Bala Vihar

Children are not pots to be filled, but lamps to be lit.

Pujya Swami Chinmayananda

What is Balavihar?

The rich cultural & spritual 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, crafts, and discussion.
Balavihar classes have become models for teaching the fundamentals of Vedanta to the next generation.

Kids 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.

"By improving oneself can only one hope to improve others around him."
The aim of Chinmaya Mission's program is to generate dynamic individuals inspired to make the world a better place.

Currently for our Balavihar and adult classes, we congregate 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 Elemenrary School
403 Powers Ferry rd se,
Marietta, GA 30067

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

Enrichment Classes

Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta offers several enrichment classes to bala vihar kids like language, music, dance & yoga. These classes are optional and fees for these classes are charged separately.

Language Classes

CMA offers languages classes for Hindi, Telugu, Gujarati, Marathi, Kannada, Tamil, Malayalam, and Sanskrit. These are offered only to registered bala vihar kids. Registration for language classes can be done along with the bala vihar registration. The fees for language classes covers all the materials – books, paper, white boards etc. All teachers are volunteers who are well versed in the language being taught. Language classes mainly focus on conversational skills. Currently language classes timings are every Sunday 9:45 - 10:45 am at the bala vhar location and since all languages are taught at the same time, each kid can only register for one language class

Music, Dance & yoga Classes
Kathak Classes: Currently Kathak classes are offered for kids age 9+ every Sunday from 9:45 - 10:45 am at the bala viihar lodation. The Kathak teacher, Leera Rawal has been trained under Kumudiben Lakhia & Birju Maharaj and has been practicing and performing for over 30 years. Leeraji has been a long time CM sevak in India and also recently here in Atlanta.

Tabla Classes: Tabla classes are offered for both kids & adults every Sat morning at our ashram. Tabla classes are conducted by Shri Shivprasad Kotagal from Param-Shikhar Academy of Tabla (disciple of Pt. K. Paramjyoti).
The course content though based on the syllabus recommended by Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya Mandal, Mumbai.
Tabla class timings at the Chinmaya Gurukul are:
  • Sat 8:30 am - Kids class 1
  • Sat 9:40 am - Adults class
  • Sat 10:45 am - Kids class 2
Email Shivji at to register.

Music & yoga Classes: Vocal music & yoga classes for kids are held at the ashram.

Balavihar Competitions

CMA Balavihar conducts various competitions for all kids:

Gita Chanting Competition:

Every year a specific chapter of Bhagavad Gita is chosen. Each participant is given the shloka sheets along with the learning audio CD. Different number of shlokas based on age of kids are decided upon along with other rules. Help and training sessions several months prior to the competition are given.The competition usually takes place sometime mid to end of March.

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 this year's competitions are posted here.

Likhit Japa Competition:

Likhit Japa competition takes place as part of the Mahashivratri celebrations. Kids are encouraged to write in languages other than English.

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 will be starting Jan 14th, 2018. Currently Enrichment & language classes are not offered at this location.

Location Powers Ferry Elementary school, 403 Powers ferry road, Marietta, GA - 30067
Timings Sundays 4-5:30 pm
  • 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
Dates Jan 14, 21, 28 Feb - 4, 11, 25 Mar - 4, 11, 18, 25 Apr - 8, 15 22 May - 6, 13, 20
Fees for Jan -May 2018 $125 for family with 1 kid & $175 for family with 2 kids

If you are interested in registering your child, please do so here: MariettaRegistration
Agenda for first day only - Jan 14th
  • 4:00 - 4:10 - Prayers & invocations
  • 4:10 - 4:40 - Registration (&/or payment of fees)
  • 4:40 - 5:30 - BV classes for kids, CM Orientation & Q/A followed by short satsang for parents
Info about cancellation policy, trial period, curriculum etc., will be discussed in the parents session on Jan 14th.

Questions/concerns/suggestions? Please Contact Sudha- 678 566 5018, Sushmaji- 248 739 0572

SFMS Balavihar Teachers classlist
Class Teacher Name Room Number
Poornima Jerath PreK - Gajanana 434
Padma Kashyap PreK - Ganesha 437
Nachammai Laxmi Rengenath KG - Lakshmi 333
Babitha Krishnasamy KG - Saraswati 337
Balaji Kankipati 1st grd - Valmiki 242
Avinash Gupta 1st grd - Vasistha 238
Rani Acharya 1st grd - Vishwamitra 240
Kavita Choudhury 2nd grd - Hanuman 439
Anandi Suri 2nd grd - Lakshmana 441
Haritha Jayanthi 2nd grd - Sita 442
Sujatha Thota 3rd grd - Balarama 454
Arun Chickmenahalli 3rd grd - Devaki 455
Aparna Raghupati 3rd grd - Yashoda 457
Amee Gupta 4th grd - Parashurama 339
Sailaja Tennati 4th grd - Prahlad 338
Kalyani Sankaranarayanan 4th grd - Vamana 341
Praveena Surasani 5th grd - Abhimanyu 342
Shalaka Pateria 5th grd - Arjuna 348
Guru Kashyap 5th grd - Sanjaya 340
Girish Mhaskar 6th grd - Chanakya 372
Sridevi Raj 6th grd - Laxmibai 373
Lalitha Yellamraju 7th grd - Aryabhatta 375
Suri Anantharama 7th grd - Panini 376
Gauri Mhaskar 8th grd - Patanjali 248
Kavil Subramanian 8th grd - Sushruta 254
Kirti Kandhal 8th grd - Vyasa 258
Bhavana Subramanian 9th grd - Chinmaya 255
Ashok Ganapathy 9th grd - Tejomaya 257
Rajasekar Dhandapani 10th grd - Tapovan 506
Anjali Malhotra 11th grd - Shankara 504
Shekhar Kanetkar 12th grd - Omkara 249

Upcoming events

Ram Navami puja - Ashram

March 25 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Ram navami puja at ashram
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Regular BV Session

March 25 @ 11:00 am

4th, 11th, 18th, 25th - Regular sessions at SFMS
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Hanuman Jayanti puja & Sundarkand Path

March 31 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Hanuman Jayanti puja & Sunderkand Path
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Spring Break - No classes

April 1

Spring break holiday
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Regular BV Session

April 8 @ 11:00 am

8th, 15th, 22nd - Regular sessions at SFMS
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Chinmaya Tej Walkathon for CORD

April 14 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Chinmaya Tej walkathon for CORD
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Regular BV Session

April 15 @ 11:00 am

8th, 15th, 22nd - Regular sessions at SFMS
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BV Seniors

April 15 @ 11:00 am

BV Seniors take blessings from teachers in assembly
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Regular BV Session

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

8th, 15th, 22nd - Regular sessions at SFMS
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BV Seniors - Grad Cermony at Ashram

April 22 @ 5:00 pm

BV seniors Graduation ceremony at ashram (5:00 – 7:00 pm)
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