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, August 27, 2015

Balarama's Appearance Day - This Saturday!

Please come celebrate the appearance day of Lord Balarama (Balarama Jayanti) on Saturday, August 29, 2015! Lord Balarama is the older brother of Lord Krishna and symbolizes spiritual strength.

The festival will kick off with a special Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) by taking our spiritual books and sharing with others on the streets of Toronto! Our enthusiastic team will leave at 1:00pm from the temple. Please join us for what will be a bright sankirtan outing!

The main festival at the temple will begin at 6:00pm with kirtan and arati and will be followed by an enlivening discourse given by our special guest, HG Narayani devi dasi. Then, we will continue with our annual tradition by having our Sixth Annual Balarama Bake Off  with a little twist this year. Stay tuned for this very sweet tradition!

Everyone during the festival will also be able to take part in the Jhulan Yatra Festival. A specially decorated swing will be arranged by the devotees for Sri Sri Radha and Krishna to sit and and accept the flower offerings from the devotees. Please join the festival and get a rare chance to personally swing their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna.

And remember, Balarama's Appearance day only begins the countdown to the BIGGEST Birthday Bash of the year as we celebrate Sri Krishna Janmastami on Saturday, September 5, 2015. Please mark your calendars and join us in creating a spiritually charged Krishna Conscious long-weekend. More information about what to expect will be coming your way soon!

A Glimpse into our Annual Summer Kids Camp!

This year from August 4 - 7, 2015, we held our annual Summer Kids Camp! Lots of games and activities kept all the children engaged and squealing throughout the week. Please check out the slideshow below!

The Krishna FunSkool (Sunday evening weekly classes conducted at the temple) has a new session starting on Sunday, September 13 for children 4-12 years. For more information and registration, please contact kids@torontokrishna.com.


Monday, August 10, 2015

Participate in Lord Krishna’s Grand Birthday Celebrations!


Lord Lord Krishna’s Grand Birthday Celebrations will be taking place on Saturday, September 5th, 2015! Stay tuned for a more information on the festivities! There are many ways you can participate, see our sponsorship opportunities below:

Maha Abhishek: $451
A rare opportunity to personally bathe Sri Sri Radha Krishna with auspicious liquids (water from seven holy rivers as well as panchamrita - a mixture of ghee, yogurt, milk, honey and sugar). Sponsors will get to take home their decorative Kalasha (pot) and puja thali (worship plate).

Feast Sponsorship:
Gold $1500 Silver $1000 Bronze $750

Festival Flowers: Gold: $1500 Silver $1000

Festival Deity Garlands: $750

Deity Dress: $1500 each altar; all thee altars: $4500

Platinum Festival Sponsorship: $10008 (complete festival)

For more information please contact donate@torontokrishna.com

Stay tuned for a more information on the grand festivities!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Register Now for ISKCON Disciples Course - August 1 - August 4

Please mark your dates for the second ISKCON Disciples Course in Toronto from Saturday, August 1st - Tuesday, August 4th. This course has been developed by the GBC (Governing Body Commission) and shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first OR second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami 2015. We encourage all devotees to try their best to attend and also request your help in spreading the word for the course.

This course will cover several important aspects, including:

- The importance of accepting initiation in disciplic succcession
- Srila Prabhupada's special position
- How to select a spiritual master
- Relationships in a multi-guru environment
- Parallel lines of authority and much more...

The course will be facilitated by HG Laxmimoni devi dasi, who is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. She has been involved in ISKCON educational projects since 1974. Now, she is a member of the GBC Ministry of Educational Development and a GBC Deputy.

We kindly ask anyone who is interested in attending to please fill out a preliminary registration form by clicking here.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Krishna FunSkool Summer Kids Camp: August 4 - August 7

We had a wonderful Festival of India this month but the summer fun isn't over yet - join us for the
annual Summer Kids Camp, which is happening this year from August 4-7th (Tuesday - Friday every day).

You can register for any number of days! As always we have lots of fun activities planned out with sumptuous prasadam (vegetarian meansl) for all the children.

The registration is $25 per day or $75 for all 4 days. You can pre-register your child by emailing us at kids@torontokrishna.com or by clicking here for the registration form.

Details:

Dates: Tuesday August 4 - Friday, August 7

Timings: 9:00am - 5:00pm every day

Fees: $25 for each day; $75 for all four days

To register, click here!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

12-Hour Kirtan Schedule Revealed!!!

We are very excited to announce the official schedule for the 12-Hour Kirtan!  There is no other better way to prepare for the 43rd Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) than singing and dancing the famous Hare Krsna mantra for 12 straight hours along with other devotees. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to join the 12-Hour Kirtan with us!  We are very delighted and anxiously looking forward to seeing you there.

