S.K.M is a Home for poor children who need help and care, started by Pujya Sarada Priyananda Mataji in the year 1983. Started with two children, Satya Kama Mandir has provided a new life for many children so far. S.K.M provides free education, food, accommodation, books and medical care also.
The uniqueness of S.K.M is that here the children are brought up is an atmosphere of ancient Gurukula system. Children run and roam in flower gardens, play, climb and jump among trees etc., and enjoy the green lush beautiful natural and healthy atmosphere of the ashram.
"Prahlada and Nachiketa" are the two hostel buildings for the boys and "Meera Bhavan" for Girls. These three hostel buildings are well equipped and provide homely environment for all the children where they live and share together as one family, elder children helping the younger kids in the hostels. Thus as atmosphere is created to develop an attitude of concern, love and affection towards each other-which is lacking now a days in the nuclear families where total attention of parents is put on a single child and in the course of time the child becomes self centered and becomes unyielding, always demanding to fulfill its fancies without any consideration for either parents or other fellow beings.
In the Ashram all the children get up early in the morning every day and after finishing bath they disperse to different places according to their age group and aptitude to participate in satsang classes both morning and evening; Some children go to Aranyeswara swami temple, some of them to Mathru mandir to help in temple service,Some of them do Sandhya vandanam and some others practice Surya namaskaras, while some children learn prayers and small ones directly go to attend Aarathi in the temple.
After morning prayers all the children go in line chanting loudly the name of the Lord to temple and Guru mandirs,. They do pradakshina, ring the temple bells, prostrate in front of the different Idols of the Lord and chant some prayer slokas
At 6.00 a.m children are given an energetic drink, Ragi Malt( Millets Powder).
At 6.30 a.m the children attend study classes supervised by the teachers. In the dining hall at the time of breakfast children sing bhajans and before lunch they chant 15th chapter of Bhagavad Geetha and before dinner Annapoornashtakam.. Each time they offer food to the Lord chanting ‘Brahma arpanam and also Om Bhur Bhuva suvah’ and then only take food. It is to teach the children that the food we take is ‘Prasad’ from Bhagavan.
Every Saturday evening children have outing in a systematic way either for Ashrama Parikrama or for Grama Sankeertana to vocational Training Centre, singing Rama Nam and Bhajans.
All the festivals are celebrated in a traditional way with some activity in order to motivate reverence, and interest in the minds of the children. These children are always ready to participate in the celebrations of festivals and processions to make them more colorful and spectacular. Of course they have feast on each occasion!!
- For example some children make the mud idols of Lord Ganesh with the help of others and worship their own hand made Ganesh with so much attachment and affection. On the third day they take their idol in procession for Nimajjanam along with the big Ganesha. Every day during their morning visit children do sit-ups in front of Sri Ganesha in Siva temple with so much enthusiasm and interest.
- On Sri Krishna Janmasthami day children participate in the” OonjalSeva” (swinging Bala Krishna in a cradle) singing songs. Some children also perform dance like Gopies around Krishna singing his glories.
- On Deepavali day children with the help of elders go to different altars in the ashram and light oil lamps. The most fascinating and exciting thing is NARKASURA VADHA. An effigy of Narakasura is made with grass, pieces of cloth etc. and is kept in front of Krishna’s idol and an arrow of cracker (rocket) is shot at Narakasura. Thus Narakasura is killed by Lord Krishna. After that they celebrate the happy event by burning crackers. In this way children are exposed to serene and disciplined atmosphere to imbibe good samskaras. Thus in Chinmayaranyam spiritual and secular education goes hand in hand.
A man who wants to lead intelligent and discriminative life should have extra vision other than physical eye which shows only forms. Channelizing the thoughts in a right way and kindling the discriminative faculty and invoking the noble and lofty feelings is the aim of praying the Sun God through a Vedic ritual called Sandhya Vandanam. Actually the child should undergo Upanayana Samskara between 5-11 years, which is a prerequisite to perform Sandhya Vandanam (Upa= extra; Nayana= vision).By chanting Gayatri Mantra at sun rise and sun set along with other purificatory procedure keeps the intellect bright and the mind balanced.
- Now a days nobody pays any attention either to the age or performance of daily ritual. More over it became a routine ceremony and a man gets his Upanayanam just one day before the marriage because without the sacred thread one is not eligible to get married!! Recognizing this unhealthy practice which has crept into a very meaningful and elevating samskara, Pujya Amma started first Upanayanam in Chinmayaranyam in 1989. Sicnce then every year children below 11years who have got interest and is good at pronunciation are initiated into Gayatri mantra.
- These children perform Sandhya vandanam everday both in the morning and evening under the guidance and observation of an acharyas. They learn the entire procedure of Sandhya vandanam after the Upanayanam. Apart from daily ritual they are taught some of Vedic Suktas.