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.

Monday, May 25, 2015

TOVP Presentation with Special Guests - May 31, 2015

Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple is excited to share a “once in a lifetime” transcendental opportunity for you and your family!

Our beloved founder, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada desired to establish a massive temple and planetarium that depicts the universe as described in the Vedic scriptures in Mayapur, West Bengal, India.  Particularly, he directed that the planetarium be based on the descriptions given in the Srimad Bhagavatam and other Puranas, as well as the Brahma Samhita.

HG Ambarisa Prabhu is the main Chairman of the entire TOVP project and will be visiting Toronto as one of the few temples that he will personally be visiting in North America. Along with him will be HG Jananivas Prabhu, who has not stepped out of India for 45 years, but has now done so. He has brought with him Lord Nityananda’s shoes and Lord Narasimha’s helmet from Mayapur. Together, they are leading a team of devotees on a tour and ISKCON Toronto will be one of their main stops and we will be welcoming them on Sunday, May 31, 2015 for our weekly Sunday Feast.

We humbly invite you and your families and friends to join us and take full advantage to participate and give full support in this “once in a lifetime” opportunity.  Your generous donations will qualify for a valid Canadian income tax receipt.


Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) Launch Party - Sunday, June 7th

Festival of India Launch Party!
Date: Sunday, June 7th, 2015
Time: 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square (southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas)
TTC Subway: Dundas Station

To kick off the official countdown to the 43rd Annual Festival of India, a special day-long launch party will be held at Yonge-Dundas Square. The festival will include a cavalcade of activities, attractions and performances, including live art, vegetarian cooking demonstrations, free yoga classes, a South Asian bazaar, delicious food from Govinda’s, henna tattoos, face-painting, dress-in-a-saree booths, and more.

Also, be sure to stay until the evening to participate in an incredible, interactive mantra concert (kirtan) in which ancient sounds from the east will reverberate and grace Toronto’s busiest corner!

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Welcoming HG Eklavya das - Sunday, May 24th

This week, Toronto's Hare Krishna community is excited to welcome HG Eklavya das!  He will be conducting various programs around the GTA and will be conducting the Sunday Feast this upcoming Sunday, May 24th!

Eklavya Das was born in New York City, USA in 1965. By the time he entered the Berklee College of Music in Boston, in 1982 at the age of 19, he had already learned sixteen different instruments and played in orchestras, jazz big bands, brass quartets and rock bands in prestigious venues like New York Carnegie Hall and the Cool Jazz Festival. In 1987, Eklavya received his degree from Berklee College of Music in Recording Engineering and Production.

Eklavya Das joined ISKCON at the age of 26 in Ireland, Europe. At 27, during a meeting in Spain with his spiritual master, His Holiness Lokanath Swami Maharaja, he received the instruction to go to India where he remains based today, in Sri Pandharpur Dhama.

He was appointed, by ISKCON’s highest managerial body, the GBC, to join a team of HH Lokanath Swami Maharaja and HH Janananda Goswami Maharaja in promoting World Holy Name Day all over the world. Eklavya is a well known traveling preacher in the world of international ISKCON visiting USA, France, England, Spain, Germany, Czech Republic, Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Slovenia, Guyana, Trinidad, Russia, Dubai, Oman, Kuwait, Abu Dabi and Sharjah.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Welcoming HH Bhakti Swarupa Caitanya Swami!

This week, Toronto's Hare Krishna community is excited to welcome HH Bhakti Swarupa Caitanya Swami!  He will be conducting various programs around the GTA and will be conducting the Sunday Feast this upcoming Sunday, May 17th!

HH Bhakti Swarupa Caitanya Swami joined ISKCON in 1979.  From 1984-89, he printed and distributed Srila Prabhupada books underground in Russian language.  He served as the temple president in the first temple in former USSR, Kaunas city.  He also served as the regional secretary for Volga and west Siberia regions, in Russia.  Since 1998, Maharaj has since visited Germany, Canada, the United States, Switzerland , South Africa and in Baltic states of Estonia, Latvia Lithuania.  On February 21st, 2015,  His Holiness Bhakti Caitanya Maharaja awarded sannyasa to Maharaj.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Mridanga Meditations - Seminar REGISTER NOW!

