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, April 2, 2020

Virtual Rama Navami Celebrations Tonight



Today (April 2nd) is Rama Navami, the appearance of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is an incarnation of Krishna who appeared in Ayodhya (in current day Uttar Pradesh, India) as the son of King Dasaratha. During Lord Rama’s reign, all the citizens were happy, religious and their necessities of life were provided for. 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.

Due to COVID19 precautions the Temple remains closed to the public (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION), as such we will be hosting special virtual celebrations.

Celebrations will conclude tonight when HH Bhaktimarga Swami will give a special Class from 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST. This live class will be broadcast on our Facebook Page "ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre".


To set the mood for this festival from March 30th to April 1st. We hosted dramatic readings from  "RAMAYANA, INDIA'S IMMORTAL TALE OF ADVENTURE, LOVE, AND WISDOM". These readings were facilitated by HH Bhaktimarga Swami and broadcast on our Facebook Page "ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre". Recordings are available here: http://iskcontoronto.blogspot.com/2020/03/rama-navami-online-reaadings.html

Additionally our Krishna Funschool has conducted some virtual activities for children, more information can be found here: http://iskcontoronto.blogspot.com/2020/03/rama-navami-entries-childrens-creations.html



Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Rama Navami Online Readings

Rama Navami Celebrations were kicked of with a three part dramatic reading series from "RAMAYANA, INDIA'S IMMORTAL TALE OF ADVENTURE, LOVE, AND WISDOM" (Retold by Krishna Dharma das). These readings took place fro  March 30th to April 1st and were facilitated by HH Bhaktimarga Swami. We broadcast these readings live  on our Facebook Page (ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre), links to the recordings are available below:



Video Recordings:
"The Trial of Strength"
https://www.facebook.com/174452304502/videos/2814011278713379/
"With The Sage Vishvamitra".
https://www.facebook.com/174452304502/videos/1389738501235435/
"The Birth of Lord Rama" 
https://www.facebook.com/174452304502/videos/684157395659832/

Celebrations will conclude on Thursday, April 2nd. HH Bhaktimarga Swami will give a special Class from 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST. This Live class will be broadcast on our Facebook Page "ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre".



Monday, March 30, 2020

Rama Navami Entries: Children's Creations and Online Sessions

As Rama Navami approaches this Thursday, the students at Krishna Funskool are engaging in interactive activities daily! They are currently learning the Nama Ramayana, a prayer composed of 108 names of Lord Rama that describes His various qualities and pastimes from the Ramayana. 

The classes began last Friday, March 27 and will be completed on the occasion of the birth anniversary of Lord Rama on April 2, 2020. As you can see below, these are going on in full swing with over 30 participants daily! These sessions are facilitated via beautiful visuals and translation of these prayers by our beloved teachers. 

Also see below submissions sent in by our very talented children. A gentle reminder, if you would like to send your child's work, please continue to send pictures everyday by 9pm. And watch this space for daily updates!

Working on the Ramayana theme will help your child understand the pastimes of Lord Rama better and spend more time in being spiritually connected. Click here for resources and guidelines.  

Contributions to date:


1. Sita-Rama by Lakshmipriya Meda (10 yrs)- Mar 30


2. Rama breaking Siva's bow by Chinmay Sivakumar (10 yrs)- Mar 30


3. Rama breaking Siva's bow by Avyukta Sri Ganesh (11 yrs)- Mar 31

4. Video: Sweet and Savoury recipes for Rama Navami. Click here to watch the young chef, Avyukta Sri Ganesh (11yrs)- Apr 1.
Please note that this video is hosted on an external site and we have no control over the related videos


5. Sita-Rama in the forest by Saanvi Vanam (8yrs)- Apr 1


6. Lord Rama crossing Rama-setu by Shivansh (6yrs)- Apr 1


7. Lord Rama blessing his devotees by Shreyasi Patel (Gopika) (5yrs)- Apr 2


8. Hanuman fetching sanjeevani herb by Avyukta Sri Ganesh (11yrs)- Apr 2


9. Lord Rama with his bow and arrow by Chinmay Sivakumar (10yrs)- Apr 2

Friday, March 27, 2020

Virtual Rama Navami Celebrations March 30th - April 2nd

Thursday April 2nd is Rama Navami, the appearance of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is an incarnation of Krishna who appeared in Ayodhya (in current day Uttar Pradesh, India) as the son of King Dasaratha. During Lord Rama’s reign, all the citizens were happy, religious and their necessities of life were provided for. 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.

Due to COVID19 precautions the Temple remains closed to the public (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION), as such we will be hosting special virtual celebrations.

Celebrations will begin on Monday March 30th and continue through Thursday April 2nd. Monday through Wednesday we will be hosting dramatic readings from  "RAMAYANA, INDIA'S IMMORTAL TALE OF ADVENTURE, LOVE, AND WISDOM". These readings will be facilitated by HH Bhaktimarga Swami from 7:00pm - 7:20pm EST. These live readings will be broadcast on our Facebook Page "ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre".

