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Inaugurated in 1992 by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda, CM Tri-State began as a center for the expansion of spiritual activities in the widespread and bustling states of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. The three main satellites soon came to be organized as CM New York (NY), CM Princeton (NJ), and CM Philadelphia (PA), with three respective acharyas: Brahmachari Krishna Moorthy, Swami Shantananda, and Swami Siddhananda, respectively.
The largest center of the triad, CM Princeton continues to mushroom in all directions of the heavily Indian-based suburbs of New Jersey. Now housed in its own ashram of “Chinmaya Vrindavan,” its various activities, of considerable magnitude, are conducted by over 100 sincere sevaks. With over 300 Study Group members, over 800 Bala Vihar students, and nearly 100 CHYKs, the center is blossoming and its participants and members continue to steadily grow. Regular classes are held at the ashram and in various regional areas, including Bridgewater and Parsippany.
Chinmaya Vrindavan, an outgrowth of CM Philadelphia’s “Kedar” center, was inaugurated in June 2001, when CM Tri-State (encompassing the centers of New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania) celebrated the 50th anniversary of the global Chinmaya Movement with a grand, seven-day “Krishna Lila” jnana yajna in Hindi by Pujya Guruji.
Chinmaya Vrindavan is a rare and blessed ashram, for its inception began with the miraculous, dug-up findings of a Shri Radha-Krishna murti during the bhumi-puja (groundbreaking ceremony). Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda had, in fact, named the ashram precisely even before the murti had been found. Situated adjacent to vast cornfields, the ashram’s long, flowing greens are an inviting sight for all devotees and visitors. Housed on a seven-acre plot and surrounded by thousands of acres of farmland, the ashram will soon be renovated and expanded to accommodate the increasing number of devotees and activities. The new building will have shrines of Shri Radha-Krishna and Lord Dakshinamurti, and accommodation for Bala Vihar and Study Group classes, which are presently being conducted in a nearby school.
Chinmaya Vrindavan has been honored and blessed by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda, and many CM Acharyas from different centers, including Swami Ishwarananda, Swami Sharanananda, Brahmachari Prabodh Chaitanya, and Acharyas Gaurang and Darshana Nanavaty.