Time Venue Topic Facilitator Contact
4.00 pm - 5:30 pm Chinmaya Centre Age Group: 5 – 7 years – Junior Balvihar Raji and Suma
4.00 pm - 5:30 pm Chinmaya Centre Age Group: 8 – 12 years – Junior Balvihar Jyoti and Deepa
4.00 pm - 5:30 pm Chinmaya Centre Age Group: 12 – 16 years – Senior Balviha Ishaan and Mahima
Time Venue Topic Facilitator Contact
4.00 pm - 5:30 pm Zoom Age Group: 5 – 12 years – Junior Balvihar Deepa and Smitha

In-Person class on Saturday’s

2023 Dates
• Term one: 11th Feb to 1st April 2023
• Term two: 22nd April to 1st July
• Term three: 22nd July to 23rd September
• Term four: 14th October to 9th December

The fees options:
Full year = $200
Half Year = $110 for 2 terms
BV classes will remain closed during all long weekends.
Chinmaya Centre : 63, McKenzie Road, Mangere Bridge, Auckland

Balvihar 2023 (Saturday)

Zoom Balvihar – Sunday’s

• Term 1, 12th Feb to 2bd April
• T2, 23rd April to 2nd July
• T3, 23rd July to 24th Sept
• T4, 15th Oct to 10th Dec

The fees options:
Full year = $175
Half Year = $100 for 2 terms
BV classes will remain closed for all long weekends.
Zoom Balvihar 2023 (Sunday)

Q1. What does Chinmaya Mission offer for children?

The Children’s Program which Chinmaya Mission holds is called ‘Balvihar’ – (Bala= child, Vihar = growth or nourishment). Hence, the main aim of this program is to nourish the cultural growth of the child.
The Balavihar program is an integral part of the Chinmaya Mission’s activities all over the world. It’s main aim and objectives are

  • To provide children (aged 5 – 13 years) with an atmosphere to grow, noble ideals, healthy emotions and physical discipline.
  • To imbibe in children the richness of our culture and heritage and make them aware of the glorious tradition that they hail from.
  • To create self-confidence to serve and act cheerfully in the community.
  • To inculcate personal discipline and a true spirit of leadership.
  • To help latent faculties within the children develop, in a spirit of genuine affection, motivation and trust.
  • To foster in children a sound moral compass and personal value system, to aid them in their growth.

Q2. What are the activities that take place in a Balvihar?

Balvihar activity takes place once a week for a duration of 60 – 90 minutes, at a particular place and time suitable and convenient for all children and parents. All these activities are in English. Some of the activities taken up include:

  • Chanting of Prayers in Sanskrit along with their explanation in English.
  • Bhajans (Devotional singing)
  • Stories from epics of our culture viz. the Ramayan and/or Srimad Bhagavatam, etc.
  • Games & Activities
  • Creative work
  • Significance & Celebration of Cultural Festivals
  • General knowledge discussions
  • Bhagavad Geeta Chanting

Q3. Where are the Balvihar classes currently being held in Auckland?

We have 4 Balvihar classes running in Auckland Saturdays and Sunday (commencing soon) and 3 classes at Wellington. In Auckland, our Balvihar classes are held at:

  • Mangere (Age Group: 5 – 7+ years – Junior Balvihar)
  • Mangere (Age Group: 8 – 9+ years – Junior Balvihar)
  • Mangere (Age Group: 10 – 11+ years – Intermediate Balvihar)
  • Mangere (Age Group: 12 – 15 years – Senior Balvihar)

See the activities list for more details and contact numbers for the Children Program (Balvihar).

Q4. When & how can I enrol my child in Balvihar?

To enrol your child into Balvihar, please click on the link below and complete the registration form.

BALVIHAR 2022 Learning Programme