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.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Ratha-Yatra Festival is Coming! July 14-15, 2018

Srila Prabhupada’s mercy continues to bless and nourish our international movement in a myriad of ways, and the global Ratha-Yatras are indeed a prime example of but one such benediction. Srila Prabhupada’s grace has transformed the once-rare opportunity to pull the ropes of the beautiful chariots of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva, and Lady Subhadra into an international phenomenon for devotees the world over.

We in Toronto’s Hare Krishna community are exceedingly fortunate to have had the opportunity to present this Ratha-Yatra festival for the past four decades where thousands enjoy the festival amidst the association of great Vaisnavas and ecstatic kirtans.

We would like to humbly invite everyone to join us this year, on July 14th-15th, 2018 for our 46th Annual Ratha-Yatra here in Toronto.

Festivities will kick off on Friday, July 13th as we celebrate the Festival of the Golden Moon, a 12-Hour Kirtan, featuring many kirtaneers from around the world! We will be blowing the roof off New Remuna Dhama (ISKCON Toronto) with this 12-hour kirtan marathon. Once again, the special event is planned for Friday, July 13th from 10:00am to 10:00pm. This kirtan event is not to be missed!

Of course, this precedes the big weekend! Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra has the unique distinction of being accredited by Madhuha das, the organizer of the traveling Festival of India tour, as being the largest Ratha-Yatra in North America with close to 40,000 people in attendance and a veritable plethora of Srila Prabhupada’s books sold each year!

Some of the unique features of Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra include:

A Parade Right Through Downtown Toronto
A “Bhajan Kutir” with Non-Stop Kirtan
“Yoga Meltdown” – A Mini Yoga Festival
Live Cooking Demonstrations
Internationally-Acclaimed Arts & Entertainment and much more!

Most significantly, Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra presents a unique and wonderful outreach opportunity. Thousands of Torontonians observe the parade as it proceeds down Yonge Street and dance with us when the kirtan reaches its climax in the famous “Toronto Tunnel”.

Immediately following the parade, festival-goers enjoy a kirtan-filled ferry ride over to Centre Island, where celebrations continue for the rest of the weekend. While on Centre Island devotees will be able to enjoy the association of a number of distinguished personalities! The Centre Island festival-pavilion will also host a children’s area featuring fun and wholesome, Vedic-themed activities and events. All in all, Toronto's Ratha-Yatra will offer everyone a chance to experience a unique festival promoting simple-living and high-thinking, with kirtan on the streets, underground, and on the water!

We hope to see you at the big event! Hare Krishna!!!



Sunday, July 8, 2018

Festival of the Golden Moon - 12 Hour Kirtan!

The much-awaited annual pre-Ratha-Yatra 12-Hour Kirtan is just a few weeks away. Featuring kirtan leaders from around the world, this is certainly a day not to be missed! Being held on Friday, July 13th from 10am to 10pm at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple at 243 Avenue Road, it promises to be the best 12 hours of your life!

Book the day off work or school as this is your opportunity to immerse yourselves in 12 amazing hours of the transcendental vibrations of the Maha Mantra accompanied by singing, dancing, drumming and clapping.

World renowned kirtanyas will be descending on Toronto from around the world, including Madhava Prabhu from Switzerland and Amala Kirtan Dasa from Brazil and many more! Make sure you come early as your favourite kirtanya might be chanting earlier than you expect!

Don’t forget to invite and bring your family and friends on Friday July 13th, 2018. We look forward to seeing you there!




Friday, June 29, 2018

Gundica Clean Up - June 30, 2018

Please join us on Saturday, June 30th for a very special clean up!

As you may already know, on July 14th we will be holding our 46th annual Festival of India (Ratha Yatra) and every year we clean the temple two weeks in advance. This is following the example set by Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who held the first Gundica Clean Up some 500 years ago. This year we will be cleaning the temple on Snana Yatra, which is the day their Lordships Sri Jagannatha, Sri Baladeva and Sri Subhadra are bathed. After this bathing ceremony, all three fall ill and go into seclusion in order to get better. After two weeks, They will re-emerge for Ratha-Yatra. It is important that the temple is clean for when Lord Jagannatha makes His appearance after recuperating from being ill for two weeks.

