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, December 9, 2019

Vaisesika prabhu and Nirakula mataji visit Toronto: Dec 20-24

We're very happy to welcome back HG Vaisesika prabhu and HG Nirakula mataji to Toronto for their bi-annual visit. 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. HG Vaisesika dasa is an initiating guru in ISKCON. He travels widely to teach the tenets of devotional service, and the great art of distributing Srila Prabhupada's books.
We are excited to announce some of the programs and events that you and your family are welcome to take part in:

Friday, Dec 20th to Tuesday, Dec 24th
7:30-9:00 am
Class and Discussion on Srimad Bhagavatam 

Saturday, Dec 21st 
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Special Sankirtan Outing with Vaisesika Prabhu!

Saturday, Dec 21st 
6:30 pm - 8:30pm
Bhajan Night

Sunday, Dec 22nd
4:30 am - Make Japa Great Again - Come Surcharge your Sadhana, chant in the association of HG Vaisesika Prabhu
4:30pm onwards - Sunday Feast at ISKCON Toronto
7:00 pm - Junior Jam - A session of Sloka Chanting and Kirtan with the children and youth

Tuesday, Dec 24th
6:00pm - 8:30pm
Tuesday Sanga with HG Vaisesika Prabhu

*** Events will be broadcast live!*** on HG Vaisesika Prabhu's Facebook page and on http://www.mixlr.com/tstlive (audio only)

Saturday, November 23, 2019

ADVENT OF BHAGAVAD-GITA (GITA JAYANTI) - DECEMBER 7TH, 2019

Over five thousand years ago, Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna, discussing the fundamental principles of life. The Gita lucidly explains the nature of consciousness, the self and the universe. It contains both the essence of India's spiritual wisdom and the answers to questions that have been posed by philosophers for centuries.

Today, that same Bhagavad-gita has been translated to numerous languages and is read by millions of people around the world, revered in academic circles, and studied by spiritualists all over the world.

Saturday, December 7th, 2019 marks Gita Jayanti, the day when Lord Krishna spoke the Bhagavad-gita to Arjuna. Festivities will begin at 5:00pm and will include the recitation of the whole Bhagavad-gita followed by a sumptuous feast.  Please join us on this most auspicious occasion with your whole family!

Friday, November 22, 2019

Gift of Gita Program


Please join in, support the 'Gift of Gita', and help transform this world through knowledge.

Lord Krishna himself confirms in the Gita that one who distributes this knowledge of Gita to others becomes the most dear to Him (BG 18.68-69)

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3 WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
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✅ DISTRIBUTE Gitas to friends and family

✅ SPONSOR Gitas to be placed in hotels, hospitals, prisons, and more!

✅ INSPIRE others to distribute or sponsor Gitas

Please visit https://giftofgita.com/ for more information


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Gita Contest 2019 – Bhagavad Gita competitions for children


PLEASE NOTE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED, CONTEST DETAILS ARE AS FOLLOWS:

Date of the contest: Satrurday, December 7th, 2019

Venue: ISKCON Hare Krishna temple, 
            243 Avenue Road, Toronto.

The schedule for the day is as follows:

1:15 - 1:45 p.m.: Registrations
1:50 - 1:55 p.m.: Welcome address and guidelines
2:00 - 4:30 p.m.: Gita contest 
4:30 -  5:00 p.m.: Ekadasi Snack Prasadam


The award ceremony for the prize winners will be held on Sunday, December 8th 2019 between 5:00 pm and  6:00 pm at the ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple, Toronto.

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Krishna's Funskool at ISKCON Toronto is pleased to announce the Gita Contest 2019 – Bhagavad Gita competitions for children.
           
Event Date: Saturday, December 7th, 2019
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 Sunday, 1st December, 2019 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 4:30 and 8:00 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.





Thursday, October 24, 2019

GOVARDHAN PUJA: Monday, October 28th, 2019

On Monday, October 28th, 2019 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 the 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 Monday, October 28, 2019 to celebrate this wonderful festival!

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


Diwali Celebrations at ISKCON Toronto

ISKCON Toronto will be celebrating Diwali on Sunday October 27th, Cenebrations will take place from 4:30pm-7:00pm. Please join us in observing this festive occasion.

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).

“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!

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

HONOURING SRILA PRABHUPADA - Thursday, October 31st, 2019

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites one and all to join us for a reflective evening as we observe Srila Prabhupada's Disappearance Day on Thursday, October 31st, from 6:00pm to 8:30pm. On this day, we reflect on the remarkable life of Srila Prabhupada, the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON) on the anniversary of his passing (known as the Disappearance Day).

ISKCON is now a worldwide movement and is comprised of more than 350 centres, 60 rural communities, 50 schools and 60 restaurants around the globe. This day will provide a great chance to meditate on what Srila Prabhupada means to us.

Please join us for the festivities that will start at 6:00pm with arati and will continue until approximately 8:30pm. Please join us as we glorify Srila Prabhupada on this very important day.

Friday, October 18, 2019

RADHA KUND APPEARANCE DAY - OCTOBER 20th, 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 Sunday, October 29th the Hare Krishna Centre will be celebrating this auspicious occasion beginning at 4:30pm and will include kirtan and a wonderful discourse (please note the actual date of Bahulashtami is Monday October 21st).

Radha Kunda is a reservoir of water located in Vrindavan, India, where Krishna and Srimati Radharani had Their pastimes. It is mentioned in The Nectar of Instruction (Sri Upadesamrta) 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!


Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Seminar: Krsna Yoga - Be fit to serve Krishna (Oct. 19-20)

We are excited to announce that HG Gaura Nataraj das will be visiting Toronto to conduct a seminar entiteled "Krsna Yoga - Be fit to serve Krishna". The seminar will take place on October 19th and 20th and is divided into to three parts:

1. Krsna Yoga Part 1 : Understanding discipline of yoga and structure of the self (pancha kosa) and creation.. mentioned in Bhagavad-Gita , Upadeshamrita, Srimad Bhagvatam  and Yoga Sutras

2. Krsna Yoga Part 2 : Practical application in terms Yukatahara , vihara etc and controlling Atyahara etc as in Gita and above mentioned scriptures

3. Krishna Yoga part 3 : Deeper aspects of meditation. Concentrated offenceless chanting  and maintaining mode of goodness throughout life aimed at systematically studying and inculcating Bhagavatam.


Gaura Nataraj Das is an Author, Master Yoga teacher, Astrologer, Marriage counselor, Yogic diet consultant and spiritually a Bhakti yoga practitioner. He has traveled all over India and the United States teaching yoga and counseling individuals and families using traditional sciences like Yoga and astrology.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Radhastami Celebrations - Friday, September 6th

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Friday, September 6th for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will
commence at 6:00pm, and will feature a special flower outfit darshan!

Radhastami is a special festival for New Remuna Dhama (ISKCON Toronto) as it marks the 47th installation anniversary of our beloved Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha deities. Their Lordships were installed in 1972 in a small Temple on Gerrard Street and have been the center of our community ever since.

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 and kitchen departments include:

Items for the Deities (additional items will be added):

  •  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
Kitchen Items:
  • Juciers
  • Food processors
  • Blenders
  • Potato peelers 
  • Strainers
  • Knifes 
  • Cutting boards
  • Peelers, 
  • Kitchen Cloths 
  • Oven gloves

A limited supply of gift baskets will be available to purchase at the Temple on September 6th; Gift certificates will also be available.