1. Daylight Savings Time begins on Sunday Mar. 13, 2016

Please note that Daylight Savings Time begins this Sunday. We will move our clocks forward by an hour on Sunday and will lose an hour. Please make sure that you arrive on time.

2. Maha Mrtyunjaya Homa for good health – Sun. Mar 13, 2016

We will culminate the Maha Sivaratri celebration this Sunday by performing the Maha Mrtyunjaya Homa for good health and well-being. The Homa will be performed in the Smrti Hall in two sessions. Please plan to be seated in the Smrti Hall by 8:35 AM and 11:20 AM.

Please plan to participate with your family and friends on this auspicious occasion and receive Lord Siva’s blessings. This event is open to public.

Homa sponsorship: $21 per family

Please note there will be no Language/Bhajana/Slokathon/Orchestra classes this Sunday. Also, there will be no lunch program this Sunday due to the special Puja.

Classes for GCC for children will be held as usual as under:

Session 1:   7:45 AM –   8:30 AM

Session 2: 10:30 AM – 11:15 AM

4. Announcing CORD USA Summer Service Visits 2016

CORDUSA offers this opportunity to High School Bal Vihar students to travel to India to practice serving the underprivileged and experience the rewards of a sewa bhava first hand. Due to the incredible experience provided by this service visit, the demand for the number of spots has been increasing steadily. This year CORDUSA is offering the following opportunities:

Service Visit 1: CORD Siruvani, Tamil Nadu: July 10-23, 2016

Service Visit 2: CORD Sidhbari, Himachal Pradesh: July 10-23, 2016

You may apply at – http://goo.gl/Swn5x8.

For further information visit: http://cordusa.blogspot.com  or http://www.cordusa.org.

For additional details, you may sign up at the welcome desk and a CORDUSA volunteer will call you.

5. Gita Chanting Competition for CMH – Sat. May 7, 2016

This year’s Gita Chanting Competition will be held on May 07, 2016 on the occassion of Pujya Gurudeva’s birthday.

Bhagavad Gita Chapter 13 has been selected for this year.

The competition will be held in 4 groups as follows:

Verses to
Verses to learn
1 KG-2 1 to 12 None
(Word list for meaning)
2 3-5 1 to 23 6-10 & 20-23
3 6-8 1 to 35 6-10 & 20-23
(Meaning and short explanation)
4 9-12 6-10,
6-10 & 20-23
(Meaning and Detaled explanation)

Gita Chanting Classes

Classes for Balavihara children will be held every Sunday at Chinmaya Prabha from February 7th to April 24th as below:

Class Times for Session 1:  7:45 AM – 8:30 AM
Room Number
1 PreK, KG-2    
2 3-5 1B N104
3 & 4 6-12 2nd
Class Times for Session 2:  10:30 AM – 11:15 AM
Room Number
1 PreK, KG-2    
Pre-K S117
2 3-5 Library
Inner Roon
3 & 4 6-12 6th
S202 Tapovan Room After Mar 07, 2016

Please bring printed copy of Bhagavad Gita Chapter 15. The files can be accessed from GCC page on our website.


1. Online Registration

2. Online Payment

Please note that registration will be considered complete only after both above steps have been completed

6. Smrti and Bala Mandira doors to be locked at the start of each session

As announced before, we have started to lock the Smrti and Balamandira doors after the classes start in each session. A big ‘Thank you’ to all members for understanding and complying with this policy, and we encourage all to keep up the practice.

7. Online sign-up for Gurudeva’s Paduka Puja

As you all know on the special occasion of Pujya Gurudeva’s birth centenary (2015-2016), to express our endless gratitude to the great Master, the families of Chinmaya Mission Houston are performing the Guru Paduka Puja every Sunday before the Adult Satsanga in both sessions.

It is a memorable opportunity for all members to offer their devoted regards for Pujya Gurudeva and for his spiritual mission. Please sign up to perform the Paduka Puja in this auspicious centenary year.

To reserve a spot please register online.

We will also have a signup sheet for Paduka Puja at the Welcome Desk, in addition to the online signup option.

If you have any questions regarding Paduka Puja please send an email to CMHPadukaPuja@chinmayahouston.org

8. CMH Accepted for Corporate Matching Gift Programs

Chinmaya Mission Houston has been accepted into the matching gift programs at Chevron, JP Morgan Chase, Shell, Microsoft, Citgo, Apple and Phillips 66 (recent addition).

These employers match employee contributions made to a company approved non-profit organization. If you are an employee of one of these companies, please avail of this facility by contacting the appropriate department within your organization. Some employers like Chevron even match employee volunteer hours by making a financial contribution that they compute based on the number of volunteer hours an employee has put in.

9. Remember to use AMAZONSMILE – CMH receives .5% of member purchases, as donation

As announced, please note, that CMH has now been registered with the AmazonSmile program. This means that every time a CMH member buys through AmazonSmileCMH receives .5% of our member purchases as donation from Amazon. For your convenience this link has now been provided on our CMH website.

We encourage all members to save the above link in their “Favorites” and use this link for future purchases. This change does not cost members anything extra, but will most certainly help with CMH finances.


10. Sri Saumyakasi Sivalaya

Temple timing:

Monday to Friday
9:00 AM – Noon
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Saturday and Sunday            
8:30 AM – 2:00 PM

5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Annual Sponsorship of Pujas at Saumyakasi Sivalaya

To seek the Lord’s grace through out 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.

Puja Schedule:

Everyday  Arati 7:30 PM

Every Monday  Rudrabhisekam 7:00 PM

Every Pradosa day Rudrabhisekam 7:00 PM

Every Saturday Sri Sivasahasranama Puja 9:00 AM

Every Caturthi day Ganesa Puja 6:30 PM

Every Purnima day Sri Satyanarayana Puja 6:30 PM