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.
Brahmachārinī Jyoti Chaitanya
Brahmachārinī Jyoti Chaitanya is a graduate of the 17th batch Vedānta Course, Sāndeepany Mumbai, conducted under the loving guidance of Pūjya Swāmi Swaroopānandajī and under the masterful tutelage of Pūjya Swāmi Bodhātmānadajī.
It became apparent to Jyotijī at an early age, that we had become ‘patients of life’, faced with the seemingly incurable ‘disease of the mind’. In her investigation of this condition, she was lead to the halls of Chinmaya Mission where, in the company of fellow CHYKs and under the guidance of Pūjya Swāmi Prakashānandajī, via various books and discourses of Parama Pūjya Gurudev, she came to discover that a possible cure might exist.
The conclusion was drawn that, if there was a spiritual science which could master this plague of the mind, then good sense dictated that efforts be redirected into this pursuit. Thus this initial curiosity rapidly grew into an outright mission to discover ‘The Truth’, and a willingness to do whatever it took to do so.
Migrating to Bhārata Mātā in mid-2017, and having been exposed to the Masters of Advaita philosophy for 2 years at Sāndeepany, the humbling experience translated into an unwavering and immeasurable gratitude to Paramparā which could only be fulfilled by a dedicated life of service, in the spirit of sannyāsa. And so, Brahmacharia Dīksa was bestowed by Mukhya Swāmijī, in the presence of Pūjya Gurujī on Mahatma Gāndhi Jayanti 2019.
Thus began the, now formally sanctified, journey of this spiritual sādhaka. Having left behind one life of service to the people through karma yoga as a medical practitioner with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery, to now embrace a life of seva to humanity through jñāna mārga, Jyotijī’s spiritual evolution continues to unfold through her passion for sharing and living our ancient and sacred śāstras.
Jyotijī currently serves at Chinmaya Mission Trinidad & Tobago, conducting satsangs and study groups, as well as assisting in the formulation of a standardized Value Education Syllabus to be implemented across all the Chinmaya Vidyālaya High Schools. She also facilitates online study groups and training for other centers in the USA and global initiatives through CMW.
Ever at His feet, in service and humility.
Dr. Raghu G.V.
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 addition he has been involved with the Hindu Temple of Atlanta since 1989 and served there as the Education committee chairman for over 10 years. During this time he came in contact with and was deeply influenced by many Chinmaya Mission Swamis, Brahmacharis and other spiritual teachers.
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. During this period he was further influenced by the spiritual life of the Sannyasa order and the other inspired youthful Vedanta students. In these 18 months, the Bhagavad Gita, 10 Upanishads, Vivekacoodamani, 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.
In 2014 a center was established with the guidance of Swami Shanthanandaji, which was named Chinmaya Niketan by Pujya Guruji.
Smt Geetha Raghu Grandhige
Smt Geetha Raghu Grandhige’s spiritual journey started with attending Swami Chinmayanandaji’s family camp at Orlando, FL in 1989. From that time on, she has been attending family camps. In 1992 she had the fortune of meeting Swami Tejomayanandaji. She attended the 13th Vedanta course conducted by Swami Tejomayanandaji in 2005 to 2007.
Now she resides in Atlanta, GA and is trying to spread the little knowledge gained in the course. She has been conducting and coordinating the Bala Vihar classes since 1990. She has continued to actively participate in Study groups since 1994. Since returning from the Vedanta course she expanded her teaching activities to two weekly Bhagavad Gita classes, Ramacharitamanas class and weekly Bala Vihar class.
Deity: Sri Ram Parivar
Consecration Date: July 25th-27th 2015 by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda
Location Address: 5511 Williams Rd Norcross, GA 30093
Temple Timing: Daily 6.30 PM to 7.30 PM (visits only by appointment)
Temple Description: Chinmaya Niketan is a beautiful ashram set on a 15 acre lot with Sri Ram Parivaar as its presiding deity. The ashram’s main sanctum, auxiliary building and house are nicely nestled within the backdrop of trees and greenery surrounded by a large field and basketball court for fun and activities.
- Daily Ram Parivaar Puja.
- Weekly Guru Paduka Puja, Masa Sivaratri Rudrabhishekham (monthly)
- Monthly Sri Ram Parivar Abhishekham
- Sunday Bala Vihar during regular school year
- Weekly Adult study groups
- 2-3 yagnas per year with visiting Swamijis
- Summer Children’s camp
- Labor Day Family camp with visiting Swamiji
- Ravan Dahan and Food Mela
- Bhagavad Gita Chanting Competition
- Annual Food Drive during Thanksgiving
- Spring Shoe Drive
- Vedic Chanting classes
- Yoga classes
- Regional Language Classes
- Sanskritam Classes for Adults & Children
- Guru/Vyasa Purnima.
- India Independence day.
- Ganesh Chaturthi.
- Garbha & Golu set up during Navaratri.
- Deepavali with Laxmi Puja, Annakoot & Fireworks.
- Gita Jayanti
- New Year Eve Satsang
- India’s Republic Day
- Sri Rama Navami with Laghu Kalyanam and Rama’s Birthday Bash for Bala Vihar Children.
- Hanuman Jayanti
- Gurudev Jayanti
- Chinmaya Niketan Varshikotsavam with the Sri Sita Rama Kalyana to celebrate this Sri Ram Parivaar Pratishthapana (yearly 3rd weekend of July).
Web / Live streaming Link: http://www.chinmaya-atlanta.com/
Chinmaya Niketan YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJhZ_5j1cdtuCgfg_MvhwWg
Activities & More at Atlanta
Address: 5511 Williams Rd, Norcross, GA 30093
Phone: (678) 615-7088
Norcross – location:
5511 Williams Road,
Norcross, GA 30093
Riverdale – location:
Hindu Temple of Atlanta
Riverdale, GA 30274
Huntsville-Madison – location
1239 Deborah Dr,
Huntsville, AL 35801