So please join us for this amazing service. We promise it's going to be a fun day!

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday, June 30th, 2018
Time: 3:00 PM - 6:00PM
What to wear: Clothes that you are willing to get a little dirty.
What to bring: Just yourself! We'll provide everything else you'll need.

Snana-Yatra Festival - July 1, 2018

A sure sign that the annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) is just around the corner (July 13-15, 2018) is the annual Jagannatha Snana-Yatra festival!

Snana-Yatra is a wonderful festival, wherein Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra will be bathed amidst amazing kirtan and chanting!

After the bathing ceremony (Snana-Yatra), Lord Jagannātha becomes "sick". He is therefore removed to His private quarters, where no one can see Him.

During the Ratha-Yatra Festival on July 14th, Lord Jagannātha will once again come before the public. Thus for thirteen days after the bathing ceremony, Lord Jagannātha is not visible to any visitors! Don't miss out this last opportunity to see Lord Jagannatha before his grand Ratha-Yatra festival!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hare Krishna Couples' Retreat!

We would like to warmly invite all the associating, engaged, and married couples to the Hare Krishna Couples' Retreat which will be happening from 28 September - 30 September, 2018, just an hour outside of Toronto. The retreat is put on by the Grihastha Vision Team (GVT) for the first time in Canada!

The facilitators - Uttama and Partha prabhus, Krsnanandini and Tariq prabhus (http://vaisnavafamilyresources.org/grihastha-vision-team-members/) are highly expertise in strengthening, educating and enlivening family relationships.

Throughout the retreat you can learn how to better communicate, 'spiritualize' your relationship while balancing material demands, and get an escape from the city!

Address:
Simcoe County Rd 50,
Adjala-Tosorontio, ON L0N 1P0
(an hour away from Toronto)

Registration:
To sign up for this wonderful retreat please click here.

Fees:
$280 per couple if registered before July 30th
$320 per couple if registered after
registration deadline: August 31st
fee includes: accommodation, prasadam, classes
*overnight accommodation available
Fees can be paid by using the following options:

1.) Donate button on the sidebar. Please include "Couple Retreat" in the memo.  

2.) EMT transfer at donate@torontokrishna.com. Please use the password "couples2018" to ensure your payment is accepted. 


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Holy Name Seminar with Mother Devaki

Please join us for a spiritual charged weekend deepening our understanding of chanting and the Holy Name from June 16 - 17, 2018. This Holy Name Seminar will be facilitated by Mother Devaki, who will be visiting us for the second time. Some highlights from the seminar include:





  • Deepening your relationship with the Holy Name.
  • Hear about the glories of the Holy Name in the association of like-minded devotees and practically apply what you have heard in kirtan and japa.
  • Experience a different reality - associate with Krishna in person, through His Holy Name.
The Schedule is as follows:

June 16, 2018: 10am - 5pm (with lunch break) Kirtan 5pm onwards
June 17, 2018: 10am - 5pm (with lunch break)

To register for this seminar or if you have any further questions, please email education@torontokrishna.com.

Saturday, May 26, 2018

Materially Successful Spiritually Strong - Q&A May 27, 2018

Raseshvara Madhava Prabhu will be sharing his thirteen years of experience and leading an interactive Q&A on Sunday, May 27, 2018 at 2pm on a variety of topics on balancing work, school, family and spiritual life. Event will be geared towards university, post grad and young working professionals. A great opportunity to come forward with all your burning questions and have a practical discussion that hopes to motivate and inspire.

Event will be a Facebook Live Event on ISKCON Toronto Facebook page. Those locally can attend in person at ISKCON Toronto. 

