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 20, 2019

Sweet Rice Festival - Sunday May 26, 2019


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 26, 2019 at 4:30pm, we are celebrating our annual festival called the "Sweet Rice Festival". We will be honouring Madhavendra Puri on this day along with relishing the wonderful story of Ksira-Chora Gopinatha! 

On this occasion, our Deities are offered special sweet rice in hand painted pots, painted by members of our community. Devotees will be able to purchase these prasadam pots to take home. 


Monday, May 13, 2019

Nrsimha Caturdasi Friday, May 17th, 2019


Nrsimha Caturdasi is the celebration of Krishna’s half-man half-lion incarnation (Lord Nrsimhadev) who appeared on this day to protect the innocent child Prahlada from the atrocities of his father, Hiranyakashipu.

This year, Nrsimha Caturdasi falls on Friday, May 17th. The Festival will begin at 6:00pm and will feature a grand abhisheka (bathing ceremony), an special discourse on the appearance and qualities of Lord Nrsimhadev by guest speaker HG Chaitanya Charan das and amazing kirtan!

The schedule for the program is as follows (subject to change):
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati
6:30pm to 6:40pm - Welcome and Announcements
6:40pm to 7:25pm - Discourse on Lord Nrsimhadeva by HG Chaitanya Charan das
7:25pm to 8:00pm - Special Abhiskeka (bathing ceremony)
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Arati
8:30pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

Leading up to the festival to set the mood there will be daily morning conference calls to dive deep into the pastimes of Lord Nrsimhadeva and His dear devotee Prahlad Maharaj. We will be reading from the Srimad Bhagavatam Canto Seven. Join us each morning at 5:45AM on Conference # 1-866-259-3126 pin 12349.



Sunday, April 21, 2019

RATHA-YATRA LAUNCH DAY - SUNDAY, APRIL 28, 2019

With warmer weather finally arriving, the excitement surrounding the 47th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) is growing as each day passes!

Sunday, April 28, 2019 will mark the official launch of the countdown to this year's festival! The program will begin at 4:30pm and will continue to 6:30pm.

A special feature of the festival will be the chance for all devotees to observe a special fire yajna wherein auspicious mantras are recited and grains are offered into fire!

The 47th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) will be taking place on July 13th and 14th 2019. There are many ways you can participate, stay tuned for more information. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Rama Navami: Saturday, April 13th

On Saturday, April 13th, we will be celebrating Rama Navami, the appearance of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is an incarnation of Krishna who appeared in Ayodhya during the Treta Yuga as the son of King Dasaratha. During Lord Rama’s reign, all the citizens were happy, religious and their necessities of life were provided. He was a virtuous, charitable and dutiful King. He is particularly known for his victorious battle with the ten-headed demon Ravana, the evil King of Lanka thereby freeing his wife Sita from the demon’s captivity. Through his life, he exemplified heroism, morality and good governance. 

For the festivities, we will be having a special discourse, and an arati ceremony for Lord Rama. Come join us next Saturday for a very special program starting at 6:00pm!

Schedule (subject to change):

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan

6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements

6:35pm - 7:40pm: Special Class

7:40pm - 8:00pm: Arati for Lord Rama

8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan

8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast


Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Gaura Purnima 2019 Deity Darshan


As always our beloved Deities are beautifully dressed each day,  and festivals like our recent Gaura Purnima celebration are extra special. Pictures from our Pujari Department can be found HERE and from a Photo-shoot by Gaurav Agarwal can be found HERE. Enjoy the feast for the eyes!

'Watering the Seed' Seminar

ISKCON Toronto's Sankirtan Team (TST) is offering a unique Training Seminar, titled 'Watering the Seed' on how to make YOUR follow up easier and effective!
👉 You may be an expert at personal follow ups OR you may be completely new to this concept - this seminar is for YOU!
👉 The seminar is open to ALL departments in the temple, and will provide everyone with the essential tools and strategies on how to effectively connect and stay in touch with those fortunate souls ready to take their first step towards Krishna. 
👉 The training will touch on the following topics, to name a few: 
  • The ‘Noble Necessary Need’
  • Breaking the myths of follow ups
  • Follow up guidelines and tips
  • Planting the seed, watering the seed
  • Overview of various temple programs to plug new comers into
  • and lot more!

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Date: Sunday, April 21st 2019
Time: 3:00 to 4:00 pm
Venue: Green Room @ ISKCON Toronto
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Please RSVP so we can serve you better.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

GAURA PURNIMA - MARCH 20TH, 2019

Join us at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple on Wednesday March 20th, as we celebrate one of the biggest festivals of the year, Gaura Purnima, the appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu! 

Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. He appeared in the city of Navadvipa in Bengal in 1486. Throughout His life he practically demonstrated how to follow the teachings of Lord Krishna with love and devotion in the simplest way. He inaugurated the Golden Age amidst the age of Kali and established the chanting of the Holy Names of Krishna (Sankirtan) as the Yuga Dharma. He generously distributed His teachings to all the fallen people without any discrimination and rekindled their love for God. In this way, He personally exemplified how to be a pure devotee of Lord Krishna.

We will be celebrating the auspicious appearance of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu in the evening at 6pm at the temple. The program will include a special Abhishek, beautiful Darshan, a wonderful presentation, sumptuous vegetarian feast, and much more! 

