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Gita Competition - Round 2 Results

We successfully completed the Second round of Gita competition for this academic year on April 14th, 2024.

Results of Second Round Gita competition (Chapter 4; Verses 22 - 42):

Group 1 (Preschool & KG)
Judges choice award: Advaya Chingalwar

Peoria & Springfield: Not enough participation in this age group

Group 2 (1st & 2nd grades)
Judges Choice Award: Rithanya Arunkumar

Judges Choice Award: Advesh Chingalwar

Not enough participation in this age group

Group 3 (3rd & 4th grades)
1st prize - Shivaa Iyer
2nd prize - Jashwanth Gaggara
3rd prize - Rithwik Arunkumar

Bloomington & Springfield:
Not enough participation in this age group

Group 4 (5th & 6th grades)
1st prize - Anvi Sajja
2nd prize - Saanvi Sajja
3rd prize - Yatika Suman

Bloomington & Springfield:
Not enough participation in this age group

Group 5 (7, 8 & 9th grades)
1st prize - Saanvi Bhima
2nd prize - Saathvik Bhima
3rd prize - Chinmayee Tatavarthi

Bloomington & Springfield:
Not enough participation in this age group

Group 6 (10, 11 & 12th grades)
Peoria, Bloomington & Springfield:
Not enough participation in this age group

CHYKs & Adults
1st prize - Bhargavi Madala

1st prize - Janaki Jayanty

Adults Open book Gita competition was held for the first time on the auspicious occasion of Pujya Gurudev's 108th Jayanti. We had an impressive participation in this group.

1st Prize - Sowjanya Nagabyrava
2nd Prize - Prathibha Komaravelli
3rd Prize - Sridevi Bhima

1st Prize - Sunita Tripathi

Did you know? You can now make your special days even more special at CMP !!!

We invite families to celebrate children's birthdays and wedding anniversaries with the Sāyaṅkāla Śri Saraswati Pūjā/Ārati. This simple, 10-15 minute ceremony, guided by our sevaks and sevikas, is a beautiful way to instill devotion and create lasting memories.

Click on the image to the left and scan the QR code or contact SaiSudha Anandam at 3093602201 to participate.

Let's come together to celebrate and foster spiritual growth.

Om Tat Sat
Chinmaya Hamsavāhini

Sundarakāṇḍa by Swami Aparajitananda

(Teachings from Sri Rāmacharitamānas)

How to meet problems and difficulties in life?

Hold on to Bhagavan. He will inspire us, guide us, strengthen us, and empower us in facing all challenges in life. Sundarakāṇḍa is that beautiful portion in the Ramayana where Bhagavan empowers His beloved devotee Hanuman ji to accomplish almost impossible tasks. Sundarakāṇḍa teaches us how to tune towards Bhagavan of our hearts and make our lives joyful and successful.

Harih Om! Dear Chinmaya families - Join us in inspiring Satsangas.

Satsang TopicSundarakāṇḍa (Teachings from Sri Rāmacharitamānas)
WhenTue Jan 23, 2024 – Sun Jan 28, 2024
Time6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
VenueChinmaya Mission Peoria,
5108 W Yoga Way, Peoria, IL 61615

<<<< Recorded Satsang videos are coming soon >>>>

Om Tat Sat
Chinmaya Hamsavāhini

Satsang Series for CHYKs

Happy New Year to one and all!

As we welcome 2024, We invite all of our CHYKs to join us for a special satsang series of 6 talks.
Each Brahmachari will give a Satsang on a topic of their interest.

There will also be a Gurudev Special showcasing a talk by Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda as well.

This is part of our initiative to gear up for 50 years of CHYK 2025.

When: First Sunday of the month starting January 7th (six talks)
Time: 8:00 p.m. ET / 7:00 p.m. CT / 5:00 p.m. PT
Register Here:

Chinmaya Annadātās Offer a Gift of Food and Nourishment

Harih Om! Dear Chinmaya families

Annadāta devotees of Chinmaya Hamsavāhini offer Prasāda Sevanam as they cheerfully welcome families to a Sāttvika bhojanam.

Annapūrṇe sadāpūrṇe śaṃkara prāṇavallabhe
jñāna vairāgya sidhyarthaṃ bhikṣāṃ dehica pārvati

Salutations, Oh Mother Annapoorna! Nourish us with this gift of food, the alms of your loving Grace, so that we may attain Dispassion, and Spiritual Knowledge.

Prasāda Sevanam: Bringing tranquility and purity to the mind.
A sāttvic meal is simple and healthy meal that nourishes and develops the body, mind, and intellect in keeping with the Scriptural teachings. To receive the Lord’s bountiful gift of food as Prasad and dedicate ourselves to His service is a most sacred Yajna. We invite you to participate in this sacred endeavor.

