Q1. What does Chinmaya Mission offer for children?
The Children’s Program which Chinmaya Mission holds is called ‘Balvihar’ – (Bala= child, Vihar = growth or nourishment). Hence, the main aim of this program is to nourish the cultural growth of the child.
The Balavihar program is an integral part of the Chinmaya Mission’s activities all over the world. It’s main aim and objectives are
- To provide children (aged 5 – 13 years) with an atmosphere to grow, noble ideals, healthy emotions and physical discipline.
- To imbibe in children the richness of our culture and heritage and make them aware of the glorious tradition that they hail from.
- To create self-confidence to serve and act cheerfully in the community.
- To inculcate personal discipline and a true spirit of leadership.
- To help latent faculties within the children develop, in a spirit of genuine affection, motivation and trust.
- To foster in children a sound moral compass and personal value system, to aid them in their growth.
Q2. What are the activities that take place in a Balvihar?
Ans. Balvihar activity takes place once a week for a duration of 60 – 90 minutes, at a particular place and time suitable and convenient for all children and parents. All these activities are in English. Some of the activities taken up include:
- Chanting of Prayers in Sanskrit along with their explanation in English.
- Bhajans (Devotional singing)
- Stories from epics of our culture viz. the Ramayan and/or Srimad Bhagavatam, etc.
- Games & Activities
- Creative work
- Significance & Celebration of Cultural Festivals
- General knowledge discussions
- Bhagavad Geeta Chanting
Besides these we organise workshops and annual camps for the children to hone their skills in creative thinking, building perseverance, developing a solutions driven approach, etc.
Q3. Where are the Balvihar classes currently being held in Auckland?
Ans. We have 4 Balvihar classes running in Auckland Saturdays and Sunday (commencing soon) and 3 classes at Wellington. In Auckland, our Balvihar classes are held at:
- Mangere (Age Group: 5 – 7 years – Junior Balvihar),
- Mangere (Age Group: 8 – 10 years – Junior Balvihar),
- Mangere (Age Group: 11 – 13 years – Senior Balvihar).
See the activities list for more details and contact numbers for the Children Program (Balvihar).
Q4. When & how can I enrol my child in Balvihar?
Ans. To enrol your child into Balvihar, you need to bring them to any one of the classes indicated above. On meeting with our teachers you need to fill out an enrolment form to complete registration of your child.
The form is also available online on this site by clicking on Balvihar Enrolment Form 2018: For Auckland | For Wellington