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.

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. 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! (Program Schedule to be posted soon)

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



Friday, August 16, 2019

ISKCON TORONTO’S 2019 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 Saturday, August 24, 2019 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 2019.   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. PLEASE NOTE WE ARE NOT ACCEPTING ONLINE OFFERINGS THIS YEAR.

The hand-written offerings can be submitted in person at the temple, in the designated drop box, up until 11:00am on Saturday, August 24, 2019

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

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.

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 Saturday, August 24, 2019
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Friday, August 9, 2019

Lord Balarama's Appearance Day: Wednesday August 14th


The auspicious appearance day (birthday) of Lord Balarama, Lord Krishna's older brother is less than a week away- on Wednesday August 14th! Lord Balarama symbolizes strength and compassion- and we all could do with a little bit of that! So we invite you to take part in the celebrations at the Hare Krishna Temple. Festivites will begin at 6pm, devotees are encouraged to dress inn blue to honor Lord Balaram.

After Lord Balarama's appearance day, the countdown for Sri Krishna Janmashtami starts, the biggest birthday bash in town for Lord Krishna. This year, Janmashtami falls on Friday August 23rd. As always, we will be having a fun, power-packed schedule for that day, 6:00pm to midnight! More information will be coming your way soon!

We warmly accept any donations to help support these wonderful activities, you can now donate online HERE!


Thursday, August 1, 2019

Upcoming visit of Vaisesika das

There is always a special buzz in the air when Toronto's vibrant Hare Krishna community welcomes back Vaisesika das back to our temple. 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. From inspiring classes and hitting the streets with spiritual books, to the rip-roaring kirtans, Vaisesika das keeps us all on our spiritual toes!


We are excited to announce some of the programs and events that you and your family are welcome to take part in:

Srimad Bhagavatam Classes
August 9th to August 12th
7:45am to 9:00am (Followed by Breakfast)


Through a series of exclusively picked mantras from Srimad Bhagvatam, the text which is considered to be the ripened fruit of spiritual knowledge, Vaisesika Dasa will explain the process of 'Sadhana Bhakti' that can carry us from material to spiritual existence while still in this body. As an added bonus, Vaisesika Dasa has encouraged attendees to prepare questions in advance and send them to him! Click here to email your questions.

Sankirtan - Hitting the Streets with Spiritual Knowledge
Saturday, August 10th - (times to be posted)
All devotees are welcome to join Vaisesika das as we collectively hit the streets with our beloved spiritual books with the goal of sharing our beautiful spiritual heritage with the public. Stay tuned for more information!

A Night of Kirtan with Vaisesika das:
Saturday, August 10th - 6:00pm to 9:00p
You won't want to miss this opportunity to dive deeper into melodious kirtan with Vaisesika das. We will explore some of the beautiful chants of our Vaisnava tradition and the mood will be certainly be sweet. Join us for what will surely be a very special evening!

Sunday Feast with Vaisesika das:
Sunday, August 11th - 4:30pm to 7:00pm
Our weekly Sunday extravaganza will include a special class by Vaisesika das. Toss in some amazing kirtan and mouth-watering vegetarian feast and your Sunday should be booked!

Additional Activites on Sunday Include:
5:00 am - Japa Circle - Make Japa Great Again, Come Chant with HG Vaisesika Prabhu
1-2pm - KC Girls Sanga with Mother Nirakula (catered towards new comers)                             
6:30 - 7:30pm - Junior Jam

Monday:
6 pm - Krishna Katha with Vaisesika Prabhu in Temple Room



Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Seminar with HH Gopal Krishna Goswami

