Chinmaya Mission Houston - Announcement for Oct 31, 2021

Annual Dipavali Puja – Sunday, Nov. 07, 2021

All members are invited to our Annual Dipavali Puja and Gurudaksina which includes Ganesa Puja, Sri Laksmi Puja and Sri Visnusahasranama Puja.
We will start Puja at 10:00AM and our own Ganeshji will conduct and guide us. For details, please click here.
This year we will have up to 70 families that can come and do puja in-person. Those interested are requested to sign up at the link below ASAP, as admission is on a first come first served basis. Click here for the sign-up form
Following restrictions must be noted by all in-person participants:
  • In-person puja is only for fully vaccinated members
  • Wearing a mask will be mandatory
  • Children below 12 will not be allowed since they are unvaccinated
  • May request proof of vaccination
All members who are unable to come in-person can connect via livestream link to watch and perform the puja from their home.
Please follow instructions below for the virtual Dipavali Puja.
1) Click on the following link:
2) If prompted for meeting id, please enter 352-816-706.
3) When prompted for password, please enter: 931520.
4) Please provide your name and email id on the registration screen.
We request you to submit your Gurudaksina online ASAP so our gift distribution team can plan distribution efficiently.

Gurudaksina Pledge Forms

Personalized links for our annual Gurudaksina were emailed on October 14, 2021. If you have not received this email, please write to

Upanisad Daily App

Upanisad Daily was released on Thursday, October 28. Please download the app on App Store or Google Play, and enjoy Pujya Gurudev’s messages from Upanisads everyday.

New Balavihar Teacher Enrollment

Chinmaya Bala Vihar team is looking for new teachers to join their team. Prerequisite is that you are a member of Chinmaya Mission Houston for a minimum of three years. If interested, please send an email to . Alternatively, you can also meet Manasa Kethireddipalli on Nov 7th after Dipavali puja in Smrti foyer to express interest and ask questions, if any.

Dipavali Puja at Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya –   Wed. Nov 03, 2021

Sri Astalaksmi Puja will be performed at Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya on the auspicious occasion of Dipavali on Wednesday, November 03, 2021.
We invite you to participate in the Puja with family and friends and receive Mother Laksmi’s blessings.  
You can participate from the comfort and safety of your home or in person by visiting the Mandir. Please note that seating is limited in view of the COVID-19 safe distance requirements
Schedule: Wed, Nov 03, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM   Sri Astalakshmi Puja & Aarati
Zoom meeting:   Password :815845
If you decide to visit the Mandir, please see the guidelines posted on  
Special Puja seva/sponsorship: $21 per family.  Sponsor Online
For further details, please click here.

Bala Vihar Online Classes

  • Grades Pre-K to 12                                                 9:50 AM to 11:15 AM
  • Language, Bhajana, Slokathon & Adult Chanting    11:20 AM to 12:30 PM
Please make sure students join their Zoom class using their first and last name as this is verified against the class roster while admitting them to class.
For Pre-K class, we require one parent to attend Bala Vihar with the child to help with Zoom.
Please note that only children who had previously enrolled in extra classes last year will be able to attend extra classes this year. No new children will be enrolled in any extra classes this year.
For members who have registered before Sept. 12, note that detailed instructions and zoom links for attending classes have been sent to parents on September 10. Use the same link every Sunday.
For newly registered members, you’ll get a onetime link in the confirmation email. Make sure you save and use it every Sunday.
CMH Bala Vihar, Language, Bhajana & Slokathon Student Resources
Please click here for the resources required for each class.
If your children are downloading the material themselves, please make sure you share the appropriate link(s) with them.
Parents / Students are expected to review the weekly folder on the Friday prior to the Sunday class. Download / Print as needed.


Please login 5 minutes early and be seated comfortably.
Please follow instructions below for the adult satsanga.
1) Click on the following link:
2) If prompted for meeting id, please enter 352-816-706.
3) When prompted for password, please enter: 931520.
4) Please provide your name and email id on the registration screen.
If you have trouble logging on, please email
The satsanga will be in webinar format. For the satsanga to be successful, we need everyone’s cooperation. Please read and follow the Zoom session etiquette given below.
  1. Please have only one device (computer, iPad, smart phone etc.) per household for the session.
  2. Everyone should be punctual; they should join five minutes before the start time and attend until the class ends. 
  3. Satsanga is a place of learning and worship, so please dress appropriately as you do for regular CMH class.
  4. Sit in a clean, proper place (study or prayer room if possible) with minimum disturbances or distractions. 
  5. Likewise, NO eating during class! Finish breakfast/snack before you join the class. 
  6. Be active and refrain from multitasking while you are in the class. Do NOT walk around or engage in other side activities while you are in class.
  7. Treat these sessions with respect just like the regular onsite classes.

