Chinmaya Sundaram - Austin
Just over fifteen years ago in April 1988, a group of visionary families started the Austin branch of Chinmaya Mission, Chinmaya Vatika with the inspiration and full support of Acharya Gaurangbhai and Acharya Darshanaben of the Houston Chinmaya Center. The core group of fifteen families that met in the homes of two dedicated members has blossomed into a large Chinmaya Parivar.
With God’s Grace and Pujya Gurudev’s blessings, CM Austin was pleased to welcome Pujya Guruji to inaugurate its new center, Chinmaya Sundaram, on June 26, 2014. During his two-day visit, CM Austin was also blessed with Pujya Guruji’s enlightening three discourses on “Satyam, Shivam, Sundaram.” CM Austin started Bala Vihar® classes at Chinmaya Sundaram at the end of August 2014. In addition to Yoga classes the center also offers language classes (Hindi, Sanskrit, Gujarati and Telugu).
Brahmacharini Shuchita is the resident spiritual guide of Chinmaya Mission Austin. ShuchitaJi graduated from Austin College with a degree in Spanish & Biology. She then completed Master of Public Health from University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston. She has worked in the research and teaching fields. ShuchitaJi was a Bala Vihar® student in Orlando, a Chyk member in Houston as well as Dallas, and completed YEP America (Batch Two). She has organized and conducted camps and retreats for various age groups across college, professional and mission organizations. She joined the 17th Vedanta Course in 2017 under the tutelage of Swami BodhatmanandaJi. ShuchitaJi was given Brahmacarya Diksha during Navaratri 2019 and joined the Chinmaya Austin family soon after. She is immensely grateful for the opportunity to serve Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda Ji through conducting classes and spreading the joy of the timeless knowledge of Vedanta. ShuchitaJi enjoys listening to live music, going for walks, and discussing the application and understanding of Vedanta in our daily lives.
Contact Information Email: Brni. Shuchita Chaitanya (email@example.com)
Swami Shivatmananda, formerly Brahmachari Girish Chaitanya, is the resident spiritual guide of Chinmaya Mission Austin.
Swamiji graduated from the University of California at Davis with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Upon completing his degree he worked as an environmental chemist and as an electrical engineer for more than 10 years in Northern California.
In 2002 Swamiji left for Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai to join the 12th brahmachari batch. He studied under the guidance of Swami Tejomayananda and under the tutelage of Swami Ishwarananda. Upon completing the brahmachari course he served Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles for more than four years, after which he was asked by Guruji to serve in Austin.
In February 2015 Swami Shivatmananda was initiated into sannyasa in Mumbai, India on the auspicious day of Mahashivaratri. He is fluent in Gujarati, Hindi, and English. He enjoys giving discourses on Vedanta.
Rahul and Priya
Rahul and Priya are longtime members of Chinmaya Mission. Priya started going to Bala
Vihar in Chinmaya Mission Houston when she was six years old. Rahul started Bala Vihar in Chinmaya Mission Dallas when he was also six years old. Both Rahul and Priya graduated from their respective Bala Vihars and became a part of Chinmaya Yuva Kendra.
Priya and Rahul met at the first Chinmaya Yuva Kendra camp in 2005 and later got married at the Chinmaya Houston Sivalaya in 2009. Priya and Rahul attended the 15th Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya from 2011-2013.
Priya and Rahul are now primary Vedanta teachers at Chinmaya Somnath in Northern Virginia, conducting spiritual classes for devotees of all ages.
Deity: Lord Siva, Lord Krishna , Mother Meenakshi
Consecration Date : 6/24/2014
Chinmaya Sundaram, 12825 Burnet Road, Austin, Texas 78727
Temporarily closed due to COVID-19
Temple description:The Soma Sundareshwara Temple of Chinmaya Mission Austin
Currently the Archana Broadcast is as follows:
- Lord Siva – Monday at 7 PM
- Lord Krishna – Thursday at 7 PM
- Mother Meenakshi – Friday at 7 PM
- Ganesh Chaturthi
- Diwali – Laxmipujan
Live streaming: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIIgD-QCt3iYb6WLSa8ScQQ
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Address: 12825 Burnet Rd, Austin, TX 78727
Phone: (512) 820-9291
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