COLLECTION

A constant Mahayagna to gather precious artefacts, letters, photographs, documents, memories and other rare items related to the Chinmaya Mission. Today, the Archives is home to a treasure trove of rare and authentic information and artefacts of Swami Tapovan Maharaj and Swami Chinmayanada. Invaluable memories have been documented through hundreds of interviews with Gurudev's family members and devotees. The archives collection can be broadly categorized as:

  • Photographs in paper, negative and digital formats.
  • Documents such as letters, notes and precious scribbles.
  • Gurudev’s diaries.
  • Magazines, publications and souvenirs.
  • Tapovanji and Gurudev’s rare artefacts.
  • Recorded memories of devotees.

ORGANISATION

Organization of the treasure trove of material collected from Pujya Gurudev's work is a highly challenging yet deeply rewarding endeavour. One that generations will come to enjoy. The archives organization process includes:

  • Dividing the collection into distinct units such as series and sub-series.
  • Tagging each item in a systematic way, for easy retrieval.
  • Digitizing all material for e-storage records.
  • Arrangement of the items in a methodical filing pattern.
  • Documentation of the items including their classification and storage.

PRESERVATION

Preservation is a central function of the Archives. Any material, be it paper, photograph or even digital media is invariably susceptible to loss. Light, temperature, humidity, bugs, air pollutants, humans, all have an adverse impact on them. Chinmaya Archives is responsible for the long-term preservation of the historic memorabilia of Pujya Gurudev and the mission. We adopt various techniques in preservation including:

  • Storing all items in proper climate controlled facilities away from humidity and sunlight.
  • Using acid-free folders, boxes and containers for storage.
  • Supplementing preservation efforts with restoration techniques where necessary.
  • Digitization of photographs, letters, books using high-end equipment.

TODAY THE ARCHIVES HAS


70,000

PHOTOGRAPHS OF GURUDEV

500

BOOKS

15,000

LETTERS WRITTEN BY GURUDEV

218

MAGAZINES

639

SOUVENIRS

550

RECORDED INTERVIEWS

OUR PLEA TO YOU


If you have any letters, photographs, artefacts or other items related to Pujya Gurudev, PLEASE DONATE THEM TO THE CHINMAYA ARCHIVES. We will make our best efforts to ensure that such treasures are preserved the right way, and shared with devotees of the Mission world-wide, for generations to come.

Letters

Letters signed by Gurudev, Guruji or senior Swamis

Artefacts

Artefacts, personal belongings of Gurudev

Photographs

Photographs of Gurudev, Guruji, Senior Swamis

Media

Video or Audio files about Gurudev in any format

Memories

Anyone willing to share their memories of Gurudev in an interview

Diaries

Diaries or Notes from Gurudev, Guruji or senior Swamis

Awards

Awards from or to Gurudev, Guruji or senior Swamis

Prints

Minutes, Reports, Brochures, Flyers from various centers

CONTACT US


For queries about the Archives
please contact:


Chinmaya Archives
Saki Vihar Road
Powai, Mumbai 400 072

Tel: 91 22 2803 4900 x4951
archives@chinmayamission.com

THE CHINMAYA ARCHIVES TEAM


Swamini Kaivalyananda, In-ChargeVaishali LokhandeTrupti Harishchandra KaleVikas Vasudev ShelarAmol KanadeDevna NandakumarPadma Sree R.G.NirmalanathParvathy RamanGanesh Kanumalla