Chairman Swami Swaroopananda
President Srinivas Sukumar
Program Sevika Lakshmi Sukumar
Board Members
  • Swami Ishwarananda
  • Ranga Sampath – Secretary
  • Nikhil Varaiya – Treasurer
  • Prem Venkatesan
  • Senthil Chelladurai
  • Hema Subburaman
Admin Sevak Prem Venkatesan
Web Sevak Parag Kelkar
Membership Sevak Ravi Kulkarni
Chinmaya Vani Sevak Radhachandran Padmanaban
CHYK Sevak Mihir Pandya

CMSD History 

By the grace and blessings of Pujya Gurudev, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda and Pujya Swami Shantananda, Lakshmi and Srinivas Sukumar relocated from San Jose to San Diego to start grass-root activities in San Diego where Pujya Gurudev attained Mahasamadhi on August 3, 1993. Thus, Chinmaya Mission San Diego (CMSD) was inaugurated on January 28, 2001 in the presence of Swami Ishwarananda, Acharya of Chinmaya Mission Los Angeles.

The lamp of Chinmaya that was lit with thirty five children and about fifty adults is now leading the way to spiritual growth for over two hundred and thirty families with more than two hundred and sixty Bala Vihar children and Youth.

Various programs are conducted throughout the week and the weekend for children, youth and adults. Programs include Bala Vihar/Yuva Kendra, Samskrta Vihar, Bhagavad Gita Chanting, Language Classes, Chinmaya Dhvani (Youth Choir), Chinmaya Swaranjali (Adult Choir), Adult Vedanta & Bhagavad Gita Classes, Adult Study Groups, Devi Groups and Vedic Chanting. CMSD also participates in Community Outreach programs ranging from providing food and clothing for the homeless shelter, to presentations and symposiums on Hinduism at schools, interfaith organizations and other interested groups. Jnana yajnas and workshops and seminars on various topics from the Vaidic scriptures and applications are held periodically for adults, youth and children. CMSD’s Summer Youth camps provide a very unique opportunity for the children to experience the holistic learning of a Gurukula system.

The key milestones during CMSD’s journey:

  • Inauguration of Chinmaya Mission San Diego on January 28th 2001 by Pandit Ravichandran presided by Swami Ishwarananda
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  • CMSD incorporated as a 501(c)3 organization on August 8, 2005
  • Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda naming the Chinmaya Mission Center to be built in San Diego as Chinmaya Jyoti on January 28, 2006, the Fifth Anniversary of CMSD
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  • Purchase of over 8 acres of land in Poway, CA announced on January 28, 2009, the Eighth Anniversary of CMSD
  • Bhumi Puja on June 29, 2009 conducted by Pandit Ravichandran and presided by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda 
  • CMSD’s Quarterly Newsletter Chinmaya Pradipika launched on January 28, 2012, the Eleventh Anniversary of CMSD presided by Swami Sharanananda
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  • Conditional Use Permit (CUP) from the City of Poway in August 2012 to build Chinmaya Jyoti
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  • Inauguration of Phase I – Samskriti Nilayam – of Chinmaya Jyoti ashram on August 3, 2013 by Pujya Swami Shantananda
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  • Blessing of Phase I – Samskriti Nilayam – of Chinmaya Jyoti ashram on June 21, 2014 by Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda
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  • 25th Chinmaya Mahasamadhi camp hosted by CMSD- July 30-August 4, 2018 presided by Pujya Swami Swaroopananda and Fifth Anniversary of Chinmaya Jyoti ashram on the 25th Mahasamadhi Aradhana day celebrated at camp
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  • Phase II of Chinmaya Jyoti ashram launched on January 28, 2024, the 23rd Anniversary of CMSD presided by Swami Siddhananda
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