Chinmaya Mission Founder Swami Chinmayananda Anniversary Celebrated In Indiana

May 24, 2024 12:23 AM

Chinmaya Mission Founder Swami Chinmayananda Anniversary Celebrated In Indiana

MERRILLVILLE (Indiana) - Chinmaya Mission of the Northwest Indiana (CMNWI) celebrated 108th birth anniversary of Swami Chinmayananda, the founder of Chinmaya Mission.

Ms. Nirmita Dholakia, Spiritual Head of the CMNWI; Swami Sharanananda, Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Chicago; and Amar Shah, the Hindu Chaplain at Northwestern University attended.

CMNWI President Ms Padmini Makam narrated the landmark achievements at the CMNWI. She also appreciated the leadership of Ms Nirmita Dholakia and Swami Sharanananda that has resulted in tremendous growth at the CMNWI. Speaking at the occasion President Padmini Makam said, "Post covid-19, online and at-home programs have picked up at the CMNWI. This has been possible due to the efforts of Swami Sharanananda and [our] Spiritual Head, Nirmita Dholakia.” She also thanked the dedicated team of volunteers through whom the teachings of Pujya Gurudev are being disseminated.

The program commenced with traditional Poorna Khumbham, lamp lighting, and invocation. Accompanied by adults, the children from Mission’s Balavihar recited the Chapter 4 of the Bhagavad Gita.

Highlight of the evening was the skit and dance performances by the Balavihar students and senior members. The Skit titled 'Journey of the master - 2' was liked by one and all. This skit was a sequel and a continuation of last year's skit. The previous year's skit showcased the story of Swami Chinmayananda from his birth to the time he received Sanyaas. This year's skit showcased the rest of his life's journey, including establishing the Chinmaya mission.

The Chinmaya Mission Northwest Indiana Center, established in 2002, has grown into an organization serving the entire Indian community in Northwest Indiana. This Merrillville –based Center hosts weekly gatherings. Every Sunday, children learn Bhagavad Gita chanting, and attend Balavihar classes. The adults participate in Vedanta classes. To learn more about the mission and its activities, visit their website:

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