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.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

** UPDATED ** Big Birthday Bash - Krishna Janmastami - Aug 15, 2017

On Tuesday, August 15, 2017, the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!

Main festivities will start at 6:00pm and go until midnight and will be filled with kirtan, bhajans, discourses and more! The highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight! The momentum builds as the abhisheka (bathing ceremony) is performed and the Temple is filled with wonderful rocking kirtan, at the stroke of midnight, the Deity doors will open and their Lordships Sr Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha will be revealed in a stunning flower outfit! It is truly a festival NOT to be missed!

Due to construction, we will not be able to provide the free parking located on Pears Avenue. We have found some nearby options for your convenience. There are a few parking lots that are about 10 minutes walking distance from the temple. The rates mentioned below are for the parking overnight, from 6pm - 6am.

55 Avenue Road (Whole Foods/Underground) - $7
251 Macpherson Ave - $3
1010 Yonge Street - $5
15 Price Street - $5

The following is the schedule for the festival (subject to change):

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:45pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:45pm - 7:30pm: Class by HG Mahabhagvat das
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Video Message from GBC Chair
8:00pm - 8:45pm: Arati and Kirtan
9:00pm - 10:00pm: Donor Abhishek
10:00pm - 10:40pm: Musical Presentation by HG Jahnavi Jivana devi dasi
10:40pm -11:00pm: Hare Krishna Movie Trailer Presentation
11:00pm - 12:00am: Maha Abhishek
12:00am - 12:30am: Midnight Arati with Special Flower Darshan!

Please join us with your whole family on this most auspicious occasion!




ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book - Submit Your Offering!

ISKCON Toronto’s 2017 Congregational Vyasa Puja Book

The appearance day (birthday) of Srila Prabhupada is a very special occasion for all Hare Krishna devotees.  Srila Prabhupada appeared on Nandotsava – the day that Nanda Maharaja had a big festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Krsna (Sri Krsna Janmastami).   This year, Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja falls on Wednesday, August 16, 2017 and celebrations will be from 11am-3pm at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple.

This day is known as Vyasa Puja because the spiritual master is a representative of Srila Vyasadeva who is the author of the Srimad Bhagavatam, one of our most important scriptures.  Traditionally, Vyasa Puja "offerings" are made by devotees who write and present personal messages to the spiritual master.   The Governing Body Commission (GBC) for ISKCON has stated that every devotee in ISKCON should write an offering to Srila Prabhupada on Vyasa Puja.

We would like to encourage all devotees in our community to write a personal letter, in the form of an offering to Srila Prabhupada for this year’s festival and, to further facilitate this process, we will be making a special ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book for 2017.   This book will be presented to Srila Prabhupada on the day of Vyasa Puja.   Following the program, the book will be on display for devotees to read all the offerings by devotees of our community.  Please note – due to time constraints during the festival, we will not be able to have everyone read out their offerings during the main festivities.  However, devotees are welcome to privately do so before or after the festival.

In order to facilitate this whole process, pre-printed pages have been prepared and we are asking devotees to hand write offerings onto these specially-designed pages.   The maximum length of the offering is one page per person.   If you wish to type your offering, you can use our Vyasa Puja online form using the form below - typed offerings must be emailed by 8:00am on August 16th.  We will print out these offerings for you.

The hand-written offerings can be submitted in person at the temple, in the designated drop box, up until 11:00am on August 16th.

We humbly encourage you to please take this opportunity to honour Srila Prabhupada with a personal offering!  Hare Krsna!

Your Servants,
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple


Guidelines for Your Written Offering:
  • Write your offering in the mood of a personal letter to Srila Prabhupada.  Write in a style as if you are addressing Srila Prabhupada directly (e.g. “Srila Prabhupada, it is by your mercy that I have come to Krsna consciousness.”)
  • The Vyasa Puja offering is meant for glorifying the spiritual master.    So offerings need to be made in that mood and not be used as a platform for airing one's grievances.  
  • You may wish to read the previous year’s Vyasa Puja offerings made to Srila Prabhupada by various senior devotees around ISKCON.    It may give you some ideas of how to express yourself.   These can be found here: http://prabhupada.krishna.com/homages
  • It is a courtesy to start your offering with Srila Prabhupada’s pranama mantras; we have already printed these onto the official pages.   A suggested opening is as follows: “Dear Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances.   All glories to you on this auspicious occasion of your Vyasa Puja.” 
  • The main content of the offering should glorify the role that Srila Prabhupada is playing in your life as well as express your indebtedness to him.   You may also include reports about your spiritual growth, how you are meeting challenges and how you are carrying out his orders.    
  • To end the offering it would be nice to show one’s appreciation and desire to please, by some nice phrase such as “Your Humble Servant” or something similar.
  • If you have any questions, concerns or challenges, feel free to write to us at SPofferings@torontokrishna.com 
  • Please note, the temple reserves the right to not publish an offering if it is deemed inappropriate.

