Bala Vihar is a weekly gathering of children (Preschool to Grade 12) under the supervision of trained teachers. The aim of Bala Vihar is to help children bloom, grow, and inculcate values through fun-filled activities. Bala Vihar enhances the overall development of the personality of a child at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

Please Note: All three sessions, Saturday AM, Sunday AM and Sunday PM are In-Person. .

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Registration Instructions | Pledge Details

Children are a major focus at Chinmayam. The goal of Bala Vihar is to “wake up the sleeping giant” in our children and inspire them to reach their maximum potential by imparting a value-based education through a specially designed age appropriate curriculum.

The Bala Vihar program offers weekly spiritual classes for children in their formative school years (Pre K to 12). The classes are organized by age groups, start and end with Sanskrit prayers, and include chanting, bhajans, stories of devotion and morals, interactive discussions, and creative games.

The sessions are of approximately 90 minutes duration including the common assembly time, and are based on specially designed 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.

Swami Chinmayananda believed that just as the strength of a wall depended on the quality of each brick, so too, the health of a society depended on the individuals. If the individuals are healthy, the society is healthy. His strategy for building a new society was to “Catch ’em young,” and that is what we are trying to accomplish at Chinmayam.

Chinmayam also offers additional classes and activities besides the regular Bala Vihar classes to help the children blossom and develop their multi-faceted talents.

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. Additionally, different career choices are discussed along with what it takes to be a professional in those disciplines. The aim of these classes is to prepare today’s youth to be responsible and successful adults of tomorrow.

The annual session runs from September to June, parallel to the regular school calendar.

Registration Instructions | Membership Details

Children are not vessels to be filled, but lamps to be lit. The seed of spiritual values should be sown in young hearts, and the conditions made favorable for sprouting and steady growth through proper control and discipline. It must be cared for with the warmth of love and affection, and such a tree shall blossom forth flowers of brotherhood, universal love, peace, bliss, beauty, and perfection.

Swami Chinmayananda
From the youngest Ati-Madhuram class to the Chinmayam class for high school youngsters, all Bala Vihar children participate in a variety of activities. The grade in which the child is enrolled in his/her school, is the basis for placement in the appropriate Bala Vihar class.

Session 1: Saturday AM session: 9:45 am – 11:30 am ET
TimingsClassesFormat
9:45 am to 10:30 amAssembly in Auditorium (Parents & Children participate) In-person
10:30 am to 11:30 amBala Vihar and Adult classes In-person
Session 2: Sunday AM session: 9:45 am – 11:30 am ET
TimingsClassesFormat
9:45 am to 10:30 amAssembly in Auditorium (Parents & Children participate)In-person
10:30 am to 11:30 amBala Vihar and Adult classes In-person
Session 3: Sunday PM session: 1:15 pm – 3:00 pm ET
TimingsClassesFormat
1:15 pm to 2:00 pmAssembly in Auditorium (Parents & Children participate)In-person
2:00 pm to 3:00 pmBala Vihar and Adult classes In-person

We offer three identical Bala Vihar sessions. While registering, please provide your first and second choice of session preferences. If your first choice session is full, you are offered your second choice session. 

Chinmaya Mission reserves the right to accept or reject admission and session assignment requests. We recommend early registration to secure admission.

Enrichment Classes
DayTimings ClassFormat
Tuesday7:00 pm – 7:45 pm
Gujarati Beginner Language ClassOnline
Tuesday7:50 pm – 8:35 pmGujarati Beginner Language ClassOnline
Wednesday8:30 pm – 9:15 pmGujarati Intermediate Language ClassOnline
Saturday12:00 pm – 1:00 pmTelugu Language ClassOnline
Saturday12:00 pm – 1:00 pmYoga(Youth/Adult), Carnatic Music, Tabla,
Kuchipudi, Veena
In-Person
Sunday7:00 am – 8:00 amYoga(Youth/Adult)Hybrid
Sunday8:45 am – 9:45 amHindi Language ClassIn- Person
Sunday12:00 pm – 1:00 pmYoga (Youth/Adult), Carnatic Music, Tabla,
Kuchipudi
In-Person
Sunday12:00 pm – 1:00 pmHindi Language Class In-Person
Sunday12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Hindi Language Class Online
Sunday12:00 pm – 1:00 pm Tamil Language ClassOnline
*All enrichment classes are for children in First Grade and older unless specified otherwise. Please check the individual class pages via this link for details about classes, teachers, age requirements, and other details.

