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Unleash Your Mind. Bala Vihar Hindu Vedic Society. Bala Vihar-A Community Resource. A place for our children to learn about our identity, culture and religion in an American context. What does it mean to be a Hindu? One God or many Gods?

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unleash your mind

Unleash Your Mind

Bala Vihar

Hindu Vedic Society

bala vihar a community resource
Bala Vihar-A Community Resource

A place for our children to learn about our identity, culture and religion in an American context.

  • What does it mean to be a Hindu?
  • One God or many Gods?
  • Gandhiji, Republic Day, Constitution, Equality, MLK Jr.
bala vihar a community resource3
Bala Vihar-A Community Resource

A place for our children to learn about our identity, culture and religion in an American context.

A place where our children reinforce, through peer interaction, the values and traditions taught at home.

  • Why do we do a puja?
  • Why do we take our shoes off at the temple?
bala vihar a community resource4
Bala Vihar-A Community Resource

A place for our children to learn about our identity, culture and religion in an American context.

A place where our children reinforce, through peer interaction, the values and traditions taught at home.

A place where our children (and all of us) can extend our understanding of customs, cultures and beliefs across various regions of India, the US and the world.

  • What is Rakhi? What is Onam?
  • Why do many Indian festivals happen at about the same time?
  • What is similar about Indian and Western music?
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Bala Vihar-A Community Resource
  • Instill pride in our Heritage
  • Develop an Indian-American Identity
  • Provide a Peer Group
  • Impart a baseline understanding of Hinduism
  • Link the Ancient to Modern
  • Develop and reinforce a Philosophy and Value System to grow up on and live by
how does bala vihar work
How Does Bala Vihar Work ?
  • Hinduism
  • Bhajans, Shlokas
  • Indian History
  • Festivals
  • Epics, Literature
  • Art, Architecture
  • Science, Achievements
  • Values

Modeled on the Chinmaya Mission Bala Vihar in Houston

Volunteer team of Teachers-Children-Parents

Baseline topics

Curriculum is constantly evolving

more details
More Details
  • Sundays at 10:30 – 11:30 am (EBR Parish School Year)
    • 10:30–10:45 Shlokas and Bhajans
    • 10:45–11:29 Level Specific classes
    • 11:29–11:30 Quiet Time
    • 11:30 –11:40 Arati
  • Four Grade Levels
    • KG – Grade 2
    • Grades 3-5
    • Grades 6-8
    • Grades 9-12
  • $100 per child per semester, $50 per semester for each additional child
enrollment this year
Enrollment this Year
  • 5 new teachers this Fall
    • Nirav Bhatt
    • Shobha Menon
    • Shalaka Kulkarni
    • Subhashini Rajagopal
    • Nisha Valsaraj
  • 31 students????
    • 14 in KG-Grade 2
    • 6 in Grades 3-5
    • 5 in Grades 6-8
    • 6 in Grades 9-12
  • 21 families
  • 10 teachers
    • R.Vaidyanathan
    • Sudha Raval
  • …..
how can you help
How Can You Help ?
  • Help Build a Critical Mass
    • Enroll your children
  • Volunteer
    • As teachers
    • As sponsors
  • Help improve Bala Vihar
    • Provide suggestions and feedback
questions
Questions?
  • Call or e-mail
    • Sudha Rawal –
    • R Vaidyanathan
    • Satyajit Verma
    • Indu Gilman
    • Raju Hingorani

…..or any of the teachers listed on Slide 8…