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Chinmaya Mission Dallas-Fort Worth (CM DFW) has two ashrams in Texas, namely, "Chinmaya Saaket" in Richardson and Chinmaya Chitrakoot" in Irving.
"Chinmaya Saaket," centrally located in North Dallas, was inaugurated by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda on Dec. 26, 1999. Its facilities were expanded in October 2007 and today it is a 12,000 sq. ft. building with an inbuilt auditorium, 11 classrooms, bookstore, a library, and a meditation shrine. A unique highlight of the ashram is the beautiful, stained glass Chinmaya Mission logo that casts an orange glow on Pujya Gurudevís picture in the foyer every morning.
The suburb of Irving now also has an ashram, blessed by Pujya Guruji as "Chinmaya Chitrakoot." It was officially inaugurated on May 8, 2010. This Vedantic learning center is a 22,000 sq. ft. building with an inbuilt auditorium, 24 classrooms, and a library.
CM DFW also purchased a large parcel of land with a house in Melissa, Texas, blessed and named by Pujya Guruji as "Chinmaya Mangalam."
Both ashrams of CM DFW house shrines devoted to Lord Rama. CM DFW is a vibrant center bustling with activity, with an enrollment of over 1,000 children in the weekly Chinmaya Bala Vihar program conducted at both ashrams. The center is blessed to have over 700 member families and over 150 volunteer teachers supporting and participating in all classes and events. CM DFW also offers Indian cultural classes in classical music, dance, languages, Sanskrit chanting, and Bhagavad Gita chanting. Since inauguration, Chinmaya Bala Vihar activities have grown so much that now four sessions are held every weekend at Chinmaya Saaket and two sessions at Chinmaya Chitrakoot. To accommodate growing demand in the area, CM DFW started a satellite center in Fort Worth that is richly flourishing.
The resident acharya, Swami Sarveshananda (formerly Brahmachari Uddhav Chaitanya), conducts several classes for adults during the week, as well as monthly jnana yajnas at CM DFW ashrams and in satellite areas. Acharya P.B. Ghate conducts Sanskrit classes and Acharya Asha Ghate conducts Study Group classes.
CM DFW celebrates Hindu festivals annually, such as Mahashivaratri, Rama Navami, and Janmashtami. Its multifarious activities of annual picnics, cultural performances, Gita chanting competitions, kids' and family camps, banquets, graduation ceremonies, and more, keep the community abuzz and devotees happily engaged in sattvik seva and sadhana.