Chinmaya Mission Orlando
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||  Hari Om || Welcome to Chinmaya Mission Orlando.

Chinmaya Mission of Orlando serves Orlando and its neighboring communities by teaching values to the children and imparting the knowledge of the Hindu Scriptures to the people. In the early 1980s, in a small church in Orlando, Brahmacharini Pavitra Chaitanya spoke on personality unfoldment. She said one’s personality should unfold like the blossoming of a bud into flower, spreading the fragrance of service, love, and peace. Her talk inspired many interested devotees and they asked her where they could learn more on this and related subjects. Pavitraji smilingly replied, “Go to the Master, Swami Chinmayananda, and attend his jnana yajnas.”

Through her guidance, various devotees were enthralled by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s talks during a Chinmaya Mission camp. When they approached Gurudev for advice, he personally guided them and explained to them the need for children to learn about their culture, and the need for householders to study the scriptures through study groups and jnana yajnas. He then gave them a step-by-step walk-through on how to conduct Balavihar classes.

Inspired by Gurudev and with his blessings, a few devotees began a Chinmaya Balavihar and an adult study Group on Shrimad Bhagavad Gita. What began with 25-30 children and 3 teachers grew over the years to more than 250 children. Activities and classes continued to increase and Chinmaya Mission Orlando was formalized to serve the community’s children, youth, university students, and adults.  On July 19, 1993, CM Orlando purchased a 5-acre plot in Casselberry, Florida. The property included a small, two-bedroom house that was used for ashram activities and classes. The photos of Param Pujya Gurudev Swami Tapovanam and Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda were installed in the ashram’s main hall on the day Gurudev visited the ashram for the first time.Pujya Gurudev blessed the ashram and named it “Tapovan.”

Pujya Gurudev blessed the ashram and named it “Tapovan.” He guided CM Orlando’s devotees on the future installation of the murti of Lord Shiva as Lord Jagadishvara, Who presides over the temple of CM Mumbai’s ashram in India.

On July 18th, 1999, in the holy presence of Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, the murti sthapana and prana pratishtha were performed at the outset of the new millennium, in a new building named Kaivalya.

In 2010, with Pujya Gurudev’s blessings, a new fully functional and equipped kitchen and dining area was added to the Ashram. Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda gave the beautiful name of Sita Rasoi to the Kitchen. The spacious open-aired dining hall was named Anna Shree. On February 21st 2010, Swami Shantananda ji  inaugurated Sita Rasoi and Anna Shree. Dedicated teams of volunteers prepare, offer and serve Mahaprasad to Pujya Gurudev, Lord Shiva and over 250 Balavihar children and devotees every week.

In 2014, we completed a major building project which saw the expansion of the Kaivalya Meditation hall to more than double its former size, added 14 new classrooms, a large bookstore and a spacious office. The new facilities were inaugurated by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda in July 2014.

Today, Chinmaya Mission Orlando offers Bala Vihar, Junior CHYK, CHYK, Bhagwad Geeta and Upanishad classes every Sunday morning. Additional classes include tabla and classical dance. In addition to classes at the ashram, study groups and classes are conducted in other local chapters which include Lake Mary, Sanford, South Orlando, Kissimmee, Daytona Beach, Ft. Myers and Gainesville.

Contact Us

Physical Address :
1221 Chinmaya Way,
Casselberry, FL, USA 32707
Phone: 407-699-7331 (Answered on Sundays from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM. You can leave a message and we will call you back.)
Email: info[at]chinmayaorlando.org

NOTE: The street leading to our facility was recently renamed "Chinmaya Way". It used to be known previously as "Florida Road". The physical street signs reflect the new name but GPS units and smartphones may or may not recognize that name. If "Chinmaya Way" does not work for GPS navigation, please try "Florida Road" instead.

Mailing Address :
Chinmaya Mission of Orlando Inc.
PO Box 140461
Orlando FL 32814

If you need an immediate response, please contact any of the following:

  • Chandra Brahmasandra   (407) 376-9564
  • Satish Nagarajan (407) 314-9206
  • Vibhu Agrawal  (407) 963-6301

 

Chinmaya Mission Orlando is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID# is 59-2889773