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very excited to announce our next Mridanga course! With great success and feedback on our first Mridanga course in January, and a huge demand for another one, it's finally here! This mridanga course is for anyone and everyone - all ages and mridanga playing levels welcome! The course will be taking place over the long weekend of May 15th to 18th, 2015.

The course will be taught by Devala Prabhu, a young, second-generation Hare Krishna youth from Alachua Florida who is a masterful mridanga player. He will be facilitating the course at the temple and everyone is invited.

Course Details: 

Dates - Friday, May 15th to Monday, May 18th, 2015
Fee - $108 for 4 days (meals included)
Registration - Registration is mandatory and payment must be made before the course date (registration form at the bottom of this post)
Other Notes - please let us know if you will be bringing your own drum or if you need one
Contact - KirtanToronto@gmail.com
                 Nipun at (647)466-7735

REGISTER NOW http://goo.gl/forms/2PP5UB8wOS


Monday, May 4, 2015

Welcoming HG Kratu das this Sunday, May 10, 2015

This Sunday, Kratu das, a special guest will be speaking at our weekly Sunday Feast this Sunday, May 10, 2015.   Kratu das joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1970. It was right here in Toronto, in 1976, that he met Srila Prabhupada, and took initiation from him.

Since then, he has been traveling extensively around the world and sharing his realizations about bhakti-yoga. This Sunday, he will be giving the class at our Sunday Feast. We encourage you to come out to hear from Kratu das at the Sunday Feast!

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Sweet Rice Festival - Decorate & Offer a Pot of Sweet Rice!

On Sunday May 3, 2015 we will celebrate our Sweet Rice Festival for the second time! This festival will be filled with many festivities including a dramatic presentation by our very own HH Bhaktimarga Swami.






http://www.harekrsna.com/sun/features/09-13/cookery8.jpgThis year, you also have the chance of offering a pot of sweet rice personally to our Deities! Come see us at our Sunday Feast this weekend and purchase a clay pot that you can decorate and bring back on Sunday, May 3 during the Sweet Rice Festival to be offered to the Deities on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@torontokrishna.com .

2nd Annual Sweet Rice Festival - Sunday, May 3

Our beautiful and beloved Deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, have been the heart and soul of our Hare Krishna Centre for over 40 years. Actually, Srila Prabhupada named our Deities in Toronto after a famous Deity of the same name in the beautiful and ancient city of Remuna, India.

Ksira means "sweet rice" and chora means "thief".  So, the name "Ksira-Chora" translates into, "one who steals sweet rice".  This famous Deity of Lord Krishna in Remuna was given this name after an incredible incident which occurred hundreds of years ago wherein the Deity actually stole a small pot of sweet rice for his devotee, Madhavendra Puri.

http://www.a108.net/uploads/monthly_03_2013/event-1-0-48546600-1363479301.jpgMadhavendra Puri, a great 14 century saint in our lineage, had visited the ancient temple in Remuna and saw the priests (pujaris) offering small pots of sweet rice to the Deity. In his heart, he desired to taste the sweet rice so that he could create a similar preparation for his personal worship of his own Deity.  Seeing the genuine sincerity in his heart, the Deity of the temple secretly hid one of the earthen pots of sweet rice offered every night and then appeared in the dream of the priest (pujari) and instructed him to locate the hidden pot and give it to Madhavendra Puri.  In this way, the legend grew of the Gopinatha Deity which stole sweet rice for his devotee and thus Deity became known as "Ksira-Chora Gopinatha"!

Many may not know this, but since our Deities were given their name in the early 1970s, sweet rice has been offered on our altar every day!  On Sunday May 3, 2015, we are celebrating an annual festival called the "Sweet Rice Festival" that began last year. We will be honouring Madhavendra Puri's appearance day on this day along with relishing the wonderful story of Ksira-Chora Gopinatha! We will also have a dramatic presentation by HH Bhaktimarga Swami, which you do not want to miss!

We hope to see you all there! Learn about our fun initiative that everyone can participate in by offering a personal pot of sweet rice to our Deities - click here for more information!