Sacramento Bala Vihar was founded in the summer of 1992 with a starting class size of 4 students by Nalini Prasad. With dedicated support from additional visionary parents of the Greater Sacramento area including Vanaja Tivakaran, Nalini Mehtani, Haripriya Raghavan, and Gautam Gandhi, the organization had grown to ~100 students by 2008-09, when the Sacramento Bala Vihar was formally affiliated to Chinmaya Mission West, and as a registered satellite center of Chinmaya Mission San Jose.
The Bala Vihar and Yuva Kendra programs are structured according to the students’ grades in the general public school system from Kindergarten through High School (K-12). We have combined some grades, either for lack of teaching volunteers or lack of sufficient students to warrant a class. A few Indian vernacular languages classes are also offered.
To provide an organized means for the maintenance and promotion of the best of Indian cultural values in the greater Sacramento region.
To plant the seeds of Vedanta in children, and to teach vedantic principles to families.
To provide a supportive peer group to those of Indian origin that will help families teach their children about their heritage, and serve as a source for information, inspiration, role models, and friendship.
What is Chinmaya Mission?
Chinmaya Mission was formed by a group of devotees, in 1953 in India after Swami Chinmayananda’s first series of talks held in Madras, India. The purpose of Chinmaya Mission is to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to society. Click here to go to the main Chinmaya Mission Web site, if you want to learn more about the Mission.