Bala Vihar is a weekly gathering of children (Preschool to Grade 12) under the supervision of trained teachers. The aim of Bala Vihar is to help children bloom, grow, and inculcate values through fun-filled activities. Bala Vihar enhances the overall development of the personality of a child at all levels – physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.

Registration Instructions

Children are a major focus at Frederick Chapter. The goal of Bala Vihar is to “wake up the sleeping giant” in our children and inspire them to reach their maximum potential by imparting a value-based education through a specially designed age-appropriate curriculum.

The Bala Vihar program offers weekly spiritual classes for children in their formative school years (Pre K to 12). The classes are organized by age groups, start and end with Sanskrit prayers, and include chanting, bhajans, stories of devotion and morals, interactive discussions, and creative games.

The sessions are of approximately 90 minutes duration including the common assembly time, and are based on specially designed curriculum.

The idea is to provide an environment where the personality of the child blossoms in a spontaneous way. Good conduct, emotional refinement, intellectual finesse, social responsibility and spiritual awareness are developed by the teachers through story-telling from the Puranas and other scriptures, singing of bhajans, chanting of stotrams, games, arts and crafts, plays and other fun-filled activities. The children are encouraged to be responsible, alert and sensitive members of society.

Swami Chinmayananda believed that just as the strength of a wall depended on the quality of each brick, so too, the health of a society depended on the individuals. If the individuals are healthy, the society is healthy. His strategy for building a new society was to “Catch ’em young,” and that is what we are trying to accomplish at Frederick Chapter.

Frederick Chapter also offers additional classes and activities besides the regular Bala Vihar classes to help the children blossom and develop their multi-faceted talents.

The senior Balavihar classes provide a forum for youth where they are provided an opportunity to discuss, debate and understand the logic of our religion and its tenets and to become aware of their potential. After having gained this awareness, their potential is directed into creative channels. The high school students are encouraged to volunteer in community and social service activities. Additionally, different career choices are discussed along with what it takes to be a professional in those disciplines. The aim of these classes is to prepare today’s youth to be responsible and successful adults of tomorrow.

The annual session runs from August to May, parallel to the regular school calendar.

Registration Instructions

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 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
From the youngest Madhuram class to the Chinmayam class for high school youngsters, all Bala Vihar children participate in a variety of activities. The grade in which the child is enrolled in his/her school, is the basis for placement in the appropriate Bala Vihar class.

AM SessionSunday10:15 am – 12:00 pm
        Assembly PrayersSunday10:20 am – 10:50 am
        Bala Vihar Classes for ChildrenSunday10:55 am – 11:55 am
        Bhagavad Geeta Classes for AdultsSunday10:55 am – 11:55 am

Additional classes

  • Beginner Shloka Class 9:30 am – 10:10 am
  • Advanced Shloka Class 9:30 am – 10:10 am
  • Language Class 9:30 am – 10:10 am
  • Yoga Session 9:30 am – 10:10 am
  • Dance Class 12:15 pm – 1:15 pm

** All Classes are conducted at Urbana Middle School, 3511 Pontius Ct, Ijamsville, MD 21754

Important Notes For Parents!

We expect all children to follow these rules of conduct!

Every family, whether with children or without, whether an existing member or a new applicant for membership, is required to register (please check these helpful instructions) using the Online Registration System. A child may not be enrolled without his/her parent’s enrollment and participation in the Adult Classes. Please note that at least one parent is required to attend the Adult Class while the children are in Bala Vihar. Children CANNOT be left at the Mission premises without a parent.

To participate in the  Bala Vihar program, students should be entering grades Pre-K to 12. Pre-K students should be toilet trained and at least three years old as of September 1, enrolling year.

Please register early to increase the likelihood of being assigned to your first-choice session. Admission and session assignment will be confirmed to you by early August.

Only children enrolled in Bala Vihar are eligible to enroll in Performing Arts and Language classes. Students must be at least 6 years of age as of September of the current enrolling year. Registered adult members can enroll in select Performing Arts classes subject to availability of seats after admitting children. Select Language and Performing Arts classes are available for enrollment for non-members as well.

Chinmaya Mission reserves the right to accept or reject admission requests. For admission and session assignment, we recommend early registration. Session assignment is on a first-come basis and subject to capacity limitations (class sizes, Hall Capacity, Parking Lot Capacity, etc.)

Books can be bought through book stores at the Chinmaya Mission centers. In some cases books can be ordered through Chinmayam Publications website.