Gopal Krishna Goswami, then Gopal Krishna Khanna studied in France, and later studied Business Administration at McGill University in Montreal and worked as a marketing research analyst for Pepsi Cola in Toronto. He first met Srila Prabhupada in June 1968 and received initiation in May 1969, receiving the name Gopal Krishna Dasa. In 1975, Srila Prabhupada sent Gopal Krishna to India, giving him the responsibility of being a Governing Body Commissioner within the area, instructing him specifically to print and expand the distribution of his books in India and to translate and print books in Indian languages. In 1981 he took sannyasa and the name, Tridandi Swami Gopal Krishna Goswami Maharaja. Since then Gopal Krishna Goswami has been traveling extensively all over the world preaching Gaudiya Vaishnavism, initiating disciples, delivering talks, and overseeing various philanthropic and devotional projects. 
Currently Gopal Krishna Goswami is the Governing Body Commissioner of  countries and regions including  Delhi,  Vrindavan,  Mumbai,  Mayapur,  Chandigarh, Kenya, Canada and parts of North America and Russia.

Gopal Krishna Goswami has been featured on radio, television and newspaper stories in India and abroad commenting on various issues. He has delivered series of lectures to diverse audiences in the last three decades. He regularly delivers lectures at ISKCON temples, speaking on various Vaishnava scriptures, such as Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam. 

We welcome him to ISKCON Toronto temple this Sunday, July 28 from 4 PM till 6:30 PM and Monday, July 29 from 6 PM till 8:30 PM where he will deliver seminars on various spiritual topics. You are cordially invited to attend this program which will also include arati and free vegetarian feast.


Saturday, July 20, 2019

12th Annual Summer Kids Camp

Krishna's Funskool at Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple is very happy to announce the 12th annual Summer Kids Camp-2019 for kids aged 4-12!

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 Monday, August 26th to Friday, August 30th 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 the Front desk at ISKCON Toronto Hare Krishna temple between 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. Please mention the name of your child, age and Krishna Funskool Summer Kids Camp 2019 while making the donation.
2. Online using PayPal/Interac/EMT via donate@torontokrishna.com - Please add the name of your child, age and Krishna Funskool Summer Kids Camp 2019 in the description line.
3. By Cheque payable to ISKCON Toronto. Please mention the name of your child, age and Krishna Funskool Summer Kids Camp 2019

For more information please contact kids@torontokrishna.com

Thursday, July 11, 2019

Your guide to Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra)

The wait is almost over! Your guide to the 47th annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) is below:

Parade
Toronto’s 47th Annual Festival of India will launch with a spectacular parade that will cruise down Yonge Street, beginning at Yonge & Bloor, and make its way down to the lake. During the parade, three ornate, 40-foot tall floats will be hand-pulled by participants amidst ecstatic singing, drumming, and dancing creating a wondrous, carnival-like atmosphere. Parade participants and spectators are encouraged to join in the excitement by singing and chanting along to the world-famous Hare Krishna mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare;
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare


For 47 years, this annual parade has brought the splendour and tradition of India’s spiritual roots to Yonge Street, generating a vibe like no other summer event in the Greater Toronto Area.

Parade Information:
 Date & Time: Saturday July 13th 2019 – 11:00 am to 2:00pm
 Transit: TTC Bloor Subway Station

Parade is only on Saturday, July 13th and begins at 11am at Yonge and Asquith (north of Yonge and Bloor near the Toronto Reference Library). The closest TTC subway station is Yonge/Bloor station. The parade goes down Yonge street and ends at Queens Quay and Freeland St.

