Chinmaya Niketan - Atlanta
Chinmaya Mission Atlanta was formally established in January 1994 by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda. When Pujya Guruji conducted a three-day jnana yajna during his 1994 visit, inspired CM devotees requested Pujya Guruji to bless Georgia with a CM center, and thus, CM Atlanta was formed as an unincorporated center of Central Chinmaya Mission® West. The center began with 25 families.
CM activities had commenced in 1992 with Chinmaya Bala Vihar classes at the Hindu Temple of Atlanta. Acharya Darshana Nanavaty (CM Houston) conducted a weekend training workshop for Bala Vihar teachers. Under the banner of CM Atlanta, Bala Vihar classes continue at the temple to date, benefiting over 200 families.
Dr. Raghu G.V. came under the spiritual influence of H.H. Swami Chimayanandaji in 1989 when his family attended a Chinmaya Family Spiritual camp in Orlando. FL. Since then he and his wife Geetha continued to attend family camps every year. The spiritual pilgrimage started then has continued to grow under the guidance of H.H. Tejomayananda Swamiji. He attended his first month long Dharma Sevak course in Piercy CA in 1997. Since then he has conducted regular weekly study groups in his home in Warner Robins, GA, which still continues.
In 2006 he retired from his medical practice and attended the year and a half long, 13th Vedanta course conducted by H.H. Swami Tejomayandaji in Mumbai Chinmaya Sandeepany Sadhanalaya. In these 18 months, the Bhagavad Gita, 10 Upanishads, Vivekacudamani, Ramacharitamanasa of Tulasidasji and many other smaller but important spiritual literary works were taught.
After returning from the Vedanta course he has continued his spiritual sadhana and is conducting study groups. Recently he has moved to Atlanta to enable himself to spread the knowledge of Vedanta to the larger community.
Smt Geetha Raghu Grandhige’s spiritual journey started with attending Swami Chinmayanandaji’s family camp at Orlando, FL in 1989. In 1992 she had the fortune of meeting Swami Tejomayanandaji. She attended the 13th Vedanta course conducted by Swami Tejomayanandaji . Her recent educational activity was Dharmasevak course in Piercy learning Swetswatara Upanishad.
She has been conducting and coordinating the Bala Vihar classes since 1990. After attending the first Dharma Sevak course in 1997 in Piercy CA, she stared a Devi group in Warner Robins, GA. She has continued to actively participate in Study groups since 1994. Since returning from the Vedanta course she expanded her teaching activities to various study groups and two weekly Bala Vihar classes.