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: Saturday AM and Sunday AM sessions are in person and Sunday PM session is online only.

Registration Instructions | Membership 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 August to May, 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.

SessionDayTime
Session 1SaturdayIN PERSON9:45 am – 11:30 am
Session 2SundayIN PERSON9:45 am – 11:30 am
Session 3SundayONLINE ONLY1:15 pm – 3:00 pm

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.

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 October 7, 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 October 7 will not be entitled to any refund of the pledges paid. For late registrants after October 7, 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!

Day/DateEventLead Sevaks
Friday August 19th, 2022Sri Krishna JanmashtamiUrvi Mehta
Saturday and Sunday, September 17th-18th, 2022Ganesh Puja and Bala Vihar Open House by SessionMeena Shankar and BV Coordinators
Saturday, September 24th. In person eventNew Member OrientationSrikanth Nallani
Saturday and Sunday, September 24-25 (Begins Oct 6th Dussehra on 14th)BV Common time celebration for Navaratri/DussehraChetana Neerchal
October Date TBDBala Vihar Teachers Meeting -1Sudiksha Nimishe, BV Coordinators
Saturday, Sunday, October 8th, 9th 2022.
Traditionally a picnic day.
Maybe an opportunity to those who would like to meet for a safe in-person gathering outdoors.
Optional virtual Field trip/picnic day (No Swamiji’s classes that weekend). Save this weekend to Join Vilasiniji and Vivekji for the Divya Shakti Retreat for all ladies 18 and older at Chinmaya Somnath.More details will be shared with the teachers/students later.   Look for the Divya Shakti retreat details in the announcement.
Saturday October 22 and Sunday 23BV common time celebration for DiwaliChetana Neerchal
November 11 or 12 evening program (TBD)Annual fundraiserUday Nanavaty
Saturday, October 29th, 5-7 pmHindi Diwas celebrationSavita Nigam, Anil Kishore
Date TBDChinmayam Diwali CelebrationPriti Mehta and Paulomi Nanavati
Saturday & Sunday, November November 27, 2022Thanksgiving Weekend  
No Bala Vihar, Language, Arts classes
Holiday Weekend, NO BV classes
December date and time TBDBala Vihar Teachers Meeting -2  Sudiksha Nimishe, BV Coordinators
December 3rd, 4th,10th,11thChinmayam class students reflecting on Bhagavad Gita VersesChinmayam teachers. Email coordination by Teachers
December 14th, TuesdayGita, Tapovan Jayanti, Gita JayantiTBD
December 17th, 18thBuffer day for missed participants for BG versesChinmayam teachers. Email coordination by TBD
Saturday & Sunday
December 24-25, 2022 December 31, 2022- Jan 1, 2023
Winter Holiday Weekend  No Bala Vihar, Language, Arts  classesHoliday Weekend, NO BV classes
Sunday, January 1, 2023,10:30 AM to 12:30 PMNew Year’s Day Puja ,Vishnu Sahasra-Namavali Puja,
Guru Paduka Puja
TBD
Saturday & Sunday, January 14, 15, 2023Bala Vihar common-time celebrating – Makara SankrantiChetana Neerchal
Date TBDBala Vihar Teachers Meeting – 3Sudiksha Nimishe, BV Coordinators
Saturday & Sunday, January 21-22, 2023Bala Vihar Parent Teacher Conferences Language Parent Teacher ConferencesBV coordinators, Sudiksha
Saturday & Sunday, February 11-12, 2023BV Teachers common time celebration of Maha ShivratriChetana Neerchal
Saturday and Sunday February 18th and 19th, 2023BV Teachers recognition during common timeSudiksha
Monday, February 18th, 2023Mahashivarati celebrations Andrea Beri
March 4th, Saturday, 2023, Time TBD
Alternate day:
March 11th
BV teachers annual retreatSudiksha, BV Coordinators
Saturday and Sunday,
March 18,19, 2023
BV Common Time Celebration for Rama-NavamiChetana Neerchal
Saturday, March 18,
1:00-5:00 PM
Chinmayam Geeta Chanting CompetitionRadha Kowtha
March 22 to March 30.
(Sunday, April 10th is Shri Ramanavami)
Shri Ram Navami,
Ramcharitmanas chanting
Rita Kishore, Devyani Kavathekar, Savita Nigam
Saturday & Sunday,
April 8, 9
Spring Break Weekend  
No Bala Vihar, Language, Arts classes
Holiday Weekend, NO BV Classes
Wednesday
April 5th, 2023
Hanuman JayantiTBD
Shri Adi Shankara Jayanti common time celebration
on Saturday and Sunday, Date TBD
(Thursday May 5th is the actual date)
Shri Adi Sankara Jayanti during common timePrabha Maruvada, Vaishali Amin
Saturday and Sunday, May 6, May 7, 2023BV Common time celebration – Chinmaya Jayanti (Gurudev’s Birthday)Chetana Neerchal
Saturday May 6th, 2023 Evening programChinmaya Jayanti Guru Paduka Pooja And cultural programs by families.Devyani Kavathekar
Saturday and Sunday, May 6th and May 7thMother’s Day celebration during common timeSession coordinator coordinate with Swamiji
Saturday, Sunday,
May 13th and 14th 2023
Bala Vihar common time – Geeta Chanting TrophiesRadha Kowtha
Saturday May 13th
12:00-2:00 pm
Session I Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV coordinators
Sunday May 14th,
12:00- 2:00 pm
Session II Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV coordinators
Sunday May 14th,
3:00-5:00pm
Session III Rehearsal (For
performing BV classes)
BV coordinators
Date TBD BV Teachers MeetingBV Teacher’s Meeting – 4Sudiksha Nimishe, BV Coordinators
Saturday May 20, 2023 at 3 PmCMWRC Graduation & Tilak CeremonyChetana Neerchal
Saturday & Sunday, May 28-29, 2023Memorial Day Weekend  
No Bala Vihar, Language, Arts classes
Holiday weekend
Saturday, 3rd June,
12:00 -2:00 PM
Bala Vihar ROUND 1 Class Performances Round2 Rehearsals Session I Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV Coordinators
Saturday, 4th June,
3:00 to 5:00 PM
Session II Rehearsal (For performing BV classes)BV Coordinators
Sunday, 4th June
3:30PM-5:30 PM
Session III rehearsals for BV classesBV Coordinators
Saturday & Sunday10th,11th, 2023Bala Vihar ROUND 2 Class Performances –Round 2 in all SessionsBV Coordinators (Concluding Weekend of BV)
Saturday, 6/10 from
1:30-3:30 PM
Language Annual DayAnil Kishore and Anil Darbari
End of BV year 2022-23
Since we are still amidst the Pandemic, while the calendar will be followed for most events there may be changes as we progress into the year. Please follow the weekly announcements for the updates.