Meet the Children

In July 9, 2004, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda and the monks of the Prajnana Mission performed a special worship and fire ceremony in the newly constructed facilities to propitiate the blessings of God and masters for the auspicious beginning. Afterward, many invited guests, local dignitaries, people in the locality, the press, and the first class of forty precious four-year-old Balashram students, dressed in their new uniforms, assembled for the inauguration.

In 2005, the second group of forty students was admitted, and construction of new classrooms and dormitories began.

In April 2006 the Balashram opened its doors to a new class of forty nursery-aged children, bringing the total number of students to 120. Some of the original students, now in their third year of schooling, proved to be gifted academically, as well as exceptionally talented in extracurricular activities, such as sports, music, dance, and painting. Five gifted children were invited to compete with one thousand children from all over India at the Anjali National Children's Festival in Bhubaneswar. They excelled in Odissi dance and art. The new kindergarten class also participated at Vivekenanda Art School, and one of the children won second prize in painting.

In April 2007, the next group of 40 students was welcomed, bringing the total to 160. On May 29, at the closing ceremony of the year-long Birth Centenary Celebrations of Paramahamsa Hariharananda in Cuttack, the boys and girls of Balashram standard I and II gave a breathtaking performance of scenes from the Ramayana.

In April 2008 a new class of forty students brought the total number of students to 200.