For cancellations of registrations on or before October 7, full refund of the pledge amount will be given. The Mission will not refund any credit card processing fee incurred by the registrant. A family canceling membership after October 7 will not be entitled to any refund of the pledges paid. For late registrants after October 7, they will have 15 days from the date of registration for cancellation with 50% refund. Thereafter, no refund will be made.

The family’s contact information provided to the Mission will be used only for internal purposes. If any of this information is to be used in flyers, websites or other publicity material, we will do so only with your permission.From time to time, for publicity purposes, CMWRC will publish photos of members taken at different Mission sessions or events, without identifying the members. If we have to identify the members, we will do so only with your prior permission.

Sevaks (volunteers) are critical to the operation of the chapter and programs.  Chinmaya Mission is a volunteer run organization. Every member is highly encouraged to serve the mission in their area of interests, based on their skills and expertise.  Selfless dedicated service is the foundation for spiritual growth.  Any amount of time and commitment offered in seva is welcome.

When registering, please ensure that you provide a current and accurate e-mail address. Please login and update information promptly if there is any change to your contact e-mail or home address. Most communications between CMWRC and its members, including weather- related cancellations, are handled via e-mail.

Need further help? Click here to contact our Membership Team!

*Important Note:  Please check Chinmaya Frederick chapter WhatsApp group,, FCPS homepage, WTOP News ( for cancellations during inclement weather.
Day/Date Event
Sun, Aug 27 2023Ganesh Puja and Bala Vihar Open House
Sun, Sep 03, 2023Labor Day Weekend – No Classes
Sun, Sep 10, 2023 Regular Class
New member orientation/Language/Shloka Open House
Sun, Sep 17, 2023Regular Class
Sun, Sep 24, 2023Regular Class
Best attendance day starts
Sun, Oct 01, 2023 Regular Class
Sun, Oct 08, 2023Chinmaya Family Picnic (No Regular Class)
Sun, Oct 15, 2023Swami Dheerananda Ji visits Frederick Chapter
Sun, Oct 22, 2023Regular Class
Common-time – Vijaya Dashami
Asvija, Shukla Dasami, ends Tue Oct 24rth, 5:44 AM
Sun, Oct 29, 2023Regular Class
Sat, Nov 04, 2023Annual Fund Raiser
Sun, Nov 05, 2023Regular Class
Sun, Nov 12, 2023Regular Class
Common-time — Sri Maha Lakshmi Puja
(Asvija – Amavasya)
Sun, Nov 19, 2023Regular Class
Sun, Nov 26, 2023Thanksgiving Weekend – No Classes
Sun, Dec 03, 2023Regular Class
Sun, Dec 10, 2023Regular Class
Sat, Dec 16, 2023Sampoorna Geeta Chanting
Sun, Dec 17, 2023Regular Class
Common-time — Tapovan Jayanti – Gita Jayanti
(Fri, Dec 22nd, Margasirsha Shuka Ekadasi)
Sun, Dec 24, 2023Christmas – No Class
Sun, Dec 31, 2023New Years Eve – No Classes
Sun, Jan 07, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Jan 14, 2024Regular Class
Common-time — Sankranthi
Sun, Jan 21, 2024Regular Class
Parent Teacher Conferences
Sun, Jan 28, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Feb 04, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Feb 11, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Feb 18, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Feb 25, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Mar 03, 2024Regular Class
Fri, Mar 08, 2024Maha Shivaratri
Fri, March 8th (Magha-Krishna-Chaturdasi)
Sun, Mar 10, 2024Regular Class
Common-time-Maha Shivaratri
(Thu, March 11th – Magha -Krishna-Chaturdasi)
Sun, Mar 17, 2024Regular Class
Geeta Chanting Competition
Sat, Mar 23, 2024Sri Tyagaraja & Purandhara Dasa Aradhana
Sun, Mar 24, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Mar 31, 2024Spring Break Weekend – No Classes
Sun, Apr 07, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Apr 14, 2024Regular Class
Common-time — Sri Rama Navami
Sun, Apr 21, 2024Regular Class
Sun, Apr 28, 2024Regular Class
Sun, May 05, 2024Regular Class
Sun, May 12, 2024Regular Class
Common-time — Mother’s Day celebrations
Bala Vihar Annual Day – I
Sat, May 18, 2024Tilak Ceremony
Sun, May 19, 2024Bala Vihar Annual Day – II
Sun, May 26, 2024Memorial Day Weekend – No Classes
Sun, Jun 02, 2024Regular Class
End of BV year 2023-24