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In line with Government advice, most groups and organisations in the city have had to take the unfortunate decision to suspend face to face and group work activities. Please telephone or email the contacts listed for the group or organisation if you are interested in their work to check what alternative arrangements might be available or to find out about alternative groups or services in your area.


Let positive, strong, helpful thought enter into their brains from very childhood, Swami Vivekananda

What is Balagokulam?

Gokulam is a place where Lord Krishna’s magical childhood days were spent. It was here that his divine powers came to be recognized.

Every child has that spark of divinity within. Balagokulam is a forum for children to discover and manifest that divinity. Balagokulam will enable Hindu children in UK to appreciate their cultural roots, learn Hindu values in an enjoyable manner and make good friends. They will also develop a sense of Sewa, Service to humankind.

Hindu Swayamsevak Sangh's (HSS) goal is to promote Hindu heritage and to unite the Hindu society.

Balagokulam Goal is …

- To facilitate children to appreciate, learn and practice Hindu way of life.
- Instill pride and confidence in Hindu children about their identity.
- Raise Hindu awareness in the society around.
- Develop social awareness and leadership skills among children.


Every Saturday at Edinburgh Hindu Mandir

Children will have lots of fun while they learn. Activities are planned for their physical, intellectual, social and spiritual development.

Weekly activities include:

- Games
- Yoga
- Stories
- Bhajan
- Shloka
- Arts and crafts
- Competitions

~ ~ No Admission Fees ~~

Special Events


Hindu Festivals like Ganesh Pooja, Raksha Bandhan and Guru Pooja are celebrated with a special focus on children's participation. Children will perform the pooja themselves and the meaning behind the festivals will be explained.

Hindu Heritage Camp

Vacation can be magical. That's the time to explore, enjoy and make more friends. Hindu Heritage Camp of HSS conducted during summer vacation has been a favorite event for the children. In winter, children from all Balagokulams of the neighboring areas come together for an unique event, "Bala Sangam".

Community Service

Sewa or service is the best way for us to realize the divinity in all and serve the needy. Children from HSS Balagokulam have visited elderly people in convalescent hospital, volunteered at Hindu Mandirs, actively participated in Human Race and have worked with other voluntary groups in serving the community.

Local contacts:

Mithun Bhat – 07726 839 905
Himanshu Verma – 07580 143 678
Arul Krishnamoorthy - 07591 635 950
4 - 12
Days and Times
Saturday 4.30pm - 6.30pm
St Andrew Place, Leith

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This record was last modified on: 24 June 2016