Chinmaya Mission Dallas & FortWorth
CM D/FW is a vibrant community. The two centers bustle with activity, especially on weekends. Since the inauguration in December 1999, Bala Vihar® activity has grown so much that we now have 2 sessions at Chinmaya Chitrakoot and 5 sessions at Chinmaya Saaket and 1 session at Chinmaya Panchavati every weekend. In order to accommodate the growing demand in the D/FW area we have another satellite center in Fort Worth.
CM D/FW has an enrollment of over 1400 children who attend Bala Vihar classes every weekend. We are proud to have over 700 member families who support us in various ways. There are about 200 volunteer teachers who dedicate their time to teach in the Bala Vihar program.
In addition to the Bala Vihar program, we also conduct cultural classes for the children such as, music, dance, languages, Slokathon and Gita chanting. Our resident Teacher, Swami Sarveshananda Saraswati conducts several classes and study groups during the week, as well as monthly Jnana Yajnas at Chinmaya Chitrakoot, Chinmaya Saaket and other satellite centers. Swami Sarveshananda, Teacher P.B Ghate and Teacher Asha Ghate also celebrate all major festivals and events like Sivaratri, Ramanavami, Janmashtmi, Gurudev’s jayantiand aradhana.
Chinmaya Saaket, centrally located in North Dallas, was inaugurated on Dec 26, 1999 by H.H Swami Tejomayananda. Our Vedantic learning center is a 12,000 square foot building with an inbuilt auditorium, 11 class rooms for conducting Bala Vihar® classes and study groups, a residence for the acharya, library, and temple. Saaket literally means the abode of Lord Rama. Our center houses a temple with Lord Rama, Sitaji, Lakshmanji & Hanumanji as the main deities along with Lord Ganesha and Lord Siva. A unique highlight of Chinmaya Saaket is the beautiful stained glass Chinmaya Mission logo, which casts a soft orange glow on Pujya Gurudev’s picture in the foyer every morning.
Bala Vihar classes are held every weekend during the academic year (Sept. to May).
Following the succesful launch of Bala Vihar® classes at Chinmaya Chitrakoot in 2010, we will continue to offer two Bala Vihar sessions each weekend under the guidance of our three Spiritual Teachers, Swami Sarveshananda, our resident Teacher of Chinmaya Mission D/FW, Acharya P. B. Ghate, and Acharya Asha Ghate.
Chinmaya Chitrakoot was officially inaugurated on May 8, 2010 by Swami Sarveshananda. Conveniently located in Irving, the Vedantic learning center is a 22,000 square foot building with an inbuilt auditorium, 24 class rooms for conducting Bala Vihar classes and study groups, library.
Formerly known as Bramhachari Uddhav Chaitanya, our acharya Swami Sarveshananda was bestowed Sanyasa Diksha (order of renunciation) by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, Head of Chinmaya Mission Worldwide, on the auspicious occasion of Maha Shivaratri (March 03, 2011).
Inspired by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, Swami Sarveshananda joined the Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai in 1993. After completing the course in 1995, he was initiated as a Brahmachari and posted as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission, Vijayawada where he served until June, 2002. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Resident Acharya of Chinmaya Mission in Dallas, Texas, by Pujya Guruji, Swami Tejomayananda.
Swami Sarveshananda is also the National Director of Chinmaya Mission Yuva Kendra (CHYK) West, the youth wing of Chinmaya Mission West. CHYK West manages CHYK chapters all across North America including West Indies. CHYK West aims to increase spiritual awareness among youth and young adults (18 – 35 years) so that they live life purposefully – with a clear and noble personal vision and an attitude of service to the community. Swami Sarveshananda was himself a CHYK while growing up in India, and received direct guidance from Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayananda. A dynamic and engaging speaker, Swami Sarveshananda works tirelessly to spread the wisdom of Vedanta through retreats, workshops, camps and innovative youth programs that inspire young people. Swami Sarveshananda has touched many lives through his service, dedication and loving presence. He is popular with children and youth because of his ability to connect with young minds.