Submission Requirements and Deadlines
  • Hand-written offerings must be submitted no later than 11:00am at ISKCON Toronto on Friday, August 16, 2017
  • Typed offerings must be submitted via the form embedded below no later than 8:00am on Friday, August 16, 2017

Vyasa Puja Celebrations - Wed, Aug 16, 2017

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 Wednesday, August 16, 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.  More details will be posted soon!

The schedule is as follows (subject to change):
11:00am - 11:45am: Abhisheka
11:45am - 12:00am: Offering
12:00pm - 12:30pm: Arati
12:30pm - 1:30pm: Reading of Offerings

Friday, August 4, 2017

Krishna FunSkool Summer Break Kids Camp - August 21-25, 2017

Join us for 5 fun-filled days for a memorable experience of interactive spiritual learning. Each of the five days will have a unique theme from our rich Vedic Heritage. Activities will include arts, crafts, drama, yoga, music, cooking classes, outdoor activities and much more.

Sumptuous breakfast, lunch and snack prasadam will be provided.

Here are more details:

The camp will run for five days from Monday, August 21st to 25th from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
You can register your child for one, more or all the 5 days.
Please register your child by filling up the form here.

Registration Fee:  $30 per day or $125 for all five days



You can complete the payment for registration in the following ways:

1. In Person - On Sundays at Krishna's Funskool, Govinda's Restaurant, ISKCON Toronto between 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Please give the name of your child, age and Summer Kids Camp 2017 while making the donation.

2. Online using PayPal/interac/EMT via donate@torontokrishna.com - Please add the name of your child, age and Summer Kids Camp 2017 in the description line.

3. By Cheque payable to ISKCON Toronto.

For more information please contact kids@torontokrishna.com.

Krishna FunSkool Presents: Summer Camp for Youth - August 24-25, 2017

Krishna's Funskool at Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple is very happy to announce the Summer Camp for Youth-2017, a unique value-based leadership program for youth aged 12-17 years!

Join us for 2 fun-filled days of interactive spiritual learning, intriguing outdoor and indoor activities, sumptuous prasadam, practical life management skills, yoga, meditation, music and much more. We invite you to experience, explore and evolve - discover your true potential.

Sumptuous breakfast, lunch and snack prasadam will be provided.

Here are more details:
The camp will run for two days Thursday, August 24th and Friday, August 25th 
from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Please register  by filling up the form here.

Registration Fee:  $ 60 for 2 days

You can complete the payment for registration in the following ways:

1. In Person - On Sundays at Krishna's Funskool, Govinda's Restaurant, ISKCON Toronto between 6:15 - 7:30 p.m. Please give the name of your child, age and Summer Camp for Youth 2017 while making the donation.

2. Online using PayPal/interac/EMT via donate@torontokrishna.com - Please add the name of your child, age and Summer Camp for Youth 2017 in the description line.

3. By Cheque payable to ISKCON Toronto.

For more information please contact 
kids@torontokrishna.com.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Lord Balarama's Appearance Day - Aug 7


Come join us this Monday to celebrate the appearance of Lord Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna! Lord Balarama always protects His devotees and is known to be very merciful even to the most fallen conditioned soul. What better way to end off the long weekend than coming to the temple to celebrate this very special appearance day starting at 6pm.

Here is the schedule for the evening:

6:00-6:30 Arati
6:30-6:40 Welcome and Announcements
6:40-7:30 Class
7:30-8:00 Special Bhajan Meditation
8:00-8:30 Arati\

We hope to see you all there!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

ISKCON Disciples Course - July 28 - 31, 2017

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

Laxmimoni Devi Dasi is visiting Toronto for a few weeks this summer and she will be facilitating the ISKCON Disciples Course from July 28th - 31st.

Course Schedule:
Friday July 28th:  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday July 29th: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday July 30th: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday July 31st:  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

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

Media Coverage of Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India)

As tens of thousands of people descended upon downtown Toronto to attend the 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India), the media also took notice!  Our festival was featured as part of news coverage on major networks.  We did a quick scan of websites and newspapers and were able to grab a few highlights:


CTV News:


Canadian Immigrant Magazine:


Toronto Star Online:


DailyHive:


Toronto Star Print:


Toronto Star Touch:




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Videos: Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) 2017

Last week (July 14-16, 2017), the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple hosted the 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) and celebrations brought an incredible spiritual splash of culture to the whole city!  If you want to relive the experience of attending the festival, we have you covered.  Check out the videos below (courtesy of Sathi Prabhu):





Full Videos of the Amazing 12-Hour Kirtan!

On Friday, July 14, 2017, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple hosted an incredible 12-Hour Kirtan.  Our main Temple Room (prayer hall) was filled by the evening with chanters who collectively vibrated spiritual mantras!  Check out the videos below: