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.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

GOVARDHAN PUJA: Monday, October 28th, 2019

On Monday, October 28th, 2019 Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Govardhan Puja!

Also referred to as Annakuta, Govardhana Puja is a special festival which marks the time when the inhabitants of Vrindavan (Lord Krishna’s abode on Earth) held a harvest festival in honour of King Indra, the demigod who provided the rains essential for the harvest. One day, however, Lord Krishna wanted to teach Indra a lesson. He convinced the inhabitants of Vrindavan to honour Govardhana Hill instead, whose fertile soil provided the grass upon which the cows and bulls grazed, and to honour the cows and bulls who provided milk and ploughed the lands.

Outraged, Indra retaliated with terrifying thunderstorms. The Supreme Personality of Godhead, Krishna, calmly lifted Govardhana Hill with the little finger of his left hand. For seven days and seven nights the Lord held up Govardhana Hill, providing a giant umbrella to shelter the inhabitants of Vrindavan from the torrential rain.

Govardhan Puja celebrations at the Hare Krishna temple have always been popular and this year's festival will once again feature a grand "Govardhana Hill" made entirely of sweets in the middle of the temple room! Please join us for festivities from 6:00pm to 9:00pm on Monday, October 28, 2019 to celebrate this wonderful festival!

We hope to see you and your family at the Hare Krishna temple for this spectacular festival!


Diwali Celebrations at ISKCON Toronto

ISKCON Toronto will be celebrating Diwali on Sunday October 27th, Cenebrations will take place from 4:30pm-7:00pm. Please join us in observing this festive occasion.

The story of Diwali stems back to ancient times when inhabitants of Ayodhya celebrated the return of Lord Ramachandra. Lord Rama was in exile, away from His kingdom, for many years. The joyful day on which He finally returned is observed as Diwali, or Dipavali as the residents of Ayodhya lit many lamps to welcome Lord Ramachandra home (“dipa” means candles, and “vali” means numerous).

“To show them special mercy, I, dwelling in their hearts, destroy with the shining lamp of knowledge the darkness born of ignorance.” 
Bhagavad-gita As It Is 10.11 

Wishing you and your family a Happy Diwali!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

HONOURING SRILA PRABHUPADA - Thursday, October 31st, 2019

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites one and all to join us for a reflective evening as we observe Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day on Thursday, October 31st, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. On this day, we reflect on the remarkable life of Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on the anniversary of his passing (known as the Disappearance Day).

ISKCON is now a worldwide movement and is comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants around the globe. This day will provide a great chance to meditate on what Srila Prabhupada means to us.

Please join us for the festivities that will start at 6:00pm with arati and will continue until approximately 8:30pm. Please join us as we glorify Srila Prabhupada on this very important day.

Gita Contest 2019 – Bhagavad Gita competitions for children


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.

Friday, October 18, 2019

RADHA KUND APPEARANCE DAY - OCTOBER 20th, 2018

There are many places of pilgrimage for Krishna devotees, especially in India. Devotees visit them to become inspired in their spiritual lives. Devotees of Krishna observe the appearance of Radha Kunda, also known as Bahulashtami. This Sunday, October 29th the Hare Krishna Centre will be celebrating this auspicious occasion beginning at 4:30pm and will include kirtan and a wonderful discourse (please note the actual date of Bahulashtami is Monday October 21st).

Radha Kunda is a reservoir of water located in Vrindavan, India, where Krishna and Srimati Radharani had Their pastimes. It is mentioned in The Nectar of Instruction (Sri Upadesamrta) and other Vedic texts as one of the most sacred places in the universe. Be sure to come out and be transported to this amazing place!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Seminar: Krsna Yoga - Be fit to serve Krishna (Oct. 19-20)

We are excited to announce that HG Gaura Nataraj das will be visiting Toronto to conduct a seminar entiteled "Krsna Yoga - Be fit to serve Krishna". The seminar will take place on October 19th and 20th and is divided into to three parts:

1. Krsna Yoga Part 1 : Understanding discipline of yoga and structure of the self (pancha kosa) and creation.. mentioned in Bhagavad-Gita , Upadeshamrita, Srimad Bhagvatam  and Yoga Sutras

2. Krsna Yoga Part 2 : Practical application in terms Yukatahara , vihara etc and controlling Atyahara etc as in Gita and above mentioned scriptures

3. Krishna Yoga part 3 : Deeper aspects of meditation. Concentrated offenceless chanting  and maintaining mode of goodness throughout life aimed at systematically studying and inculcating Bhagavatam.


Gaura Nataraj Das is an Author, Master Yoga teacher, Astrologer, Marriage counselor, Yogic diet consultant and spiritually a Bhakti yoga practitioner. He has traveled all over India and the United States teaching yoga and counseling individuals and families using traditional sciences like Yoga and astrology.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Radhastami Celebrations - Friday, September 6th

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Friday, September 6th for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will
commence at 6:00pm, and will feature a special flower outfit darshan!

Radhastami is a special festival for New Remuna Dhama (ISKCON Toronto) as it marks the 47th installation anniversary of our beloved Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha deities. Their Lordships were installed in 1972 in a small Temple on Gerrard Street and have been the center of our community ever since.

