Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

SIVA RATRI CELEBRATIONS THIS SUNDAY!

This Sunday, February 23, 2020, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Siva Ratri.*

Siva Ratri literally translates as, "the night of Lord Siva". Devotees of Lord Krishna view Lord Shiva as the greatest Vaishnava (devotee of Vishnu). Every week we recite the Brahma Samhita at the Temple where Lord Siva's position is very beautiful explained (Verse 10), that he derives his power from Lord Vishnu. The Vedic texts like Padma Purana and Srimad Bhagavatam also glorify his contribution in the creation and for his unalloyed devotion to Lord Vishnu. For example, in the Srimad-Bhagavatam, 12.13.16 states: vaishnavanam yatha shambhu, “Amongst all Vaishnavas, Lord Shiva is the best."



On this special Sunday, we will learn more about the great qualities and pastimes of Lord Siva. We extend a special invitation to you and your family to join us for this special festival! Festivities will begin at 4:30pm and continue till till 6:30pm. 

*Please note that the actual day of Siva Ratri is on Wednesday, February 21st, but the festival will be celebrated at the temple on Sunday, February 23rd.

Monday, February 3, 2020

Nityananda Trayodasi - Friday, February 7th, 2020

Friday, February 7th marks the auspicious appearance of Nityananda prabhu who is best known for his compassionate nature. The name Nityananda means eternal happiness. He was the closest associate of Lord Krishna when he incarnated as Lord Caitanya over 500 years ago.  Together they helped spread the chanting of the holy names of the Lord far and wide. Nityananda Prabhu is considered to be the most merciful incarnation of the Lord. Nityananda prabhu's boundless mercy is highlighted by the most famous pastime of the deliverance of the perpetrators, Jagai and Madhai (click here to learn more about this pastime).

Nityananda Trayodasi is a celebration of that form of the Lord that teaches us practically, how to lead a life that is absorbed in loving devotion to Lord Krishna. He is the bestower of spiritual strength who along with other highly esteemed associates, helped spread the sublime chanting of the holy names.

Join us as we celebrate this amazing personality, Nityananda Prabhu! Festivities commence at 6pm and will include a special flower outfit darshan, a discourse, special bhajan (devotional song) and a vegetarian feast.


Saturday, January 11, 2020

Special Yagna Ceremony This Sunday!

As Hare Krishnas, ceremonies are a big part of our spiritual practice.  A fire yajna is a ceremonial ritual wherein ghee (clarified butter), grains and other items are offered into a sacred fire amidst the chanting of mantras.  It is a beautiful ritual that brings a level of auspiciousness and peacefulness to the atmosphere.

This Sunday, January 12, 2020, a special fire yajna which will be performed during the normal class time (4:45pm to 6pm) and everyone in attendance will get a chance to observe.  The purpose of this yajna will be to seek blessings from Lord Krishna for the Temple and the community of devotees as we embark on the year 2020. This special yagna will involve the chanting of the Narayana Kavacham found in the 8th chapter of the 6th canto of the Srimad Bhagvatam. It is an Armour to protect ourselves from our enemies seen and unseen. Raja Parikshith, the son of Abhimanyu, asks his teacher, Sage Shuka for a means to protect himself from his enemies. Sage Shuka then teaches him the Narayana Kavacham, which was originally taught by Sage Viswaroopa, the son of Thwashtra, to Indra.
   
A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to come to the temple this upcoming Sunday evening!

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

SRILA PRABHUPADA FESTIVAL - JAN 1, 2020

On New Year's Day, Wednesday, January 1st, 2020, Toronto's Hare Krishna temple will be hosting our annual Srila Prabhupada Festival!  Promising to be a great way to start the new year, the festival is usually one of the biggest of the year.

The festival will feature plenty of kirtan, wonderful classes, a dramatic presentation by Bhaktimarga Swami and a sumptuous feast to help ring in the new year!  You won’t want to miss it!  There will be no better way to usher in the new year on an auspicious note!

Schedule (Subject to change):

4:00pm-4:30pm: Kirtan
4:30pm-4:40pm: Welcome and Announcements
4:40pm-5:00pm: Guru Puja
5:00pm-5:15pm: Special Announcement
5:15-6:00pm: Dramatic Presentation by Bhaktimarga Swami
6:00pm-6:30pm: Arati
6:30pm: Free Vegetarian Feast



Tuesday, December 24, 2019

New Year's Eve Harinam

As we do every year, devotees gather at the temple on New Year's Eve and then head over to City Hall to join the tens of thousands of revelers, ushering in the new year. However, we come armed with our drums, karatalas (cymbals) and voices as well!

Here's all that you need to know about this evening:
6:00pm-8:00pm - Tuesday Sanga (Our Weekly Tuesday Gathering)
9:00pm-10:00pm - Informal Kirtan
10:30pm (approx) - Bundle up and off to Rosedale station.
11:30pm - We will start chanting in front of Old City Hall (NE corner of Bay & Queen)
12:00am - the kirtan will reach it's peak as fireworks set the sky ablaze!
1:30am (approx) - We'll get back on the subway and make our way back to the temple


Some tips to keep in mind for this evening:

  • Come early to the temple - enjoy the kirtan and association of devotees before we head out to City Hall.
  • Dress warmly - it will be chilly, so dress in layers!
  • Don't worry about weather - whether it be snow, rain, hail or sleet, we will usher in the new year with kirtan!
  • Bring your voices - don't forget to chant with all of your hearts!