Swami Sarveshananda’s weekly schedule includes conducting satsangs, study groups, Devi groups, and Bala Vihar sessions. Additionally, Swami Sarveshananda holds other events at the mission such as training sessions, annual camps, picnics, walkathons, and the popular lock-ins for children. He is also frequently invited by Chinmaya Mission centers all around the country to conduct Jnana yajnas and annual camps. In spite of a demanding schedule, Swami Sarveshananda is never too busy to bring cheer to little child, guide a restless teenager or joke with volunteers to light up their day. Swami Sarveshananda handles his busy workload with a smile. His calm demeanor and easy-going nature puts everyone at ease. He advises, “Walking the spiritual path is not easy, but it’s worth it. An ounce of effort makes a world of difference to us and the world around us.”
For more on Swami Sarveshananda, read his interview with Brahmacharini Suniti Chaitanya.
Contact Information Phone: 972-267-6198
Email: Swami Sarveshananda (email@example.com)
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Twitter: Swami Sarveshananda (http://www.twitter.com/swsarveshananda)
Brahmachari Hari Chaitanya
Br.Hari Chaitanya was born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Brahmachari Hari Chaitanya has been associated with CMDFW since he was a Kindergartener at Chinmaya Saaket. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Texas at Dallas and was an active member of CHYK Dallas.
In 2013, Br. Hari attended the first batch of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) America under Pujya Swami Sarveshanandaji and thereafter served on the CHYK West Steering Committee, where he coordinated Junior CHYK initiatives. As a CHYK, Br. Hari taught Balavihar classes at Chinmaya Saaket for six years.
Upon completion of the 17th Residential Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai under Pujya Swami Bodhatmanandaji, Br. Hari Chaitanya was posted to serve at CMDFW.
Contact Information Email: Br. Hari Chaitanya (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Brni. Archana Chaitanya
Brahmacharini Archana Chaitanya grew up in Bentonville, Arkansas as a Balavihar student. In college, Brni. Archana Chaitanya was an active member of the local Chinmaya Yuva Kendra and attended the first batch of the Youth Empowerment Program (YEP) America in 2013 under Pujya Swami Sarveshanandaji. Thereafter, she served on the CHYK West Steering Committee and taught Balavihar classes in Bentonville and Dallas-Fort Worth. Brni. Archana Chaitanya attended the 17th Residential Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya in Mumbai, India under Pujya Swami Bodhatmanandaji. Upon completion of the course, she was posted to serve at CMDFW in 2019.
Contact Information Email: Brni. Archana Chaitanya (email@example.com)
Shri Prabhakar B. Ghate (PBG) hails from Dharwad in the state of Karnataka. PBG came to the US in 1958 as a Fulbright Scholar after graduating fromKarnataka University with high honors. After completing his Ph.D. in 1962, he joined Cornell University, where he pursued a career in research and teaching
until the summer of 1966. In September of 1966, PBG moved to the Dallas area to start his long and distinguished career with Texas Instruments where he worked until January 1995, retiring as a Texas Instruments (TI) Fellow and Worldwide Manager of Reliability in the Semiconductor Division. When PBG first came here there were hardly fifty to sixty people of Indian origin, including children, in the area. India Association of North Texas (IANT) was in its infancy. PBG served as a President of IANT in 1970. He delivered presentations on sanatana dharma at several area churches and schools, as well as UT Southwestern Medical School. For a number of years, PBG was a member of the Inter-faith group and offered peace prayers during Thanksgiving. He is a founding member of the Dallas Fort Worth Hindu Temple Society and also served as one of the trustee.
PBG has a long association with Chinmaya Mission starting in 1982 when he had the opportunity to listen to Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s discourses at the camp in Houston. After that he used to attend Gurudev’s discourses regularly whenever he came to Houston. In 1991, he attended Gurudev’s discourses on the Bhagavad Gita in Piercy, California, as well as his seventy-fifth birthday tulabhar celebration, in Mumbai, India.
PBG met Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda in 1989, when DFW Hindu temple hosted his discourses on Navadha Bhakti. Since then PBG has attended several camps and courses conducted by Guruji, culminating with
the Vedanta Course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai from 2005 – 2007. During this time PBG also passed, with distinction, the Kovid examination in Sanskrit conducted by Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan.
PBG has been involved with Chinmaya Saaket since the purchase of the land in 1998, the bhumi puja, vastu puja and the installation and consecration of the deities in the Ram Mandir in 2000. He has currently been assigned by Guruji to CMDFW.