Please send questions prior to the session to Garg.aditya91@gmail.com



Thursday, May 24, 2018

UPDATED: Bhakti Vriksa Training Course - June 2nd, 2018

We are very pleased to share that HG Caitanya Avatar Prabhu will be facilitating a Bhakti Vrksa Training Program in Toronto on June 2nd, 2018.

This very special 2 day intensive Bhakti-vriksa leader training course is for all devotees engaged or interested in the service of organizing Bhakti Vriksa Programs (spiritual gatherings), showcasing how to implement new programs in devotees' homes, and how to follow up and cultivate and much more with the perspective of creating leaders.

The Schedule for the Workshop *UPDATED* is as follows:

June 2nd: 10 am to 5pm

Please register by filling up this form.



Information about our Teacher, Caitanya Avatar Prabhu:

HG Caitanya Avartar prabhu joins ISKCON with experiences on many years of core-preaching and adminstration. He had joined ISKCON movement for more than 20 years. Prabhu is a founding members of the Preaching Team in the Middle East.

Under the guidance of his spiritual teacher, (HH Jayapataka Swami), with great enthusiasm he began working in the core-preaching service. As we know, that Team was a great success which producing a huge devotee community, and always in continuing the developing and the growing of the Organization. This module of preaching structure in other parts of the world has also been successfully copied and are successfully expanding.

Over the last 15 years, Chaitanya Avatar prabhu and his wife (Rasamayi mataji) actively fostering missionary leaders around the world. In this work, prabhu has been pioneering in using the modern technologies.

His innovative use of Network links to the devotional service for the Servant-leaders, directing the pioneering personal self-help guide, and link in contacting Krishna devotees all over the world reaching to all the different time zones, maintaining the cares and providing advice and guidance to the devotees.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Vedic Roots Montessori Academy - Summer Camp Enrolment Begins!

Born in 2015, Vedic Roots Montessori Academy (VRMA) has grown into a fully-licensed preschool that integrates the world-recognized Montessori Curriculum with the timeless wisdom of Vedic Culture.

In 2018, VRMA has moved into its first fully licensed location in Scarborough, with a capacity to serve 32 children (ages 18m - 6 years). Enrollment is steadily increasing! VRMA aspires to eventually open multiple locations across the GTA, as well as explore expanding into grade school.

This summer, VRMA is hosting an exciting 7 weeks of SUMMER CAMPS: Jul 3 - Aug 17!
  • Open for all ages up to 12 years
  • Weekly themes include Sanskrit Slokas, Yoga, Gita, Cooking, Vedic Arts & Music and more
  • Early-bird, Sibling and Bulk discounts available!
REGISTER TODAY - limited spots left!

www.vedicroots.ca/summer-camps
info@vedicroots.ca

416-916-7005

**REGISTRATION CLOSED** Deity Worship Seminar - June 24, 2018

As devotees of Krishna, have you aspired to transform your home into a small temple for God? Have you ever desired to perform personal service to Deities? Are you not sure how to do so authentically? The Hare Krishna Temple is organizing an all-day seminar on Deity Worship with Bhakti Yoga Dasa.

This seminar will cover various topics, including how to:
  • pronounce mantras properly
  • perform achaman (water purification)
  • prepare bhoga (food) offerings
  • use paraphernalia for worship
  • apply tilak (sacred markings on the body)
  • performing arati


Seminar Details:

Date: June 24, 2018
Time: 11:00 am till 4:00 pm (lunch included)
Location: 243 Avenue Road - Govinda's 
Speaker: Bhakti Yoga Dasa

Our sacred texts reveal that God has an authorized representation in the Deity form, which is called arcā-vigraha. This arcā-vigraha is an incarnation of the Supreme Lord. Lord Krishna will accept service through that form. The Lord is omnipotent, all-powerful; therefore, by His incarnation as arcā-vigraha, He can accept the services of the devotee. Click Here to Register for the Seminar!