Chinmaya Mission Houston
Chinmaya Mission Houston (CMH) was established in 1982 and has since evolved into a dynamic organization serving several hundred families. The Mission is dedicated to spreading the knowledge of Vedanta and other Hindu scriptures.
CMH conducts weekly discourses (Satsanga-s) and study groups for adults, and classes for youth (Yuvakendra) and children (Bala Vihar®).
Chinmaya Mission strongly believes that spirituality is a family activity. Special care is taken to conduct spiritual and cultural programs that interest all members of the family.
Our Mission is to provide to individuals, from any background, the wisdom of Vedanta and the practical means for spiritual growth and happiness, enabling them to become positive contributors to the society.
Our Aspiration is to provide maximum happiness to the maximum number of people for the maximum time.
Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya
Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya’s Vedantic journey began when she joined Bala Vihar® in Chinmaya Mission Houston at the age of 6. As Aditi Deshmukh, she progressed steadily until she graduated in 2009. After her undergraduate degree from University of Texas, Austin, the continued inspiration of the teachings of Pujya Uncle, Pujya Aunty, and Bala Vihar teachers steered the young aspirant to the Vedanta course at Sandeepany Sadhanalaya, Mumbai, in August 2014. After being trained in great depth by Swami Bodhatmananda (the main Acharya of the Vedanta Course 2014-16) for two years, she returned to Columbia University in New York to finish her master’s degree.
In August 2017, when Mukhya Swami Swaroopananda, the worldwide head of Chinmaya Mission, visited Houston, he gave the devoted disciple the blessing and deeksha to become Brahmacharini Shweta Chaitanya. Posted now as a young teacher in CM Houston, Shwetaji actively spreads the message of the scriptures through the Sunday pravachans at Chinmaya Prabha and in study groups across the greater Houston area. The clarity of her knowledge along with her ability to appeal lovingly to varied audiences make her a cherished asset to the community which feels fortunate to have been part of her journey from the very beginning.
Diety: Lord Shiva
Consecration Date : 19th December 2007.
Chinmaya Prabha, 10353 Synott Road Sugar Land,
Houston – 77478, Texas , USA
This 4,000 sq ft house of worship became an integral part of Chinmaya Mission Houston’s existing 43,000 sq ft facility in December 2007 when Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda inaugurated the temple. The multitudes flocked with devotion as Lord Siva was enshrined in Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya amidst great pomp and ceremony. This new temple was reverberating with the sounds of chanting and bhajans during the week long inaugural festivities that began on 16th December and concluded on 22nd December. It was Swami Chinmayananda’s vision to have a Siva temple erected on the Chinmaya Prabha premises in Houston. The uniqueness of the temple is that it is a synthesis of two areas, the structure that houses the idols, and the courtyard from which one can view the temple and the deities within. The shrine has a contemporary design. It is a glass structure sitting on a concrete pedestal that rises from a body of water. The statue of Siva is seated 13 feet above the ground. A Shivalinga on the top adds a crowning touch to the monument. The courtyard extends the tranquil ambiance felt within the sanctum sanctorum. Walls on either sides create the feeling of a room open to the skies. Covered walkways furnished with benches flank the beautiful garden. While Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya is a Siva temple, it is home to Rama, Sita, Radha, Krishna, and Ganesha as well. The temple will benefit the community for many generations to come. It will help foster the Mission to continue to teach and reinforce spiritual and cultural values, to spread the knowledge of Vedanta and Hindu scriptures, and to conduct spiritual and cultural programs that interest all members of the community. Devotees are able to perform ceremonies for special occasions like birthdays and anniversaries. Children are taught how to do Puja and devotees are able to learn the significance of Puja and the Vedantic viewpoint behind different rituals.
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Address: 10353 Synott Rd. Sugar Land, Texas 77478
Phone: (281) 568-9520
Sugar Land – location:
10353 Synott Road
Sugar Land, TX 77498-1130
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9086 Vista Verde,
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