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(Competitions For Pre-elementary To High School ages)

July 15th, 2023
(*Registration closes July 12th , 2023 at 11:59 PM*)


Durga Temple

8400 Durga Place

Fairfax Station, VA 22039-3079

Program Details   Registration   Contacts Rules Recitation Text  Essay and Speech  Frequently Asked Questions

All are welcome to participate. There is no cost for participation. All participants will be recognized with certificates. Winners will be awarded Trophies.

Program Details: 

Categories Criteria


Pre-Elementary Grade 1 and below Coloring Religious Chanting Story Telling      
Elementary I Grades 2-3 Coloring Religious Chanting Story Telling Recitation    
Elementary II Grades 4-5 Coloring Religious Chanting Story Telling Recitation  
Intermediate  Grades 6-8   Religious Chanting Recitation Speech Essay
High School Grades 9-12   Religious Chanting Recitation Speech Essay

         Note: Your grade is the one you will be entering in the new school year.


For Participants' Pre-registration click here

For Judges' Pre-registration click here

For Volunteers' Pre-registration click here


For more information please contact

Competition Director: Vivek Vangala 571-421-4051

Competition Director: Rakendu Malladi 703-853-5354

Vaidy Bhaskaran (703) 391-7267

Jothi Radhakrishnan (703) 598-3761

Send E-Mail to yd@balavikas.org

or info@balavikas.org



  • Please bring your own pencils, crayons, and paper. To be consistent, only crayons will be allowed for coloring competition.
  • If interested in entering Recitation, you can download/print from this web site. If you are encountering problems, call Syamala at (703) 968-7176 and the piece will be sent to you.
  • Drawing for the coloring competition will be given on the day of the competition, and a 60 minute time period will be allotted for coloring.
  • Essays for these assigned topics can be prepared and researched ahead of time, however on the day of the competition, no notes or references can be used. Essays must be written in the 60 minute time period allotted.
  • Speeches must be between 3-5 minutes with a 30-second grace period.
  • Every religious chant (regardless of language or religion) must be explained in English. These chants must be between 2 - 3 minutes with a 30-second grace period.
  • Stories with a clear moral and ethical message will be accepted. Stories must be between 2-3 minutes with a 30-second grace period.
  • Your grade is the one you will be entering in the new school year.

  • PLEASE NOTE: All competitors will be recognized with Certificates. First three winners in each category will receive trophies.

    Recitation Text:

    High School :: The Dawn of India
    Intermediate :: The Importance of Meditation
    Elementary II :: Live Peacefully and With Harmony
    Elementary I :: Love All

    Essay and Speech:

    High School

    Frequently Asked Questions:

    Q. What is registration?

    It is a very simple process - participating children have to register their names, and categories either online (recommended) or with the volunteers manning the registration desk.

    Q: What is religious chanting?

    Children have to  sing/recite a bhajan or sloka that has religious theme, and explain the meaning. . The explanation does not have to be word for word translation. It can be as brief as 2 or 4 sentences demonstrating the reciter's understanding of the meaning of the chant. These chants, including explanation, must be between 2 - 3 minutes with a 30-second grace period. There is no restrictions on selection, and we have listed several bhajans in this site to get you started. You may select one from these or select one of your own.

    Q: What is story telling?

    You can select any short story that has a moral; You have to conclude the story with the moral. Do you need help to select a story?  Here we got them!! A click will take you to the wonderful world of short stories ready for printing/reading.


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