Monday, December 23, 2019

Simple Spirituality with HG Sankarshan Das Adikari and HG Vishnupriya devi dasi

HG Sankarshan Das Adikari and HG Vishnupriya devi dasi will be visiting the Greater Toronto Area and conducting various events under the theme of simple spiritual solutions for the problems of your life. The following programs will be conducted at ISKCON Toronto:


  • Sun 29 Dec 2019 7:45 AM – ISKCON Toronto – Srimad Bhagavatam Class
  • Tue 31 Dec 2019 6:00 PM – ISKCON Toronto – Tuesday Sanga
  • Fri 3 Jan 2020 7:45 AM – ISKCON Toronto – Srimad Bhagavatam Class
  • Sat 4 Jan 2020 7:45 AM – ISKCON Toronto – Srimad Bhagavatam Class
  • Sun 5 Jan 2020 5 PM – ISKCON Toronto – Sunday Feast Class
For more information about these about other events please visit: https://dasadas.com/simple/ and https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/simple-spirituality-tickets-86974064769


Monday, December 9, 2019

Vaisesika prabhu and Nirakula mataji visit Toronto: Dec 20-24

We're very happy to welcome back HG Vaisesika prabhu and HG Nirakula mataji to Toronto for their bi-annual visit. A disciple of Srila Prabhupada, and a mentor to so many of us in Toronto and around the world, we are always looking forward to his visits. HG Vaisesika dasa is an initiating guru in ISKCON. He travels widely to teach the tenets of devotional service, and the great art of distributing Srila Prabhupada's books.
We are excited to announce some of the programs and events that you and your family are welcome to take part in:

Friday, Dec 20th to Tuesday, Dec 24th
7:30-9:00 am
Class and Discussion on Srimad Bhagavatam 

Saturday, Dec 21st 
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Special Sankirtan Outing with Vaisesika Prabhu!

Saturday, Dec 21st 
6:30 pm - 8:30pm
Bhajan Night

Sunday, Dec 22nd
4:30 am - Make Japa Great Again - Come Surcharge your Sadhana, chant in the association of HG Vaisesika Prabhu
4:30pm onwards - Sunday Feast at ISKCON Toronto
7:00 pm - Junior Jam - A session of Sloka Chanting and Kirtan with the children and youth

Tuesday, Dec 24th
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday Sanga with HG Vaisesika Prabhu

*** Events will be broadcast live!*** on HG Vaisesika Prabhu's Facebook page and on http://www.mixlr.com/tstlive (audio only)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

ADVENT OF BHAGAVAD-GITA (GITA JAYANTI) - DECEMBER 7TH, 2019

Over five thousand years ago, Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna, discussing the fundamental principles of life. The Gita lucidly explains the nature of consciousness, the self and the universe. It contains both the essence of India's spiritual wisdom and the answers to questions that have been posed by philosophers for centuries.

Today, that same Bhagavad-gita has been translated to numerous languages and is read by millions of people around the world, revered in academic circles, and studied by spiritualists all over the world.

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 marks Gita Jayanti, the day when Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna. Festivities will begin at 5:00pm and will include the recitation of the whole Bhagavad-gita followed by a sumptuous feast.  Please join us on this most auspicious occasion with your whole family!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Gift of Gita Program


Please join in, support the 'Gift of Gita', and help transform this world through knowledge.

Lord Krishna himself confirms in the Gita that one who distributes this knowledge of Gita to others becomes the most dear to Him (BG 18.68-69)

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3 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
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✅ DISTRIBUTE Gitas to friends and family

✅ SPONSOR Gitas to be placed in hotels, hospitals, prisons, and more!

✅ INSPIRE others to distribute or sponsor Gitas

Please visit https://giftofgita.com/ for more information


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gita Contest 2019 – Bhagavad Gita competitions for children


PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED, CONTEST DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Date of the contest: Satrurday, December 7th, 2019

Venue: ISKCON Hare Krishna temple, 
            243 Avenue Road, Toronto.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.: Registrations
1:50 - 1:55 p.m.: Welcome address and guidelines
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Gita contest 
4:30 -  5:00 p.m.: Ekadasi Snack Prasadam


The award ceremony for the prize winners will be held on Sunday, December 8th 2019 between 5:00 pm and  6:00 pm at the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Toronto.

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Krishna's Funskool at ISKCON Toronto is pleased to announce the Gita Contest 2019 – Bhagavad Gita competitions for children.
           
Event Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Venue: The Hare Krishna Temple, 243 Avenue Road, Toronto


Category 1: Age 3-5 years - Recitation and Translation
Category 2: Age: 6-8 years - Recitation and Translation
Category 3: Age: 9-12 years - Recitation, Translation and application
Category 4: Age: 13-17 years - Chapter study - MCQ and a short presentation

Please register by filling the Registration form here.
Last date for registrations is Sunday, 1st December, 2019 midnight.

Please note: The selected verses will be sent by email to the participants on completion of registration

  • Assured prizes and Certificates of Participation for all contestants
  • For Gita verses and translations, please refer only to 'Bhagavad-gita As it is' by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  • Registration fee is $20 per child (can be paid online at torontokrishna.com, by Cheque, EMT, or at the registration desk at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple on Sundays between 4:30 and 8:00 p.m.)
For details about content for Bhagavad Gita contest, registration and other information, contact us at 416-830-6850 or email us at kids@torontokrishna.com.