Chinmaya Mission Houston Virtual Bala Vihar Open House on Sun. Nov. 14, 2021

Please mark your calendars to attend Chinmaya Mission Houston Virtual Bala Vihar Open House on Nov 14, Sunday from 10-11:15 AM
Bala Vihar Open House provides a perfect opportunity for all parents to:
  • Meet with their children’s Bala Vihar teachers
  • Get to know the current year’s curriculum of their children
  • Get to know other children and their families in their child’s grade
  • Understand Bala Vihar rules, key resources and how parents can support the teachers to make the learning experience a success for the children
  • Get involved with Bala Vihar activities as a room parent, where applicable, this year
More details will follow in the upcoming weeks.

Bookstore Announcement

We thank all the members who have purchased and collected their books. Members who could not collect the books, are requested to send an email to to arrange your pickup.
New registered members, who could not purchase the books, can use the following link to purchase the books with a shipping option. 

New Member Registration for Bala Vihar  2021-22 

As per popular demand, we are happy to announce that we are extending our Bala Vihar registration till Dec. 31, 2021. We encourage you all to use this opportunity and register.
  • Bala Vihar New Registration will be conducted online at
  • Detailed information will be provided at the time of registration.
  • Registration will be open for all grades for both sessions.
Some of our BV classes have reached capacity. Registrations close for the grades that reach maximum capacity. For further details please click here

Making a difference by shopping at

Chinmaya Mission has received nearly $7,500 from Amazon, as a .5% contribution of CMH member purchases from Amazon, using the link below. We encourage you all to participate in this endeavour to bring additional revenue to CMH, just by being mindful in using the right link.
When you shop at, you’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase price to CMH.
Please click here for this link
AmazonSmile is also available in the Amazon Shopping app on iPhone and Android phones. See how to activate here.

Online Yoga classes for CMH Members

The schedule is as under:
Monday6:00 AM – 7:00 AMSneha ThakarFor CMH members only
Tuesday6:00 AM – 7:00 AMPadmaja ReddyFor CMH members only
Wednesday6:00 AM – 7:00 AMSneha ThakarFor CMH members only
Thursday6:00 AM – 7:00 AMSneha ThakarFor CMH members only
Friday6:30 AM – 7:30 AMDaksha ShahFor CMH members only
Saturday6:30 AM – 7:30 AMPadmaja ReddyFor CMH members only
Sunday  Class Cancelled
Please follow the instructions below for the yoga session:
  1. Click on the following link:
  2. If prompted for meeting id, please enter 480-593-874
  3. If prompted for password, please enter 013167
Note:  The link is for your family. Please do not forward it.
Yoga provides great benefits, but only you know your own body and limits. Like any exercise, please consult your health care professional with any questions or concerns before starting any exercise program.

Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya

Sivalaya is open to public with Covid-19 related health safety restrictions. Regular scheduled Sevas will continue to be performed in the temple and also will be made available through zoom webinar. Please check your email for the webinar details or call Sivalaya.
Temple Timings
Monday to Friday
Morning: 9:00 AM – Noon
Evening: 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday
Morning: 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Evening: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Sevas available through Zoom:
Every Monday Rudrabhisekam – 6:00 PM
Every Pradosa day Rudrabhisekam – 6:00 PM
Every Caturthi day Ganesa Puja – 6:00 PM
Every Purnima day Sri Satyanarayana Puja – 5:30 PM
You can sponsor any scheduled Puja by calling the priest or online ( at least 30 mins before the start of the Puja.
Please call Sivalaya to schedule any special Sevas conducted for you in the temple or your home.  You can also request for any Seva through zoom.
Annual Sponsorship of Pujas at Saumyakasi Sivalaya
To seek the Lord’s grace throughout the year and/or on special occasions like Birthdays and Anniversaries, and to have the priest perform Arcana and Arati on your behalf in the temple, please fill out the annual sponsorship form.