family, please do so here: Marietta Registration
Marietta BV teachers Class list
- $75 for family with no kids
- $150 for family with 1 kid
- $225 for family with 2 or more kid
- There will be a one-time fee of $50 for new families joining to cover material cost
Toddler-KG - Neha Marfatia, Neha Pandya
1st - Avanthi Doppalapudi, Sharvari Kulkarni
2nd grade - Era Shah, Neha Pathak Bhat
3rd grade - Kavita Mistry, Radha Gummidyala
4th grade - Krishna Gummidyala, Satish Dharmarajan
5th & 6th grade - Supriya Harida; Surya Kalava
7+ grades - Seetha Sarangpani, Manoj Kalava