Chinmaya Mission founded by Pujya Swami Chinmayananda in the early 50â€™s has been in the forefront of cultural and religious renaissance in the country and has grown into one of the greatest spiritual institutions of international acclaim. Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda spent over 40 years spreading to the masses the knowledge that he gained at the feet of the great Himalayan Masters.Â The Mission Motto, â€œMAXIMUM HAPPINESS FOR THE MAXIMUM TIME TO THE MAXIMUM NUMBER OF PEOPLEâ€ has been the guiding objective of the mission in all its endeavors.
Realizing that the rich heritage of our scriptures should become a part of our lives right from childhood, Gurudev started Balvihars for children, Yuvakendra for the youth and Study Group and Devi Groups for elders. Â These weekly svadhyaya classes have become very popular and form the very backbone of the mission.Â To serve society Gurudev started Vidhalayas all over the country where value based education is imparted to the children.Â The Chinmaya Hospital at Bangalore offers healthcare with modern super-specialty facilities at affordable cost.Â Several Temples all over the globe render solace and comfort to ardent seekers.Â The Chinmaya Child Welfare Scheme takes care of the children from the deprived class offering them free food and education.
To assist him in this work Gurudev started several Sandeepany Sadhanalayas where he trained an army of dedicated Swamis and Brahmacharis who have now spread all over the globe continuing his crusade.Â Pujya Gurudev worked tirelessly for almost 18 hours a day till he attained Mahasamadhi on August3, 1993.
The missionâ€™s efforts continue under the able and enlightened leadership of Pujya Swami Tejomayanandhaji, Head of Chinmaya Mission worldwide.Â In Karnataka Pujya Swami Brahmanandaji has been the guiding force having built the Karnataka Chinmaya team from almost scratch.Â Ever since his arrival in Karnataka in the early 75â€™s, he has put all the bits and pieces together and knit the Mission in Karnataka into one homogenous unit.Â Ever since his arrival the mission has looked just different! His Yajnas, Vijnana Maandir classes have taken people by storm.Â He was probably one of the earliest of the kannada orators on Vedantic subjects, a Guru who showed that â€œwe stand as one familyâ€, the Gyani whose cassettes on Bhajans, Stotrams and talks are very popular not only in India but also the world over.Â His vision in building the mission on guidelines set by Gurudev has seen the Karnataka unit grow in strength in all spheres.
Bangalore has been one of the most active centres in the Chinmaya World Map.Â Gurudevâ€™s first Yajna here was in May 1956. In the 60â€™s while Bombay was preparing to build a Sandeepany Sadhanaalaya, Bangalore was preparing itself for the Chinmaya Mission Hospital! By the year 1970, Gurudev had conducted about 12 Yajnas in Bangalore, Study classes were a regular feature and people started feeling that Chinmaaya Mission had the character in it to show direction to their lives.
Chinmaya Yuva Kendra made its entrance into the Chinmaya family from 1975 onwards and Bangalore took the lead in organizing a teenagersâ€™ camp.
The Deenabandhu Devasthanam which came into existence in 1978 in Indiranagar slowly started attaining prominence and today it is the centre of all attraction and reverence.Â The captivating form of the Kaliya Mardhana Krishna attracted many people in the surrounding areas, and daily worship is a grand spectacle to watch.Â Regular classes, Satsangas, workshops, sadhana days and observing the religious festivals like Ugadi, Ramanavami, Ganesha festival, Krishna Janmashtami, Navaratri, Deepavali, etc., have made the Temple very popular in the city.
In 1984, Chinmaya Mission got one more property to its fold, at Malleswaram where a Satsang Bhavan along with office and acharya quarter was started in May 1993.Â the Satsanga Bhavan has a beautiful idol of Venugopal Krishna.
One of the most spectacular events that ever happened in Bangalore was the Vibhuti PoojaÂ Celebrationsâ€ in 1987.Â the programme was from 7th t 19th of April â€™87.Â A Sahasra Kumbhabhishekha was performed on the 18th and the program concluded with a â€œRajat Tulabharamâ€ for Gurudev on 19th (The very first Tulabharam ofÂ Pujya Gurudev)Â All this was to celebrate the 70th birth year of Pujya Gurudev.
The first Vedanta course in Kannada under the Acharyaship of Pujya Brahmaji happened in 1989-90.Â Five Brahmacharis took Deeksha.
In 95, one more centre of Chinmaya Mission came up _ Cooke Town.Â The two storied building on 71ft X 85ft ground was inaugurated on the 25th Dec â€™95.Â Now the building also houses the Chinmaya Institute of Higher Learning.
