Bala Vihar

What happens in Bala Vihar

The best gift you can give your children – mental clarity, emotional strength and cultural connection.

Chinmaya Bala Vihar offers a structured age-appropriate curriculum based on Hindu scriptures and stories, in a fun atmosphere.
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The greatest boon given by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda to the younger generation is Bala Vihar.

“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 favourable 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

Sishu Vihar 
Sowing the seeds of spiritual wisdom in young hearts, this class is ideal for children ages 2 and 3 accompanied by parents. Children are introduced to Ganesha, Krishna and Shiva through nursery rhyme style bhajans, epic stories, yoga and crafts.
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Other Activities for Children


Math Enrichment Classes
Geeta Chanting
Yoga Classes
Indian Language Classes
Festival Celebrations


Vishnu Sahasranamam

Service Projects
ACT/SAT Training Classes
Rudram/Chamakam chanting

Swaranjali

The vision of Chinmaya Swaranjali is to develop skills in devotional music with focus on sur/shruthi, taal and lyrics in different languages.

Shishu Vihar

This class is ideal for children ages 2 and 3 accompanied by parents.  Children are introduced to Ganesha, Krishna and Shiva through nursery rhyme style bhajans, epic stories, yoga and crafts.

Bala Vihar Curriculum

Bala Vihar GroupsText BooksSyllabus & Teachers Reference
Common for all classesHridi Bhavayami, My Prayers, Great Saints: Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Tejomayananda, Swami Viveknanda

Invocation & Gurustotram, Daily Prayers, Kanakadhara Stotram

Bhagavad Geeta Chanting: Chapter 2

Prahalada (PKG, KG)Tarangini Volume 1 & 2, Tell me a story – Part 1Teacher’s Reference: The Alphabet Safari, Stories, Arts, Crafts, Games and Quizzes.
Nachiketa (Grades 1-2)Bala Ramayana, Tarangini Volume 3, 4, 5 & 6, Tell Me a Story – Part 2

Teacher’s Reference: Bala Ramayana, Hanuman the Superman

Stories, Arts, Crafts, Games and Quizzes

Shrirama (Grades 3-4)Bala Bhagavatam, Tarangini Volume 7, Pride Goeth Before a Fall (values), Art of God SymbolismTeacher’s Reference: Bala Bhagavatam, My twenty-four teachers, Krishna Krishna Everywhere
Skits, Quizzes & Geeta Quiz
Vyasa(Grades 5-6)Tell Me a Story – Part 3, Parables, Why  do WeTeacher’s Reference: Symbolism in Hinduism, India the Sacred Land
Extempore speech, Skits, Tests & Quizzes, Topics from ‘Hindu Culture’
Shri Krishna (Grades 7-8)Hanuman Chalisa, Values, Geeta Chapter XII, Shlokas 13 – 19), I Love you LettersTeacher’s Reference: P.O. Box Mr. God, Key to Success, Yato Dharma Tato Jayah
Vishwamitra (Grades 9-10)Self Unfoldment, Hinduism – Frequently Asked Questions, Great Saints – Adi Shankaracharya, Narasimha Mehta

Teacher’s Reference: Hindu Culture, Self Unfoldment

Extempore Speeches, Skits, Geeta Quizzes, Written Assignments, Discussions, Debates on current topics

Chinmaya (Grades 11-12)On Wings and Wheels, Geeta for Yuva, Great Saints – Adi Shankaracharya, Narasimha MehtaTeacher’s Reference: Geeta for me
Extempore Speeches, Skits, Geeta Quizzes, Written Assignments, Discussions, Debates on current topics