Important Notes For Parents!

We expect all children to follow these rules of conduct!

Every family, whether with children or without, whether an existing member or a new applicant for membership, is required to register (please check these helpful instructions) using the Online Registration System. A child may not be enrolled without his/her parent’s enrollment and participation in the Adult Classes. Please note that at least one parent is required to attend the Adult Class while the children are in Bala Vihar. Children CANNOT be left at the Mission premises without a parent.

To participate in the  Bala Vihar program, students should be entering grades Pre-K to 12. Pre-K students should be toilet trained and at least three years old as of September 1, enrolling year.

Please register early to increase the likelihood of being assigned to your first-choice session. Admission and session assignment will be confirmed to you by early August.

Only children enrolled in Bala Vihar are eligible to enroll in Performing Arts and Language classes. Students must be at least 6 years of age as of September of the current enrolling year. Registered adult members can enroll in select Performing Arts classes subject to availability of seats after admitting children. Select Language and Performing Arts classes are available for enrollment for non-members as well. Click here for more details on membership and eligibility.

Chinmaya Mission reserves the right to accept or reject admission requests. For admission and session assignment, we recommend early registration. Session assignment is on a first-come basis and subject to capacity limitations (class sizes, Hall Capacity, Parking Lot Capacity, etc.)

Books can be bought through book stores at the Chinmaya Mission centers. In some cases books can be ordered through Chinmayam Publications website.

For cancellations of registrations on or before September 30, full refund of the pledge amount will be given. The Mission will not refund any credit card processing fee incurred by the registrant. A family canceling membership after September 30 will not be entitled to any refund of the pledges paid. For late registrants after September 30, they will have 15 days from the date of registration for cancellation with 50% refund. Thereafter, no refund will be made.

The family’s contact information provided to the Mission will be used only for internal purposes. If any of this information is to be used in flyers, websites or other publicity material, we will do so only with your permission.From time to time, for publicity purposes, CMWRC will publish photos of members taken at different Mission sessions or events, without identifying the members. If we have to identify the members, we will do so only with your prior permission.

Sevaks (volunteers) are critical to the operation of the chapter and programs.  Chinmaya Mission is a volunteer run organization. Every member is highly encouraged to serve the mission in their area of interests, based on their skills and expertise.  Selfless dedicated service is the foundation for spiritual growth.  Any amount of time and commitment offered in seva is welcome.

When registering, please ensure that you provide a current and accurate e-mail address. Please login and update information promptly if there is any change to your contact e-mail or home address. Most communications between CMWRC and its members, including weather- related cancellations, are handled via e-mail.

Need further help? Click here to contact our Membership Team!