Vidyalaya which form a very major activity of the mission has its grass roots at Bangalore with the opening of Chinmaya Vidyalaya at St. Johnâ€™s Road on May 22, 1981.Â the Vidyalaya has the unique distinction of 100% results right from day one.Â Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Koramangala began its operations from Jun 1995.Â the BDA allotted the site ( 4, 262,50 sq ft area) to KCST on a 30 year lease. Â Both the schools are rendering quality education with aÂ difference and several children who have come out of these schools are serving in high positions and lucrative jobs.
Besides the school, the complex in Koramangala also houses the Sharada Mandir and Satsang hall which has become the centre for mission members of that area.Â Regular classes, Satsangs and Yajnas are held at Sharada Mandir.
In 1997 another addition to the list of mission Centre at Bangalore is Vijayanagar.Â The centre which has a beautiful idol of Lord Ganesh was inaugurated on May 01, 1997.Â this unit is vibrant with regular Satsangs and classes.Â The Yajnas of Swami Brahmananda in this area draw a large number of seekers.
On 1st January, 2005 another beautiful big centre SRIPAADAKSHETRA in J.P.Nagar, Banagalore south with Lord Dakshinamurthy as the presiding deity was inaugurated.Â This centre has become a very active hub and hosts a number of programmes.Â The centre has a beautiful hall has a beautiful hall attached to the temple where 800 people can be comfortably seated.Â It also houses a separate Satsang hall for regular classes, an excellent book shop with library facility and comfortable kutias for resident and visiting acharyas.Â The regular Monday pujyas in the morning and evening draw huge number of devotees.Â Yajnas, Satsangas and regular classes for children, youth, elders and ladies are a regular feature.Â The weekly bhajan classes and the daily Vedic chanting classes are attended by a number of serious sadhaks.
The chinmaya Child Welfare Centre to take care of children of slums and construction workers around Marathhalli on the outskirts of Bangalore was started at Chinnapanahalli in 1975.Â the school caters to children in the age group of two to ten years by offering them free education and mid-day meals as a part of Narayana Seva, an inspiration from Gurudevâ€™s discourses on Chapter three of the Bhagavad Gita.Â The mobile clinic of the Chinmaya Mission Hospital along with a doctor visits once a week for regular medical health care check up of the children and gives free medicines.
Chinmaya Mission Hospital:
In the 60â€™s to 70â€™s for the Chinmaya Mission hospital to come into existence in Indiranagar, one major force that has tended its growth was Brahmaleena Swamini Sharadapriyananda.Â Her untiring work and seva has brought about the Hospital dream in Bangalore into reality.Â This is a modern 200-bed hospital having the latest equipment and a staff of highly skilled doctors and nurses.Â The hospital has a 24-hourâ€™s emergency department, a twin operation theatre, an intensive care unit , and an outpatient department that offers cardiology, dentistry, ENT, gynecology, neonatology, obstetrics, ophthalmology, pediatric, pathology, physiotherapy and general medicine services.Â In order that underprivileged patients are also able to avail of the hospitalâ€™s facilities, a considerable proportion of the services are either provided free or at very affordable cost.Â The hospital also provides free immunization to 150 infants every week. Â The hospital has also established a community centre in Hoodi village that offers health services combined with welfare activities, childcare and education to the poor people of the community.
Chinmaya Institute of Nursing:
The Chinmaya Institute ofÂ Nursing which has been running a Diploma Course in Nursing and Midwifery since 1985 and enjoyed the uninterrupted recognition of the Indian Nursing Council.Â The Chinmaya Institute of Nursing with excellent results has earned a very good name and the Nurses trained here are valued wherever they are.Â This year the Institute has been upgraded to collage of Nursing with a four year B.Sc Degree Course with intake of 40 students attached to the Hospital for clinical training.
The mission has also served the society through various other platforms like Old Age Homes, Rural Development Schemes, Vocational Training Schools, etc.,Â the mission also has rendered aid during several national calamities.Â Bangalore also has been witness to several national camps, youth camps, seminars and workshops and has been visited by almost all the acharyas of the mission who have conducted several Jnana Yajna here.Â The Yuva Kendra and study group members have associated themselves with several social programmes which have made the mission a house hold name.Â As on October 2009 there are 47 Balvihars, 8 Yuvakendras, 20 study Groups and 8 Devi Groups active in various parts of Bangalore.