Smt. Asha Ghate was born and brought up in Hyderabad. After completing after master’s degree in Economics from Osmania University, she got married to Dr. P.B. Ghate, and arrived in Ithaca, NY in Nov. 1964. The Ghate family has made Richardson, TX their home from Sept. 1966, since Dr. Ghate joined Texas Instruments. Smt. Ashaji also has a Master’s degree in Library Science from North Texas State University (NTSU), and worked at the Richardson Public Library for a brief period. For more than a decade, she worked as a
Leisure Travel Consultant and traveled all around the world. She volunteered as a Social Events Coordinator of India Assoc. of North Texas (IANT) for several events in the late 60’s. She was an active member of
the DFW Maharashtra Mandal from its inception and served at the President in 1993-1994. Ashaji has been a Founding Member of the Dallas/ Fort Worth Hindu Temple (DFWHTS), and has been active in organizing several pujas and discourses.
Smt. Ashaji also has a long association with Chinmaya Mission starting in 1982, when she heard Pujya Gurudev, Swami Chinmayanandaji’s discourses in Houston. In the summer of 1991, she attended Pujya Gurudev’s discourses on Shrimad Bhagvad Gita at Piercy, California. In Dec. 1991, she attended Pujya Gurudev’s 75th Birthday Suvarna Tulabhar Celebration in Mumbai. In 1989, when the DFW Temple hosted Pujya Guruji’s discourses on Navadha Bhakti, Ashaji met Swami Tejomayanandaji. Thereafter, she attended several camps and courses conducted by Pujya Guruji in India and the US. When CMDFW was officially formed in 1994, Pujya Guruji appointed Ashaji as the Vice President. This was followed by her appointment as the President of
CMDFW in 1997, in which position she served until 2005. With the enthusiastic cooperation of several devotees and generous donors, in 1998 CMDFW purchased the land on Davenport Road, Dallas and construction was started at the Saaket center. The building was inaugurated on December 26, 1999 by Swami Tejomayanandaji. On January 1, 2000, Pujya Guruji also performed the murti sthapana at Saaket Temple.
Diety: Lord Rama & Mother Sita
Consecration date : Dec 26, 1999 (Saaket) and May 8, 2010 (Chitrakoot)
Saaket: 17701 Davenport Rd, Dallas, TX 75252
Chitrakoot: 900 N. Belt Line Road, Irving, TX 75061
Temple Timing: Centers are open when Balavihar is in session.
Saaket: Our Vedantic learning center is a 12,000 square foot building with an inbuilt auditorium, 11 class rooms for conducting Balavihar classes and study groups, a residence for the acharya, library, and temple. Saaket literally means the abode of Lord Rama. Our center houses a temple with Lord Rama, Sitaji, Lakshmanji & Hanumanji as the main deities along with Lord Ganesha and Lord Siva. A unique highlight of Chinmaya Saaket is the beautiful stained glass Chinmaya Mission logo, which casts a soft orange glow on Pujya Gurudev’s picture in the foyer every morning.
Chitrakoot: Conveniently located in Irving TX, the Vedantic learning center is a 22,000 square foot building with an inbuilt auditorium, 24 class rooms for conducting Balavihar classes and study groups, library.
Temple activities: There are plenty of classes and activities to suit everyone’s needs. In addition to the Balavihar program, we also conduct cultural classes for the children such as, music, languages including Telugu, Malayalam Hindi, Gujarati classes, Slokathon and Gita chanting. Our Acharya conducts several classes during the week, as well as monthly jnana yajnas. We also celebrate all major festivals and events like Sivaratri, Ramanavami, Janmashtmi, Gurudev’s Jayanti and Aradhana.
Festivals celebrated: We also celebrate all major festivals and events like Sivaratri, Ramanavami, Janmashtmi, Gurudev’s Jayanti and Aradhana.
Web link, live streaming link: https://www.youtube.com/user/cmdfw
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Address: 17701 Davenport Rd. Dallas, Texas 75252
Phone: (972) 250-2470
Dallas – location:
17701 Davenport Road,
Dallas, Texas 75252
Irving – location:
900 N. Belt Line Road,
Irving, TX 75061
Frisco – location:
12615 Jereme Trail,
Frisco, Texas 75035
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