Balashram Facilities

Construction of the Hariharananda Balashram residential school began in 2003. In June 2004, the housing and school facilities for the first group of children were completed.

On July 9, 2004, Paramahamsa Prajnanananda and the monks of the Prajnana Mission performed a special worship and fire ceremony in the newly constructed facilities to propitiate the blessings of God and masters for the auspicious beginning. Afterward, many invited guests, local dignitaries, people in the locality, the press, and forty precious four-year-old Balashram students, dressed in their new uniforms, assembled for the inauguration.

Construction continued in 2004, with the goal of completing the facilities over the next few years.

In 2005, resources were concentrated on the extension of the ground floor of the main school and the girls’ dormitory. Additionally, the construction of new staff quarters was started to accommodate the growing number of teachers and caretakers.

In 2006, on the ground floor of the main school building, there were four classrooms, a library, a principal’s office, a staff room for teachers, and an office. The kitchen and the dining hall were operational in the new building, with the capacity to serve 320 children.

On May 31, 2007, the new library in the school building was inaugurated in the presence of Paramahamsa Prajnanananda and visitors from Europe and the USA. Construction of the boys’ hostel started in July and work continued on the school building and an extension of the girls’ hostel. In order to meet the long-term goal of a student capacity of 480, remodeling began on the original school building to enlarge it into a three-story building, with the following features:

  • Each floor has approximately 2,800 square feet of space.
  • The ground floor has three medium-size halls and five smaller rooms with bathrooms and toilets.
  • The first floor has five halls and five rooms with toilets.
  • Plans for the second floor are for three big halls with an open terrace.
  • Existing fruit trees on the property (mango, jackfruit, coconut) have been preserved and maintained during construction.
  • A playground for the children and gardens are being added to the existing landscape.