9:45am to 10:00am      HG Dravida Prabhu
10:00am to 10:45am    HH BhaktiMarga Swami
10:45am to 11:30pm    Youth Bus Tour
11:30pm to 12:00pm   HH Candramauli Swami
12:00pm to 12:30pm   Radha Murari Band
12:30pm to 1:00pm    Shiv Prabhu
1:00pm to 1:30pm    Jagannath Priya Das
1:30pm to 2:00pm    Tara
2:00pm to 2:30pm    Sugosh Berg
2:30pm to 3:00pm    Jittu
3:00pm to 3:45pm    Balarama Tirtha das
3:45pm to 4:15pm    Dhira Grahi das
4:15pm to 5:00pm    Krishna Kishore Muralidhara Das
5:00pm to 6:00pm    Ajamila das
6:00pm to 7:00pm    Amala Kirtan das
7:00pm to 8:00pm    Agnideva das
8:00pm to 10:00pm     Madhava

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

He's Coming! Ratha-Yatra: Festival of India - July 17-19, 2015

Srila Prabhupada’s mercy continues to bless and nourish our international movement in a myriad of ways, and the global Ratha-Yatras are indeed a prime example of but one such benediction.  Srila Prabhupada’s grace has transformed the once-rare opportunity to pull the ropes of the beautiful chariots of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva, and Lady Subhadra into an international phenomenon for devotees the world over.

We in Toronto’s Hare Krishna community are exceedingly fortunate to have had the opportunity to present this Ratha-Yatra festival for the past four decades where thousands enjoy the festival amidst the association of great Vaisnavas and ecstatic kirtans.

We would like to humbly invite everyone to join us this year, on July 18th-19th, 2015 for our 43rd Annual Ratha-Yatra here in Toronto.

Festivities will kick off on Friday, July 17th as we celebrate a 12-Hour Kirtan, featuring Madhava Prabhu, Agnideva das, Amala Kirtan das and more!  We will be blowing the roof off New Remuna Dhama (ISKCON Toronto) with this 12-hour kirtan marathon. Once again, the special event is planned for Friday, July 17th from 10:00am to 10:00pm. This kirtan event is not to be missed!

Of course, this precedes the big weekend!  Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra has the unique distinction of being accredited by Madhuha das, the organizer of the traveling Festival of India tour, as being the largest Ratha-Yatra in North America with close to 40,000 people in attendance and a veritable plethora of Srila Prabhupada’s books sold each year!

Some of the unique features of Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra include:

  • A Parade Right Through Downtown Toronto
  • A “Bhajan Kutir” with Non-Stop Kirtan
  • “Yoga Meltdown” – A Mini Yoga Festival
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Internationally-Acclaimed Arts & Entertainment and much more!

Most significantly, Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra presents a unique and wonderful outreach opportunity. Thousands of Torontonians observe the parade as it proceeds down Yonge Street and dance with us when the kirtan reaches its climax in the famous “Toronto Tunnel”.

Immediately following the parade, festival-goers enjoy a kirtan-filled ferry ride over to Centre Island, where celebrations continue for the rest of the weekend. While on Centre Island devotees will be able to enjoy the association of a number of distinguished personalities including: HH Bhaktimarga Swami, HH Candramauli Swami, HG Dravida Prabhu, HH Bhakti Vinod Swami, HG Krsnanadini Prabhu, HG Madhava Prabhu and many more! The Centre Island festival-pavilion will also host a children’s area featuring fun and wholesome, Vedic-themed activities and events.  All in all, Toronto's Ratha-Yatra will offer everyone a chance to experience a unique festival promoting simple-living and high-thinking, with kirtan on the streets, underground, and on the water!

We hope to see you at the big event!  Hare Krishna!!!

12 Hour Kirtan - Friday, July 17, 2015 - 10am to 10pm

Sing & Dance All Day Long  - 12 Hour Kirtan Coming on Friday, July 17, 2015!

It’s that exciting time of the year again and now is the time for you to book a day off work or take leave from school!  But do you know why?  It is because the 12 Hour Kirtan is back and will be happening on Friday, July 17, 2015 from 10:00am to 10:00pm!

We are proud to announce that Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will once again be welcoming back sensational kirtaneer Madhava Prabhu to headline the 12-Hour Kirtan!  Joining him will be Agnideva das, Amala Kirtan das, members of the Mayapuris,  as well as many other kirtaneers from all around the world! 

There is no other better way to prepare for the 43rd Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) than singing and dancing the famous Hare Krsna mantra for 12 straight hours along with other devotees. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to join the 12-Hour Kirtan with us!  We are very delighted and anxiously looking forward to seeing you there.


Please stays tuned for the kirtan schedule and join your favourite kirtaneer singing the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra!