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, November 7, 2018

HAPPY DIWALI FROM ISKCON TORONTO!


“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!

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). Click HERE for a small video that tells the wonderful story of Diwali! This time of year, the month of Kartik/Damodara, provides a very special opportunity to celebrate various festivals and events at the Hare Krishna Temple!

Please join us for Govardhan Puja tomorrow (November 8th; 6-9pm)!

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Govardhan Puja: Thursday, November 8, 2018

On Thursday, November 8, 2018 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 th
e 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 Thursday, November 8, 2018 to celebrate this wonderful festival!

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




Tuesday, October 30, 2018

New Sunday Program Timings


Please note the change in the timings of our weekly Sunday Program. The Sunday program will now be held between 4:30-7pm . The details are as follows :

4:30 pm - Kirtan
5:00 pm - Announcements & Class
6:00 pm - Arati 
6:30 pm - Sunday Feast ( vegetarian feast will be served)
7 :00 pm - Program Ends 

(All other Sunday services will remain unchanged including the 8 pm Arati)


Monday, October 29, 2018

Radha Kund Appearance day - November 1, 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 Thursday, November 1, 2018 the Hare Krishna Centre will be celebrating this auspicious occasion beginning at 6:00pm and will include kirtan and a wonderful discourse.

Radha Kunda is a reservoir of water located in Vrindavan, India, where Krishna and Srimati Radharani had Their pastimes. It is mentioned in Sri Isopanishad 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!


A FLURRY OF SPECIAL GUESTS & EVENTS!

With fall upon us, many special guests are making their way to Toronto to enliven and inspire everyone with seminars and more!

Parliament of the World's Religions: Nov 1-7, 2018

The 2018 Parliament of the World's Religions is taking place in Toronto. On November 2nd Our very own HH Bhaktimarga Swami and his drama troupe will be performing "Many Mothers and Many Fathers". HG Anuttama Prabhu & HG Rukmini Mataji will be also be participating in the event. 

To register please visit: https://parliamentofreligions.org/webform/2018-parliament-canadian-registration {For special discount, please use Code GRPFLASH}

HG Caitanya Charan Prabhu: Nov 1 - 5, 2018 

Chaitanya Charan prabhu will be making another visit to the GTA and will be giving the Sunday discourse at both ISKCON Brampton and ISKCON Toronto on November 4th. Prabhu will also be conducting a seminar at ISKCON Scarborough on Saturday, November 3rd; click HERE for more information. 
He is a member of ISKCON’s leading intellectual body, the Shastric Advisory Council, and is the associate-editor of ISKCON’s global magazine, Back to Godhead. He is the author of the world’s only Gita-daily feature, wherein he writes daily a 300-word inspirational reflection on a verse from the Bhagavad- Gita. He has written over seventeen hundred Gita meditations that are posted on www.gitadaily.com and are read through daily feeds by thousands from all over the world.

HG Gauranga Prabhu: Nov Nov 2 - 4, 2018 

Gauranga prabhu will be conduction a seminar on Four Principles of Community Development, click HERE for more Information. HG Gauranga prabhu will also be giving the morning Srimad Bhagvatam class at ISKCON Toronto On Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th. 

HG Gauranga Prabhu is a Co Temple President of ISKCON Chowpatty temple, Director of Govardhan Ecovillage, Global Duty Officer of GBC, Trustee of ISKCON GBC College and member of GBC Organizational Development Committee and GBC Nominations Committee.

HG Vaisesika Prabhu and HG Nirakula Mataji: Dec. 14 - 19, 2018

Making one of their many trips to Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre are none other than His Grace Vaisesika Prabhu and Her Grace Nirakula mataji! They are truly members of our large community and we are very excited to have them once again to encourage our many sankirtan initiatives. Sankirtan refers to the process of sharing our spiritual culture through book distribution. Stay tuned for more information. 

INVITE AND HONOUR LORD DAMODARA IN YOUR HOME!

During this most auspicious month of Kartik (Oct 24 to Nov 22), you can invite Lord Krishna in the form of Bala Gopala (Damodara) to your home, offer beautiful lamps and hear about wonderful stories of baby Krishna.

You can book your 1-hour slot by contacting (416) 400-7001 or kartikbookings@gmail.com to reserve your spot during Kartik weekday evenings or weekends. Please note, limited spots are available. Please feel free to take this unique opportunity for your family.



Community Development Seminar with H.G. Gauranga Prabhu

Gauranga prabhu will be conducting a seminar on Four Principles of Community Development on November 2nd and 3rd, 2018. Gauranga prabhu will also be giving the morning Srimad Bhagvatam class at ISKCON Toronto on Saturday, November 3rd and Sunday, November 4th, 2018. Please see the poster below for more information!
HG Gauranga Prabhu is a Co Temple President of ISKCON Chowpatty temple, Director of Govardhan Ecovillage, Global Duty Officer of GBC, Trustee of ISKCON GBC College and member of GBC Organizational Development Committee and GBC Nominations Committee.

The Gita Contest 2018


Krishna's Funskool at ISKCON Toronto is pleased to announce the Gita Contest 2018 – Bhagavad Gita competitions for children.
           

Event Date: Saturday, December 8th, 2018
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 Saturday, 1st December, 2018 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 4:15 and 7:00 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.

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Child Protection Initiative

On a sunny Saturday in September ISKCON Toronto hosted a Child Protection Awareness training for devotees serving with the greater Toronto area centers including Scarborough, Toronto, Brampton and the newest addition, Milton.
Management, Child Protection Team members and youth serving staff spent the day increasing their understanding of the various forms of child maltreatment, red flags and practicing how to respond when someone reveals a concern.
Practical ways to enhance safety for children at their respective centers was a significant take away from this event. Perhaps you have noticed ways your temple is making changes to increase safety for children? If you are the caretaker of a young child coming to the temple, to ensure a safe and positive experience for all, the primary thing that you can do is arrange adult supervision for your child at all times.
On Sunday the CPO gave child protection presentations to the congregation in Brampton as well as Toronto. Old and young from diverse populations expressed gratitude for the straight forward and preventative approach to this universal issue that effects so many.

For more information visit:

Monday, September 10, 2018

BIRTHDAY GIFTS FOR SRIMATI RADHARANI


The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Sunday, September 16th for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm, stay tuned for more details. 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 department include:

Items for the Deities:
  •  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
A limited supply of jewelry will be available to purchase at the Temple on Sunday, September 16th; Gift certificates will also be available.