Balgokul

What Is BalGokul?

BalGokul is a place for children to come together, learn practice Hindu culture and heritage, understand Bharat (India) and make good friends with similar interest and background.

Gokul is the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood days. Gokul is the place where talents, mischiefs, strength and also the divinity of Krishna blossomed. People realized that he was not an ordinary boy, but an incarnation of God. "Bal" means Child. Bal Gokul is the place for the children to enjoy together and also discover their potential and blossom to the fullest extent.

Team of Parents and Volunteers from VHPA and Durga Temple run BalGokul for the children.

Vision

To ignite, foster, revere and preserve ancient Sanatan (Hindu) Dharma, Culture, Values and Way of Life amongst children.

Mission

To provide a fun, social and educational environment that enables children to acquire a healthy understanding, and subsequently a pride and reverence for their ancient sanatan religion, culture, and a core value system so that the children are inspired to apply them into their daily life, exchange thoughts and ideas with peers, develop a confident self-identity, and sense of belongingness to the community.

DBG Overview
  • Total Duration: 9 months, September 2016 – June 2017
  • Weekly Location: Durga Temple Lower level classrooms
  • Weekly Timing: Sundays 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM
  • No DBG on Federal holidays
  • No DBG the day after Holi and Dussehra cultural program evening
  • Children Groupings:
    • Pre-prarambhika (3 – under 5)
    • Prarambhika (5 – 7yrs)
    • Madhyama (8 – 10 yrs)
    • Youth (over 10 yrs – 18 yrs)
DBG Weekly Recurring Activities
  • Bhajans
  • Religious Class
  • Once every quarter – Arts & Crafts and Games
  • Children get DBG library membership as part of the program where they can check out of 250+ Amar Chitra Katha books on various Hindu religious and historical characters
Religious Class and Bhajan Curriculum Goals
  • Facilitate children to appreciate, learn, and practice Hindu Dharma, Values and Way of life
  • Instill pride and confidence in Hindu children about their identity
  • Understand our Hindu way of life by exposure to aspects such as prayers, bhajans and stories
  • Reinforce concepts children through participation in cultural activities, role plays, skits, Q/A sessions, quizzes and class discussions
  • Develop students leadership skills and sense of community by having them volunteer during events to do setup, help in temple activities, and help in general DBG activities
DBG Staff and Volunteers
  • All DBG classes and activities are staffed with either Fixed or Rotating volunteer resources
  • All Activities have a Primary and a Secondary staff
  • Rotating Activities are opportunities for Parents’ Volunteering
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games
  • Children Seva
  • Logistical Support (technical, chairs / event setup, bhajans/classes prep, etc.)
DBG Participation in Temple Cultural Activities and Other Events
    Informal Internal Events
  • December focused on group performance
  • Annual Day in May/June focused on individual performance
    Dusshera and Holi Mela
  • DBG Level bhajans and shlokas only
  • Parent Volunteer driven cultural activities
    Participation in other periodic events such as Shivratri, Ramnavmi, Janamashtami etc...
  • Children recite Bhajans
  • Children perform in a play or play instruments
    Governance and Administration
  • DT Admin – Kusum Taneja
  • DBG Volunteer Team – Reena Roy and others
DBG Fees and ChargesDurga Temple - No charge
Supplies (non-refundable fees)
  • Books - Approx. $15
  • Activity fee
  • $50.00 first child
  • $40.00 – second child (sibling)
  • $30.00 – third child (sibling)
Registration Details
Click here- Durga BalGokul on-line Registration Form.
  • Total number of children in the program is 80
  • The registration will be on first come first serve basis
  • The registration will be via email only

NOTE: Please be in the temple downstairs hall by 9:15 am on the first day of BalGokul. Payment is expected the first day.

Questions: contact dbgcoordinator@gmail.com.

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