Activity Offerings

Balvihar is a weekly gathering of children ages 5 to 15 that takes place in Chinmaya Mission Centers or in private homes, under the supervision of trained teachers. The aim of Balvihar is to help children bloom and grow, as well as inculcate values through fun-filled activities. Balvihar enhances the overall development of children’s personalities at all levels — physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual. The mission of Balvihar is to help children learn values with fun, to delight like the moon and shine like the sun.

CMLA Balvihar

CMLA Balvihar began in the mid-80s, founded and conducted by Acharya Mahadevan and his wife Viji Mahadevan for over a decade. By the early-90s it grew in size and by 1996 most Balvihar students found their ‘Balvihar home’ in a new facility known as Chinmaya Kasi. The number of children grew more than the facility could hold, leading to the purchase in 2005 of a second facility in Tustin, named Chinmaya Mithila. In 2010, to meet the ever-growing demand for Balvihar classes in Southern California, Balvihars from both facilities merged into Chinmaya Rameshwaram in the city of Tustin. Presently over 800 students study in Chinmaya Rameshwaram alone, with another 350 Balvihar students in the region’s 6 satellite centers.

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