"What is Chinmaya Jnana Yagna?"
Jnana Yajnas are series of public discourses on a Vedantic scripture given by an Acharya of the Chinmaya Mission.
The term yajna means to offer oblations to fire and Jnana means knowledge. Offering of our ignorance to the fire and kindling the light of knowledge is what is the import of this term.
CMA conducts 2-3 jnana yagnas of visiting Acharyas every year.

Camps & retreats

Diwali Celebration at the ashram

Chinmaya Gurukul, 4980 Pittman Rd. Cumming

Date: October 27, 2019, Time: 6:30pm - 9:30pm

  Get ready for the most fun-filled and festive Diwali celebration at CMA! This is a time to sit, relax and enjoy with our CMA family and celebrate Diwali at our ashram. There are many activities that we are planning at the ashram.
  • 6:30pm - 7:30pm - Rangoli Competition (For ladies)
  • 6:30pm onwards - Placement of Annakoot
  • 7:30pm - 7:50pm - Lakshmi Kuber Puja - Offering of Annakoot
  • 8:00pm - Fireworks!!
  • 8:30pm - Dinner & Annakoot prasad

We will decorate and offer beautiful Annakoot to our Lord Sundar Krishna.

What is Annakoot?

Annakoot literally means a "mountain of food" is a part of Diwali celebration called Govardhan Puja. On this day, many different kinds of food dishes were offered by the gopas of Vrindanvan to Govardhan mountain - which were consumed by Krishna. As you all know how the story goes, Lord Krishna lifted the Govardhan mountain on this finger to protect the people of Vrindavan from torrential rains. Let us get together and prepare a beautiful Annakoot for our Sundar Krishna at the ashram.

How can you help?

You can cook a dish to be offered and help set it up in a beautiful arrangement so that our Sundar Krishna is pleased! Start by filing out this form. Here are some pictures of the Annakoot:
There are several possibilities! Time to get creative! Contact Himani at 678-523-8459 if you are interested in being a part of the Annakoot team.

Rangoli Competition

All creative ladies are invited to show their talent by participating in a rangoli competition and win exciting prizes! The timing for competition is 6:30pm - 7:30pm.  Here are the rules for the competition
  1. Maximum Rangoli size is 3ft X 3ft
  2. Only one adult along with one helper is allowed
  3. Maximum time is 1 hour
  4. Material required -Rangoli powder white or colors are provided by the participant, not CMA
  5. No gadgets to keep patterns allowed
  6. Picture of the Rangoli taken after completion
  7. Pre-registration is required
Click here to register. Contact Subha Janakiraman or Anitha Balu for more information

What is CORD?

CORD (Chinmaya Organization for Rural development) facilitates social service projects for the underprivileged.

CORD USA is a registered non-profit in the US providing a sustainable program to aid in the holistic welfare of the underprivileged in the US, India & Sri Lanka regardless of race, religion, color, gender or nationality.

Programs in India are facilitated through CORD India & in Sri Lanka through CORD Sri Lanka.

  • CORD has been serving humanity in an holistic & sustainable way since 1985.
  • Has the lowest overhead ratio (~0%) compared to any other organization.
  • CORD has built a sustainable and replicable model by focusing on development (teaching people to earn a living) as opposed to welfare (e.g. donating food).
  • The key success factor of CORD is their motto of Active Participation. The villager has to be willing to take the first step to transform his/her life and CORD will take 5 steps forward to assist the person.
  • Facilitates integrated, sustainable social help programs in local communities and in the Indian subcontinent through processes of self-empowerment and enrichment.
  • CORD has uplifted & transformed over 1000 villages in India & Sri Lanka.
  • CORD USA has been awarded the top rated charity award by Great Non Profits every year since 2012.

"Chinmaya Tej"

Chinmaya Tej is CMA's walkathon for CORD that is conducted yearly.
Learn more about Chinmaya Tej

“Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.”
CORD is a bond of love & understanding; a sharing which enriches both the giver and the receiver.
– Swami Tejomayanandaji

Krishna Mela at CMA

Krishna mela is the annual day event at CMA. It is aimed at exploring topics and themes that enhance the Bala vihar curriculum and increase the bonding of the kids and families within CMA.

The concept of 'Krishna Mela', named after the "Sundar Krishna" deity at our ashram, was started in CMA in 2015 as part of the centenary celebrations for Pujya Gurudev (Swami Chinmayanandaji). A full day event with booths, performances and delicious home cooked food for the whole family to enjoy; with all volunteers working in the "Unto Him Our Best" spirit.

Given the space in the ashram hall, the attention span of the audience and the number of Bala vihar kids and classes, we have followed this model for stage performances.
There are 5 shows, each 1-1.5hrs long, allocated to a time slot. Each show has performances by 6 grades.
Each show explores the same script, but has a different set of classes (prek - 12th) performing
Performances are based on a specific theme and this year's theme is "Success"


Summer Camps at CMA

Summer camps at CMA are a fun and enriching way to enjoy the summer.  Kids 5-18 engage in various activities throughout the day from Yoga, music, art, shlokas, bhajans to discussions, interactive learning, indoor & outdoor activities. Sumptuous vegetarian meals are offered.
Every camp has a specific theme around which all the activities are planned.

Annual Fundraisers at CMA

Navratri Mela This is a fundraiser that celebrates Navratri in an unique way at CMA. Along with the traditional raas & garba for adults, there are kids activities like magic shows, balloon making, face painting etc. . "Live Golu" is our one of a kind event where little kids dress up as various characters, Gods && Goddesses and are made to sit on steps. Along with many booths, food and more this event is a fun for all celebration while also serving as a fundraiser. For more info about 2019 Navratri Mela click here

Going once, Going twice... Hurry up!  Auction ends soon...

Thank you for your interest in our Silent Art Auction.

100% of the proceeds from this auction will go towards the Gurukul Campaign fund, please click here to learn more.  Each of the art work listed has been donated by volunteers and well wishers of Chinmaya Mission Alpharetta.

Ganesh, acrylic on canvas (no frame)   

Size; 16X20      

Starting Bid: $100   

Artist: Sujatha Maturu 

Auction end date: - Has ended. More Art entries to come...

Dancing Radha Krishna acrylic on canvas (no frame) 

Size; 16X20  

Starting Bid: $100   

Artist: Sujatha Maturu 

Auction end date: - Has ended. More Art entries to come...

Ardhanareeswari - acrylic on canvas (no frame) 

Size; 13X17

Starting Bid: $100

Artist: Sujatha Maturu

Auction end date: - Has ended. More Art entries to come...

Silent Art Auction fundraiser

CMA silent art auction fundraiser is a great way to support CMA. Participate by donating your canvas art paintings.
Participate in the auction by placing a bid for purchase of beautiful artwork by local artists. 100% of the proceeds go to CMA.

Upcoming events


  • CMA Bala Vihar classes are on Summer Break. We will start back in Aug. 14th 2022.
  • Ashram Classes will be held in 2 sessions: 9:15-10:30am and 11:30-12:45pm on Sundays.
  • Marietta Location classes will be held at 4:30-6pm.

In-person & Online classes for Adults :

Enrich yourself, take advantage of the sessions conducted by Sivaji and Sushmaji throughout the week. Read more

Enrich yourself, take advantage of the sessions conducted by Sevaks  throughout the week. Read more

CM News

Tapovan Prasad magazine online version: October September August July June
Collection of letters from Pujya Gurudev to householders, youth and children -By Chinmaya Mission Archives
Spiritual guidance from the Swamins and Brahmacharins of CMW