Chinmaya Sankaram—A Grand Celebration of Two Luminaries

On 8th May 2024, the entire Chinmaya Mssion family together celebrated Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda’s 108th jayanti,   along with the jayanti of Bhagavan Sri Adi Sankaracharya on 12th May.

Under the guidance of Swami Viviktananda (Regional Head, CM Kerala) and the blessings of  Swami Tejomayananda and Global Head and Vice Chancellor of CVV, Swami Swaroopananda, Chinmaya Mission Kerala united the entire Chinmaya family in a grand event titled ‘Chinmaya Sankaram 2024’. It was a phenomenal five-day odyssey delving into the sacred legacies of two towering figures in our Sanatana Dharma and Advaita Vedanta tradition: the revered Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda and the illustrious Bhagavatpada Sri Adi Sankaracharya. Together, they kindled the lamp of devotion and Self-realisation, dispelling the confusion of a spiritually wavering Bharat with the eternal wisdom of Vedanta.

Over 2000 individuals came together for this special occasion, adding to the magnificence of this cherished celebration having a variety of sessions. 

Pujya Swami Swaroopananda delivered a talk titled ‘Sambhavami Yuge Yuge’ where he shared his journey of discovering the Bhagavad Gita and his interest in Swami Chinmayananda.  

Dr. R. Balasubramaniam, a member of the Capacity Building Commission of the Government of India, delivered a speech on the Bhagavad Gita during a session titled ‘Mission Karmayogi’ emphasising that the Bhagavad Gita is an excellent resource for transforming our lives in various ways.

In his session, Vice Chancellor Prof. Ajay Kapoor, explained that the goal of CVV is to help students lead a happy life in all aspects, including their body, mind, and intellect. CVV empowers students through a Global benchmark curriculum, international exposure, and Global education.

Dr. T. Asokan, Registrar and Dean–Academics, spoke about the University’s achievements, including the reduction of the digital gap. CVV recently accomplished digital compliance and NEP regulations. Dr. Sudheer Babu Yarlagadda, the Provost, emphasised the overall development of students as the aim of CVV. He also revealed that CVV will soon have an Oceanographic branch, making it the third education institute to get Oceanography. He discussed industry tie-ups and opportunities available at CVV.

Dr. Sunitha Grandhee highlighted the importance of Indian Knowledge Systems (IKS). She explained how IKS is beneficial for current times and the plans of CVV to blend IKS with Artificial Intelligence.  Jayalakshmi Nanda, Director – Admissions, provided a brief about various campus and programmes, the mission, and the vision of CVV. The presentation was enriching and gave a detailed outlook on CVV.