Prasāda Sevanam will be offered every Sunday from 11:30 am-12:45 pm at Chinmaya Hamsavāhini.

We endeavor for our children and their families to connect with one another and take advantage of a delicious, nutritious lunch before proceeding to their afternoon activities within and outside the mission.

Donation of $3/person is welcome.
***(Lunch will be provided on a first come, first served basis, until it lasts) ***

Update on To-Go boxes:

*Please note: Prasāda Sevanam is intended for in-house dining only. However, for the benefit of some teachers who may need we have the arrangement of To-Go boxes. We are extending this availability to parents who have an immediate need to leave after Bala Vihar. We have a limitation in serving too many To-Go boxes, therefore the overall limit will be 20 boxes available to be given each Sunday.

To-Go boxes are available to everyone only on a weekly pre-order basis through sign up genius at You may use this link through the end of December 2023. Orders must be placed by 6 pm each Saturday, for pick up the next day, Sunday, at 11:30 am. For questions and Annadātā sign up, please reach out to our Annadāta coordinators.

Kavita Kallu @309-453-3592 or

Om Tat Sat
Chinmaya Hamsavāhini

Welcome to 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 favorable for sprouting and steady growth through proper guidance 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”. ~ Pujya Swami Chinmayananda

We are excited to start another year of Chinmaya Bala Vihar (and the many associated programs). Our session runs every year from August to May, and the REGISTRATION IS OPEN NOW FOR 2023-24. Your early registration is important in helping us plan the upcoming year more effectively.

Let's make Bala Vihar our Sunday habit!

1st Day of the 2023-2024 Bala Vihar Classes: August 20, 2023
Time: 9:30-11:30 am
Venue: Chinmaya Hamsavāhini, 5108 W Yoga Way, Peoria, IL 61615

Motto : Keep smiling: "Give maximum happiness to maximum people for maximum time"!

Griha Pravesha of Chinmaya Hamsavāhini

Hari OM!

Dear Chinmaya Families,
Thank you all for coming and participating in the Chinmaya Hamsavāhini Gṛha Praveśa ceremony on January 3, 2021. It was a successful journey for all of us that culminated as a milestone day with a special pooja that purified our new home and established the divine energy of Goddess Saraswathi throughout the premises. The divine grace, Pujya Gurudev’s blessings and support from all of you resulted in this excellent community accomplishment. Our sincere and heart-felt thanks for the continued support throughout this endeavor.

Please use the following links to watch a brief video on the Chinmaya Hamsavāhini Gṛha Praveśa ceremony and browse through the pictures.

Opening Ceremony Short Video:
Opening Ceremony Pictures:

We will continue to use our current On-line tools and approach for conducting Bala Vihar and related spiritual programs & events. We will continue to monitor, take appropriate action, and notify all concerned on when to start using our new home for in-person classes and programs based on the COVID-19 guidelines on the In-Person learning and assembly from the Illinois State Government.

In the meanwhile, we are open to requests for renting our facility for certain special needs such as conducting music/dance/arts classes for a small group of students provided they meet all COVID-19 learning framework guidelines issued by the Illinois State Government. Please send your request with all details for consideration to We will revert to the requestor in a timely manner. Thank you.

With prem and OM!
Chinmaya Hamsavāhini

Has the Bhagavad Geeta gone through YOU?

Single stop for all Bhagavad Geeta related material available in Chinmaya Mission!

Video Messages from Swamins and Brahamacharins

Video Messages from Swamins and Brahamacharins

Under these uncertain times, we hope that these messages of hope and faith will be helpful to you. Please find below messages from Swamins and Brahamacharins from various centers in North America.

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Gita 365 App - Free download on Google Play and Apple App Store

To: All Chinmaya Mission Centers

Hari Om!

Dear Chinmaya Family,

Chinmaya Mission Houston (CMH), inspired and led by Acarya Pujya Darshanaben Nanavaty, has developed an App "Gita 365".

Gita 365 virtually takes Pujya Gurudeva's teachings of Holy Gita to the seeker, through 3-minute multimedia segments, where Pujya Gurudeva uplifts, enlightens, and guides the seeker's thoughts, transforming their day, one day at a time, 365 days a year.

To introduce the Gita 365 App, CMH has also developed a trailer that explains the content, the navigation and downloading of the App.

We are extremely happy, and very indebted to Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda and Pujya Swami Swaroopananda for officially launching Gita 365 on October 4, 2019.

Below is the link to the YouTube video of the launch:

We want each of our members to download the App and listen to Pujya Gurudeva's teaching everyday. Also, please send this message to your family and friends so that they can benefit from Pujya Gurudeva's teachings of the Holy Gita.

App is available for free download on Google Play and Apple App Store.