Click here for the Parade route in Google Maps 

Centre Island
After the parade on Yonge, Festival of India celebrations continue for the remainder of the weekend at Centre Island. Festival attendees will be treated to a  host of family-friendly activities, including:
Free Vegetarian Feast
The highlight of the Festival of India has to be the sumptuous free vegetarian feast, which will present the flavours, spices and colours of the East to festival attendees. Vegan options will be available.
Arts & Culture
The centrepiece of the festival site is a beautiful and soul-riveting programme of devotional music and dramatic dance from the ancient subcontinent. Be sure not to miss the massive closing kirtans on both days!
Bazaar
Presenting a fun-filled marketplace with arts, crafts, jewellery and much more, our Bazaar will present plenty of excitement for the avid shopper!
Kids Zone
Our family-friendly festival would not be complete without an area dedicated to our young ones! Arts and crafts, yoga, magic show and several activities to keep them busy all day!
Non-Stop Kirtan
Come experience the power of devotional chanting, or kirtan! Kirtan has roots that go back over 500 years to India and is a form of Bhakti yoga (the yoga of devotion) and has the power to open the heart. Non-stop kirtans wlll be featured at the festival and will close out the main stage program on each day!
Ask, Discover, Explore
Time to delve deep and ask, discover and explore the spiritual side of this ancient philosophy. Some very practical topics will be presented by our seasoned Bhakti practitioners at our Spiritual Seminars and Q&A tents.
For more information, check www.festivalofindia.ca
The festival is open to and free for the all. With its diverse assortment of celebrations and activities, Festival of India at Centre Island is sure to offer something for everyone!
Although the festival itself is free, you still need to buy the ferry tickets to get onto the Centre Island. You can purchase your tickets now through the City of Toronto’s online ticketing system using the button below to avoid any delays at the ferry docks on the day of the festival.

Purchase Ferry Tickets now! 

Monday, July 1, 2019

12-Hour Kirtan


Pre-Rathayatra 12-Hour Kirtan. You heard that right- the biggest indoor kirtan party of the year is just around the corner! Featuring phenomenal kirtan leaders from around the world, this is definitely one of those days not to be missed! This year this will happen on Friday July 12th from 10am - 10pm at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple at 243 Avenue Road. The rip-roaring yet melodious kirtan is hands down, one of the best free one-day mantra-meditation retreats in town!

So what are you waiting for? Book the day off work or school as this is your opportunity to immerse yourselves in 12 awesome hours of the transcendental vibrations of the maha-mantra accompanied by singing, dancing, a range of instruments and clapping.

World renowned kirtanyas will be descending on Toronto from around the world, including Madhava Prabhu from Switzerland, Amala Kirtan Dasa from Brazil and many more! Though the roster will be made available closer to date, make sure you come early so as to not miss out on your favourite out-of-town kirtanya!

Invite all your family and friends on Friday July 12th, 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!


Thursday, June 27, 2019

Snana-Yatra: Sunday, June 30th


The annual Snana-Yatra festival is upon us this coming weekend- which means the Festival of India is fast approaching! This upcoming Sunday, June 30th Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating this most mesmerizing festival wherein Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra will be bathed with many ambrosial liquids amidst enchanting kirtan!

After the bathing ceremony (snana-yatra), Their Lordships mysteriously "fall sick" and thus take to Their private quarters. For the next thirteen days, the right-most altar doors remain closed and the Deities do not give audience. Actually, during this period renovations are made on the body of the Deities. This is called nava-yauvana. During the Ratha-yātrā ceremony, the doors are opened and the Deities once again come before the public!

Please join in the wonderful Snana-Yatra festival! You do not want to miss out on this last opportunity to see Lord Jagannatha before his grand appearance on the Ratha-Yatra festival!

***Please note timings are different from a regular Sunday program***

The festival schedule is as follows (subject to change):
5:00pm to 5:15pm - Welcome & Announcements
5:15pm to 6:00pm - Class
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati
6:30pm to 7:15pm - Abisheka (Bathing Ceremony)
7:15pm onwards - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Upcoming Programs with HH Niranjana Swami and HG Madhavananda Prabhu

This coming week, we are very happy to welcome HH Niranjana Swami and HG Madhavananda Prabhu to Toronto.

There will be special programs on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings and a special Bhagavatam Class with HH Niranjana Swami on Thursday (June 27th).  We encourage you to attend as many programs as possible and take benefit of their association!

Wednesday (June 26th)  & Thursday (June 27th)  evening 6pm - Krishna Katha and Kirtan with HG Madhavananda Prabhu

Thursday (June 27th)  Morning - Srimad Bhagavatam Class with HH Niranjana Swami

Friday (June 28th) 6pm - Krishna Katha and Kirtan with HH Niranjana Swami