As an annual tradition, the highlight of the evening will be when we open gifts for Srimati Radharani that have been brought by the assembled devotees. If you and your family feel inclined, you are welcome to bring a gift for Their Lordships. Some humble suggestions from the pujari and kitchen departments include:

Items for the Deities (additional items will be added):

  •  handkerchiefs
  •  jewelry
  •  medium size storage containers
  •  bindis

Altar Cleaning Items:

  • silver polish (cream/liquid)
  • brass/copper polish (cream/liquid)
  • wood polish
  • laundry soap
  • soft cleaning cloths
  • towels
  • eco-friendly cleaning products
Kitchen Items:
  • Juciers
  • Food processors
  • Blenders
  • Potato peelers 
  • Strainers
  • Knifes 
  • Cutting boards
  • Peelers, 
  • Kitchen Cloths 
  • Oven gloves

A limited supply of gift baskets will be available to purchase at the Temple on September 6th; Gift certificates will also be available.



Sunday, September 1, 2019

ISKCON Disciples Course - September 27-29

A few years ago, the leadership of our international Hare Krishna movement instituted the "ISKCON Disciples Course", which is a great overview about several important aspects in one's spiritual life within our Hare Krishna family. This foundational course covers important topics like:
  • The importance of accepting initiation in a disciplic succession
  • Srila Prabhupada's special position
  • How to select a spiritual master
  • Relationships in a multi-guru environment
  • Parallel lines of authority and more
Uttama devi dasi and Partha das are visiting Toronto for a few weeks this summer and they will be facilitating the ISKCON Disciples Course from September 27-29, 2019.

Course Schedule:
Friday September 27:  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday September 28: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday September 29: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm

To register and to find out more information about this important course, please click here.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

JANMASTAMI 2019! ALL THE INFORMATION YOU NEED!


On Friday, August 23rd we will be celebrating  Krishna Janmastami, the appearance day of Lord Krishna. This occasion marks the biggest and grandest celebration at Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple. Lord Krishna appeared over five thousand years ago in Mathura. His name means the all attractive one. He is transcendental, all-knowing and possesses all the qualities of all the avatars yet He remains as an ever-youthful cowherd boy. His beauty and sweetness know no bounds. Lord Krishna is the spiritual master and friend to all. 

The Temple will be buzzing with activity on Janmastami day starting at 4:30am with Mangala arati. Morning festivities also feature Darshan arati where Thier Lordships are unveiled in thier new outfit as well as a discourse on Srimad Bhagvatam by special guest HG Chaitanya Charan das.

The main festivities will start at 6pm and go until midnight. The evening will be filled with kirtan, bhajans, discourses, dances and an abhishek (bathing ceremony). The highlight is of course the countdown to midnight. A special arati will be performed to their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha who will be dressed in an exquisite flower outfit!


Evening Program Schedule:
6:00 - 6:30 PM Arati
6:30 - 6:45 PM Announcements 
6:45 - 7:45 PM Janamastami discourse by special guest HG Chaitanya Charan das
7:45 - 8:00 PM Welcome dance presented by Krishna Fun School
8:00 - 8:30 PM Aarti
8:30 - 9:00 PM Dashavatar Presentation  by Krishna Fun School)
9:00 - 10:00 PM Patron Kalash Abhishek (see details below) 
10:00 - 10:30PM Bhakti Rasa dance performance
10:30 - 11:15PM Essense of Janamashtami- A Guided Multimedia & Musical Presentation 
11:15 -11:30 PM Kirtan
11:30 - 12:00 AM  Grand Final  Maha Abhishek
12:00 - 12:30 AM Midnight Arati 
12:30 AM Maha Feast
**SCHEDULE SUBJECT TO CHANGE***


Sponsor a kalash, a rare opportunity to participate in the bathing ceremony of Sri Sri Radha Krishna with auspicious liquids on Janmastami! Sponsors will get to take home their decorative Kalasha (pot). Click here for more information!










PARKING INFORMATION:

Paid parking within 10 minutes walking distance of the temple at:

  • 55 Avenue Road (Whole Foods/Underground)
  • 251 Macpherson Ave
  • 1010 Yonge Street
  • 15 Price Street



Monday, August 19, 2019

VYASA PUJA CELEBRATIONS - SATURDAY, AUGUST 24, 2019

The day after celebrations for one of our biggest festivals of the year, Krsna Janmastami, we will be celebrating one of the most important festivals for us as Hare Krishnas - Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja starting at 11am on Saturday, August 24, 2017.

The Vyasa Puja festival is always held the day after Janmastami and the festival honours the appearance of our spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

The program will begin at 11:00am with an abhisheka of Srila Prabhupada (bathing ceremony of a small Deity of Srila Prabhupada) and will continue with the arati, flower offerings (pushpanjali) and the reading of pre-written offerings from devotees in our community. We will be once again encouraging everyone to write their own offering for the Toronto Vyasa Puja Book, click HERE for details!

The schedule is as follows (subject to change):
11:00am - 11:30am: Abhisheka
11:30am - 11:50am: Offering
11:50am - 12:00pm: Pushpanjali
12:00pm - 12:30pm: Arati/Guru Puja
12:30pm - 2:00pm: Reading of Offerings
2:00pm: Prasadam