Chinmaya Mission Badri

The beneficiaries of the Chinmaya Mission Services, with the blessings of Pujya Gurudev, established in 1979 the Chinmaya Mission Chicago to serve as a major center for religious education, culture and tradition in this historic Chicago land. Pujya Gurudev named the center as “Badri – A School of Vedantic Studies.”

Swami Sharanananda
Swami Sharanananda hails from Puri in Orissa. Being inspired by Pujya Gurudev H.H. Swami Chinmayanandji, he joined the two year brahmachari training course in Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, in the year 1986. He was trained by H.H. Swami Tejomayanandaji. He was given Brahmachari Diksha in 1988 and became Br. Sharana Chaitanya. He has served Chinmaya Mission centers in Anugul, Rourkela and Calcutta. He has been the resident Acharya at Chinmaya Mission Chicago since March 1993.
On July 9, 1995 he was initiated into Sannyasa Diksha by H.H. Swami Tejomayanandaji and became Swami Sharanananda. He conducts yogasana and other scriptural classes during Chinmaya Mission family camps in America and Canada. Swamiji likes to be with children. He places great importance on value based living.
Because of Swamiji’s dedication to Pujya Gurudev and his selfless service to Chinmaya Mission Chicago, the center has not only thrived, but has expanded to serve the spiritual needs of many neighboring communities. Yamunotri in Graylake, IL and NW Indiana center in Munster, IN are prime examples of the growth that CMC has experienced within the past several years.

Deity: Lord Badri Narayana

Consecration Date : 24th Oct 1993
Chinmaya Mission Badri, 11 S 80 Route, 83Willowbrook, Chicago – 60527, Illinois.
Phone: +1-630-654 3370
Temple timing: Sundays 9 am to 3 pm.
Temple Description:
The sthapana mahotsava of the idol of Lord Badri Narayana took place on 24th October 1993, presided over by Swami Tejomayananda. On July 1 1993 Pujya Gurudev spent two hours at the Shrine location, even though in a wheelchair, giving detailed instructions for the upcoming inaugural function. The majestic Lord Narayana, in a sitting posture, graces the large satsang hall. The Lord blesses a number of spiritual and cultural activities at the centre.
Temple Activities :
∙ Shishu Vihar for 2 & 3 years old with a Parent Present on Sundays – 9 am – 10 am & 1 pm – 2 pm
∙ Bala Vihar for Pre-KG to 12th Graders on Sundays – 9 am – 11 am & 1 pm – 3 pm
∙ Adults Vedanta Study Groups on Sundays during our Bala Vihar Session
∙ Summer Youth Camp for Bala Vihar Children
∙ Chinmaya Yuva Kendra (CHYK) Activities (Ages – 18 – 28) – For College going and young adults – Bi-yearly CHYK Retreats
∙ Weekly Discourses by Swamiji (includes weekends/weekdays)
∙ Various other visiting Swamins/Brahmacharins Vedanta Discourses
∙ Monthly Lord Satya Narayana Puja coinciding Pouranami Days (our Calendar will have the schedule –
∙ Weekly Bhajan on Saturdays at our Shrine and 2nd Saturday day bhajans at the Devotee’s homes
∙ On request (advanced notice required) pujas for devotees to celebrate b’days/anniversaries, etc.
∙ Bi-Annual Gita Chanting Competitions and yearly Regional Competition involving all our Midwest Regional Satellite centers

Festivals celebrated: Maha Siva Ratri, Shri Rama Navami, Shri Krishna Jayanti, Lord Badri Murthi Sthapana Anniversary Puja, Holi, Deepavali, Shri Ganesh Chaturti, Shri Hanuman Jayanti, GuruDev Jayanti, Gurudev Mahasamadhi Worship, Mother’s Day Matru Puja, Gita Jayanti, Swami Tapovan Jayanti, Ganesh & Saraswathi Puja during our start of our Yearly activities (September beginning).

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Address: 11S080 Kingery Highway, Willowbrook, IL 60527
Phone: (630) 654-3370

Balavihar Locations:
Willowbrook – location:
Chinmaya Badri
11S080 Kingery Highway
Willowbrook, IL 60527

Grayslake – location:
Chinmaya Yamunotri
30877 N. Fairfield Rd,
Grayslake, IL 60030

Chicago – location:
Chinmaya Gangotri,
Bennett Day School,
955 W Grand Ave,
Chicago IL 60642

Milwaukee – Location:
10437 W Innovation Dr,
Wauwatosa, WI 53226

Madison – location
533 Burnt Sienna Dr.,
Middleton WI, 53562

St. Louis – location
Kirkwood Community Center
111 S Geyer Rd,
Kirkwood, MO