Recently, as children throughout
India returned to school after their summer vacation, the question
they were asking their friends was: “What did you do during
This year, children from the BAPS Children’s Forum were
involved in a wide variety of events, so they had plenty to tell
their friends about. Brief details are given below of the major
Bal Sabha Pushpamala Competition
Over 20,000 balaks and balikas participated in this competition
in which they had to memorise selected sections of the Bal Sabha
Speech Competition and Cultural
To encourage the children in public speaking, a Children’s
Speech Competition was held. Cultural programs featuring dramas
and dances were presented by balaks. The balaks of Surat, Sabarkantha,
Bhavnagar and other centres presented ballets and dramas such
as: ‘Virasat’, ‘Khoj’, ‘Sanskarjyot’,
‘Mandirma Prabhu Biraje Chhe’, and others.
Prayers for the Ill
Over 70 balaks and balikas of Kolkata visited local hospitals
to pray at the bedside of over 1,000 patients for their speedy
recovery and future good health.
Thousands of devotees in Amdavad, Navsari, Bhavnagar and other
cities attended the excellent programmes of devotional songs presented
by specially trained balaks. In Vadodara, a Shishu Kirtan Aradhana
was presented by balaks studying in standards 1 to 4.
Yogi Ruchi Mukhpath Revision
Scripture memorising competitions were held over the previous
year to commemorate the Bal Pravrutti Golden Anniversary. During
the vacation, revision of whatever the balaks and balikas had
memorised was organised so that the spiritual passages remain
fresh in their minds.
At Delhi, Gandhinagar, Sankari and Dhuliya special assemblies
and shibirs informed balaks and balikas about Satsang, education,
health and other important topics.
Other Special Programs
- Balaks of Mumbai and Surat were
taken on a pilgrimage of selected pilgrim places.
- Coaching classes in vocal and
instrumental music were arranged for balaks in Vadodara and
- Training class in Yoga and Karate.
- Sports competitions.
- Reading classes.
- For volunteers of children activities:
special training through Bal Pravrutti Karyakar Sammmelans was
Groups of karyakars teamed up to
engage in detailed research of various selected topics, such as,
‘Importance of Character in Children’, ‘BAPS
Bal Mandal in the next year’, and others.