*Important Note: Please follow the weekly announcements for the updates for in-person vs online events.
Day/Date EventLead Sevaks
Thursday, August 31st, 8-9 Pm (online) Operations Team MeetingRaja Kirkire and Deeti Majmundar
Wednesday, September 6th, 2023, 8-10 pmSri Krishna JanmashtamiUrvi Mehta
Saturday and Sunday, September 9th-10th, 2023 Ganesh Puja and Bala Vihar Open House by Session Meena Shankar and BV Coordinators
Saturday, September 23rd, 2023. In person eventNew Member OrientationSrikanth Nallani
Saturday and Sunday, October 7th and 8thBV Common time celebration for Navaratri/DussehraRajashree Das
October Date TBD Bala Vihar Teachers Meeting -1Sudiksha Nimishe, BV Coordinators
Saturday, Sunday, October 14th, 15th 2023Field trip/picnic day (No Swamiji’s classes that weekend)BV Teachers and Coordinators.
Sunday, October 29th 5-9 PmChinmayam Diwali CelebrationPaulomi Nanavati and Priti Mehta
Saturday Sunday, November 11th, 12thBV common time celebration for DiwaliRajashree Das
Saturday, November 4th, 4-9 pm Chinmaya SomnathAnnual fundraiserUday Nanavaty
Saturday & Sunday, November 25-November 26, 2023Thanksgiving Weekend No Bala Vihar, Language, Arts classesHoliday Weekend, NO BV classes
December date and time TBDBala Vihar Teachers Meeting -2Sudiksha Nimishe, BV Coordinators
December 2nd, 3rd, 9th and 10thChinmayam class students reflecting on Bhagavad Gita VersesChinmayam teachers. Email coordination by Teachers
December 16th, 17thBuffer day for missed participants for reflecting on BG versesChinmayam teachers. Email coordination by BV teacher Vaishali Amin
Friday, December 22ndGita, Tapovan JayantiN/A
Saturday & Sunday, December 23-24, 2023 & December 30-31, 2023Winter Holiday Weekend No Bala Vihar, Language, Arts classesHoliday Weekend, NO BV classes
Monday, January 1, 2024, 10:30 AM to 12:30 PMNew Year’s Day Puja Vishnu Sahasra-Namavali Puja Guru Paduka PujaCHYKs
Saturday & Sunday, January 13-14, 2024Bala Vihar common-time celebrating – Makara SankrantiRajashree Das
Date TBDBala Vihar Teachers Meeting – 3Sudiksha Nimishe, BV Coordinators
Saturday & Sunday, January 20-21, 2024Bala Vihar Parent Teacher Conferences Language Parent Teacher ConferencesBV coordinators, Sudiksha
March 2nd, Saturday, 2024, TBD. Alternate day: March 9thBV and Language Teachers Annual RetreatSudiksha, BV coordinators,
Friday, March 8th, 2024Mahashivaratri CelebrationAndrea Beri
Saturday & Sunday, March 9th and 10thBV Teachers common time celebration of Maha ShivratriRajashree Das
Saturday March 16th 1-5 pmChinmayam Geeta Chanting CompetitionSona Krishnamurthy (VA) Laxmanan ji (MD)
March 23 -24, 2024Spring Break Weekend No Bala Vihar, Language, Arts classesHoliday Weekend, NO BV Classes
Saturday and Sunday, April 13th and 14thBV Common Time Celebration for Rama-NavamiRajashree Das
April 9th to April 17thShri Ram Navami, Ramcharitmanas chantingSavita Nigam
Saturday and Sunday April 20-21,2024 (Inclement weather date: April 27-28)Geeta Chanting Trophy distributionVaishali Sesha, Laxmanan ji
Tuesday, April 23rdHanuman JayantiSrilakshmi and Naidu Kari
Saturday and Sunday May 4th-5thChinmaya Jayanti Common time celebrationRajashree Das
Saturday May 4th, 2024 Evening programChinmaya Jayanti celebrationDevyani Kavathekar
Sunday May 5th, 12:00-2:00 (May 12th is Mother’s day)Session II Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV coordinators
Sunday May 5th, 3:00-5:00Session III Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV coordinators
Sunday May 12thShri Adi Sankara Jayanti during common timePrabha Maruvada, Vaishali Amin
Saturday, May 11th 1:30 pm – 3:00 pmLanguage Day celebrationSavita Nigam, Anil Kishore
Saturday and Sunday, May 11th and May 12thMother’s Day celebration during common timeSession coordinator coordinate with Swamiji
Saturday May 11th 12:00-2:00Session I Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV coordinators
Date TBD BV Teachers MeetingBV Teacher’s Meeting – 4Sudiksha Nimishe, BV Coordinators
Saturday May 18, 2024 at 3 PmCMWRC Graduation & Tilak CeremonySumanth Ravipathi
Saturday, May 18th and 19th, 2024 12:00 -2:00 PMBala Vihar Round 1 Class Performances. Round 2 Rehearsals. Session I Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV Coordinators
Saturday & Sunday, May 25-26, 2024. No Bala Vihar, Language, Arts classesMemorial Day WeekendHoliday weekend
Saturday, June 1st 12-1:30 PM OR Sunday, June 2nd, 12:00-1:00Session II Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV Coordinators
Sunday, 2nd June 3:30PM-5:30 PMSession III rehearsals for BV classesBV Coordinators
Saturday & Sunday, June 8th and 9th, 2024Bala Vihar Round 2 Class Performances -Round 2 in all SessionsBV Coordinators (Concluding Weekend of BV)
End of BV year 2023-24