Schedule (Subject to change) :

6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:35pm - 7:10pm: Class
7:15pm - 8:00pm: Abhishek (Bathing Ceremony)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati and Kirtan
8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast

Monday, February 11, 2019

Nityananda Trayodasi - Sunday, February 17th, 2019

On Sunday, February 17th, 2019 we will be celebrating Nityananda Trayodasi, the auspicious appearance day of Nityananda Prabhu. The name Nityananda means eternal happiness. Nityananda Prabhu appeared in the 15th century as the principle associate of Lord Caitanya, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Together they helped spread the chanting of the holy names of the Lord far and wide. Nityananda Prabhu is considered to be the most merciful incarnation of the Lord. 
He was extremely compassionate and often delivered even the most materially conditioned souls. He is always so absorbed in love and devotion. 

Come join us as we glorify and seek the blessings of the merciful Nityananda Prabhu. Festivities will begin at the temple on Sunday, February 17th, 2019 from 4pm - 7pm and will include a special darshan, a discourse about Nityananda Prabhu, a beautiful bhajan, and a vegetarian feast.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Your Perfect Balance with HG Sankarshan Das Adhikari Prabhu and HG Vishnupriya devi dasi

YOUR PERFECT BALANCE

The Centre of Gravity of an object is defined as that spot where the entire object acts, if you balance at that spot, the objects stays balanced. The idea is that if we balance on our own true centres, we will be balanced also, in all respects.

Most of us feel out-of-balance in one way or another. If we focus on our job, our family could get neglected. Focusing on the children could mean neglecting the spouse. If we focus on our family, our community could get neglected. If we focus on service to humanity, we could end up neglecting our own health. A strong focus on our own health might end up making us callous to others. Even if just focusing on ourselves, focusing on the physical could end up neglecting the emotional and mental aspects... It seems hopeless! Is there a solution? What is the solution? How to find and focus on our true centre? HELP!

Enter 2 souls who have mastered the essence of balance.

Join us in a series of events in the Greater Toronto Area, where we will learn from two advanced specialists of balance... His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari, and Her Grace Vishnupriya Devi Dasi have been focused on finding and focusing on our true Centre for over 5 decades each.

They travel around the world, visiting more than 40 destinations each year, tirelessly speaking, writing, guiding, and practically helping souls all over the world in being fully and practically centred.

Come hear from them! Ask them your questions! Get clear, concise, and practically applicable answers!

  • Jan 9-11 4:30 AM - 9:30 AM Meditation & Bhagavatam in North York (contact for details)
  • Jan 9 - 11 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM Diving into the Gita in North York (contact for details)
  • Jan 12 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM Perfecting Balance - ISKCON Scarborough (3500 McNicoll Ave Unit 3Toronto, Ontario M1V 4C7, Canada)
  • Jan 12 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM Perfecting Relationships, leveraging conflict to grow closer - ISKCON Brampton (173 Advance Boulevard, Unit#41 Brampton, ON, L6T 4J4)
  • Jan 13 12 Noon - 1 PM Knowing our Common Objective - ISKCON Brampton (173 Advance Boulevard, Unit#41 Brampton, ON, L6T 4J4)
  • Jan 13 5:00 PM - 6:00 PM - Krishna, our True Center - ISKCON Toronto (243 Avenue Rd, Toronto, Ontario M5R 2J6, Canada)

Sankarshan Das Adhikari: Initiated by Srila A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971, Sankarshan Prabhu has been tirelessly working in Srila Prabhupada's movement for nearly 50 years. He serves as an initiating spiritual master, or Diksha Guru, within ISKCON, with disciples all over the world with an unceasing travel schedule that covers more than 50 destinations each year. He is well known for the Ultimate Self Realization Course, which has over 31,000 subscribers from over 100 countries, featuring a daily thought for the day, video for the day, Q&A based on Srila Prabhupada's instructions, a weekly Bhagavad Gita lesson, thousands of online lectures and a lively online community of students. To join, please head to www.joincourse.com.

Vishnupriya Devi Dasi: Having led a very pious life right from her childhood, she was initiated by Tamal Krishna Goswami in the seventies shortly after Srila Prabhupada's departure. She has been serving ISKCON tirelessly for over 40 years now. She travels with Sankarshan Prabhu assisting him and intently serves self-manifested deities of Sri Sri Radha Damodar in each place in a true spirit of "yukta vairagya". She helps devotees around the world practically apply the principles of Krishna consciousness in their lives in an endearing and honest manner. She is referred to affectionately as "Gurumataji" by many around the world. She is well known for her Bhagavad Gita readings and concise answers even to difficult questions.

Both Sankarshan Prabhu & Vishnupriya Mataji, at the time of their wedding, decided not to enter into family life, but instead, help push forward Srila Prabhupada's movement as Grihasthas, and later Vanaprasthas. Despite their advanced age, they dedicate over 18 hours of their day in service of Srila Prabhupada and Krishna. Please make the best of their personal presence in the Greater Toronto Area.

Sunday, December 30, 2018

SRILA PRABHUPADA FESTIVAL - JAN 1, 2019

On New Year's Day, Tuesday, January 1st, 2019, Toronto's Hare Krishna temple will be hosting our annual Srila Prabhupada Festival!  Promising to be a great way to start the new year, the festival is usually one of the biggest of the year.

The festival will feature plenty of kirtan, wonderful classes, a dramatic presentation by Bhaktimarga Swami and a sumptuous feast to help ring in the new year!  You won’t want to miss it!  There will be no better way to usher in the new year on an auspicious note!

Festival Schedule (Subject to Change):

4:00pm to 4:15pm - Kirtan (Arati)
4:15pm to 4:30pm - Tulasi Arati
4:30pm to 4:50pm - Guru Puja
4:50pm to 5:00pm - Welcome and Announcements
5:00pm to 5:20pm - Special Updates and Presentations
5:20pm to 6:00pm - Dramatic presentation by Bhaktimarga Swami
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)