1. What is Gurukul?
— Salt Lake City Gurukul is a forum for children to discover, learn and appreciate their cultural roots, Indian and Hindu values. This is done through didactic teaching of Hindi language, games, yoga, stories especially those from Ramayan and Mahabharat, shlokas, bhajans, arts and crafts.
2. Children of what age are allowed in Gurukul?
— Children of ages 5 and above can participate in the Gurukul. The children are grouped into two groups for games and three for Hindi classes, all children participate in slokas. No one is denied entrance to the SLC Gurukul center, regardless of age or anything else.
3. What language is used as the means of communication in Balagokulam?
— English is used to communicate in each Balagokulam. The shlokas, prayers, are mostly in Sanskrit language. Songs are mostly in Hindi and sometimes in English, Sanskrit or any other Indian language. Hindi classes are teach in Hindi
4. How do I become a member?
— It’s very simple. Just show up at a SLC Gurukul center, thus becoming a part of SLC Gurukul family. “Once aswayamsevak*, always a swayamsevak.” There are no fees for the SLC Gurukul activities.
5. What Academic year?
— Mid August through end of May
6. Is there a session during long weekend holiday?
— No Gurukul activities on Sunday closest to these holidays, festivals observed at the temple, and during summer:
7. What are the observed holiday?
— President Day, Memorial Day, July 4th , Labor Day, Ganesh festival, India Mela Day, Diwali, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and June /July/mid August: Summer break