Balagokulam

What is Balagokulam?

It is a forum where –

  • Children learn Hindu values in enjoyable manner.
  • Hindu children in USA learn to appreciate their cultural roots.
  • All round personality development is achieved in practice.
  • Children make new friends; participate in extra curricular activities, like skits, songs, etc.
  • Children learn a sense of responsibility and grow up to be an ideal citizen.

Our goal is

  • To facilitate children to appreciate, learn and practice Hindu way of life.
  • Instill pride and confidence in Hindu children about their identity.
  • Raise Hindu awareness in the society around them.
  • Develop social awareness and leadership skills among children.

Vyakti  Vikas (All-round Integrated Personality Development)

At Balagokulam, 360° personality development is achieved based on Hindu Dharma in the following ways

  • Physical : Exercise and Games
  • Spiritual : Study of Scriptures
  • Mental : Yoga and other techniques
  • Intellectual : Stories, Debates, Quiz, Projects

Create Pride

A proud Hindu:

  • Understands the Hindu philosophy
  • Is convinced of its importance for a peaceful world
  • Practices Hindu Values
  • Helps fellow Hindus
  • Identifies himself/herself as a Hindu

Group Dynamics

A proud Hindu:

  • Builds Confidence
  • Embraces challenges of being part of two cultures

Activities

Regular activities:

  • Shlokas and Bhajans
  • Surya namaskar and Yoga
  • Games
  • Stories and quiz
  • Arts and Crafts

Special events activities:

Regular activities:

  • Skits
  • Festival celebrations
  • Picnics
  • 1 – 5 day camps
  • Community service
  • Balagokulam Magazine

Stories:

  • From rich Indian Scriptures and History
  • From Panchtantra
  • Inspiring stories from India’s freedom struggle

Shlokas and Bhajans:

  • Predefined set of shlokas with their meaning in simple English
  • Small Bhajans for different gods and goddesses

Arts and Crafts:

  • Drawing, coloring and painting
  • Akash Kandil for Diwali,etc.
  • Clay work to create Ganpati, etc.

Activities on special events

Celebration of Festivals:

Ganesh pooja ,  Raksha Bandhan,  Guru Pooja , Ugadi  and other Hindu festivals

Community Service:

Seva or service is the best way for us to realize the divinity in all

Serve the needy , Visiting elderly people in convalescent hospital , Volunteer at Hindu temples ,  Work with other voluntary groups in serving the community

* Learn and appreciate Hindu values and cultural roots
* Opportunity to participate in Sewa activities
* Make new friends outside of school and work
* Sharper and focused mind , Better discipline
* Build leadership and teamwork skills

What do we do in Balagokulam ?

* Spiritual (10 min): Shloka, Prayers – Reciting and understanding
* Mental (10 min): Yoga meditation, Pranayaam
* Physical (30 min): Yoga, Surya Namaskar, Traditional Indian games
* Intellectual (20 min): Stories, Debates, Quiz, Arts and crafts

 

1st , 2nd and 3rd  Sunday 12PM to 1:15PM @ Jain Mandir Auditorium
Fee: None| Age: 5yrs and above |
Contact: Shriram kelkar [email protected] 717-215-7006

www.Balagokulam.org
Hindu Dharma for Kids and Parents