Acharya Shailaja Nadkarni
Birth Centenary
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Dr. Shailaja Nadkarni and her husband, Dr. Shyam Nadkarni, had their first darshan of Pujya Gurudev Shri Swami Chinmayananda in Pittsburgh in August 1984 at the Geeta Gyana Yagna; they were inspired by the divine presence of Pujya Gurudev and during their first Bhiksha with Swamiji they asked how they can learn more about Bhagvad Geeta. Also their two young boys, Siddharth and Samir were with them and they wanted to know how the boys can be introduced to Hindu Culture and Religion.  Pujya Gurudev personally guided and instructed them how to teach young children and conduct Balavihar and instructed Shailaja ji to start study groups. In 1987 Chinmaya Mission of Orlando was started along with the Balavihar and study groups.

Swami Chinmayananda appointed Dr. Shyam Nadkarni, the President of Chinmaya Mission Orlando in 1989.  Chinmaya Mission property was acquired in Orlando, Florida and Chinmaya Mission “Tapovan” was inaugurated by Pujya Gurudev Swami Chinmayananda in 1990.  Since Gurudev’s visit the Balavihar and Geeta study groups flourished and were conducted at a regular basis at “Tapovan”.

Shailaja ji had an opportunity to travel with Pujya Gurudev on his tour around Universities in U.S. and his visit to United Nations in 1991. In 1992 Shailaja ji accompanied Pujya Gurudev to Hong Kong and India.

During his stay at Orlando he appointed Shailaja ji as one of the Board of Directors of Chinmaya Mission West.  After Dr. Shyam departed from his worldly existence, Pujya Guruji Swami Tejomayananda appointed Shailaja ji, the President of Chinmaya Mission Orlando and in 2008, conferred her with the title of “Acharya” of Chinmaya Mission.

At present Shailaja ji is conducting Balavihar, Geeta study and Vedanta classes at Chinmaya Mission Orlando at Kaivalya. She also conducts classes during weekdays on following subjects:  Vivekchoodamani, Daasbodh, Gnyaneshwari, Bhagvad Geeta and Vedanta. She recently spearheaded the expansion of the ashram that resulted in the expansion of the main Kaivalya hall and addition of many new classrooms. In addition to her responsibilities at Chinmaya Mission Orlando, she also oversees two Chinmaya Mission satellite centers in Daytona Beach and Kissimmee.

Contact Us

Physical Address :
1221 Chinmaya Way,
Casselberry, FL, USA 32707
Phone: 407-699-7331 (Answered on Sundays from 8:00 AM - 12:30 PM. You can leave a message and we will call you back.)
Email: info[at]

NOTE: The street leading to our facility was recently renamed "Chinmaya Way". It used to be known previously as "Florida Road". The physical street signs reflect the new name but GPS units and smartphones may or may not recognize that name. If "Chinmaya Way" does not work for GPS navigation, please try "Florida Road" instead.

Mailing Address :
Chinmaya Mission of Orlando Inc.
PO Box 140461
Orlando FL 32814

If you need an immediate response, please contact any of the following:

  • Chandra Brahmasandra   (407) 376-9564
  • Satish Nagarajan (407) 314-9206
  • Vibhu Agrawal  (407) 963-6301


Chinmaya Mission Orlando is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our tax ID# is 59-2889773