Celebrations will conclude on Thursday when HH Bhaktimarga Swami will give a special Class from 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST. This live class will be broadcast on our Facebook Page "ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre".

In addition to these festivities, our Krishna Funschool is hosting some virtual Rama Navami themed activities for children. More information can be found HERE.



Children's Rama Navami Activities

Next Thursday,April 2nd is the auspicious occasion of Rama Navami. This day is generally marked with many festivities at the temple and this year- is going to be no different! We have a bunch of activities lined up for online participation! More on this soon - stay tuned!

Our Krishna Funskool, the weekly Sunday school, has also contributed in various ways to this celebration- presenting a tableau, performing bhajans, and more. To facilitate the children's engagement and learning this year, we are happy to announce a couple of things:

Virtual classes have been organized starting March 27th where a prayer known as the Nama Ramayana (the 108 Names of Lord Rama) will be taught to children. For details, please contact kids@torontokrishna.com

Additionally, we would like to encourage children to complete some age and/or ability appropriate activity on a daily basis, some of which will be selected to be posted on this website and other social media pages! Parents can send a picture of their child's work everyday by 9:00pm to kids@torontokrishna.com.

The theme for the week of March 30th to April 5th is, of course, Ramayana.
Suggestions include:
              1.       Colouring
2.       Drawing
3.       Creating dioramas using modeling clay and recyclables
4.       Creating Ramayana themed crafts, for eg: make and decorate your own bow and arrow
5.       Audio recording bhajans and Sanskrit verses from the Ramayana or Srimad Bhagavatam. 
6.       Sharing recipes that they have prepared for offering to the Lord
7.       Writing poems
8.       Writing small biographies on the personalities from the Ramayana describing their roles, relationship and relevant pastimes related to Lord Rama

Resources are to be found here: Ramayana colouring pages (Google), iskcondesiretree.comkksongs.org, Krishna.com, etc.

Please inspire your children to participate in this endeavor so we can stay connected on a regular basis with these fun activities.

Sita Rama Portrait by Lakshmipriya Meda, age 10.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Online Classes During Closure

During this period where the Temple remains closed to the public (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION:http://iskcontoronto.blogspot.com/2020/03/temple-closure-notice.htmlwe will be hosting special online live classes. These will be broadcast on our Facebook page during our normal Sunday Feast time (5:00pm-6:00pm). 

This week's (March 29, 2020) live class will be given by HG Mahabhagvat das on the topic "Finding the Calm Amidst the Storm".

Last Sunday's class with HG Rupanuga das is available here:
https://www.facebook.com/174452304502/videos/220361962661675/
HH Bhaktimarga Swami's class (March 15, 2020) is available here: 

Friday, March 20, 2020

Temple Closure Notice


In response to the pandemic status of the COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus), the Temple management of ISKCON TORONTO has already put safety measures in place to reduce the risks and impact on our community and our campuses. These measures are in compliance with the recommendations from Health Canada.

The single highest priority of ISKCON TORONTO will always be the health and safety of our community. Updated recommendations by public health officials state that ‘social distancing’ is the most effective means of protecting visitors, residents and community members from infection.

The following measures are in effect at ISKCON TORONTO following this announcement:

THE TEMPLE WILL REMAIN CLOSED TO ALL VISITORS STARTING SATURDAY MARCH 21ST, 2020 UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE.
There will be no access into the temple; the main doors will remain closed to all guests.

All services at the Temple will be managed by its residents. Deity service and offerings will be managed by our pujaris and residents without any disruption. The kitchen will remain open only for Deity offerings.

Please review the health advisory link from Health Canada for some useful information: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Temple Council, Board & GBC
ISKCON TORONTO

Monday, March 16, 2020

Recording: Special Live Class



As Sunday's program was cancelled (click HERE for more information) we hosted a special online live class with HH Bhaktimarga Swami on our Facebook Page. The video is available here:
https://www.facebook.com/174452304502/videos/256603548684299/
Please Like Our Facebook Page for more live content.

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Public Programs Suspended (COVID -19 PRECAUTIONS)


In response to the pandemic status of the COVID-19 (also known as Coronavirus), the management of ISKCON TORONTO has already put safety measures in place to reduce the risks and impact on our community and our campuses. These measures are in compliance with the recommendations from Health Canada.

The single highest priority of ISKCON TORONTO will always be the health and safety of its community.

Updated recommendations by public health officials state that ‘social distancing’ is the most effective means of protecting visitors, residents and community members from infection. The Temple management is moving forward with this recommendation.

The following measures are in effect at ISKCON TORONTO following this announcement:

1.    All community programs will be discontinued temporarily until further notice namely: The Sunday Feast program, Tuesday Sangha, Evening of Bhakti, KCS, Festivals, all children’s programs and the Govinda's Restaurant will remain closed.


2.    No prasadam distribution will occur within the temple premises either within the temple hall, Govinda's dining hall or the community spaces in the basement.

3.    No accommodation will be available for overnight stay at the ashram. Non- residents should refrain from entering the ashram spaces (unless performing specific deity service).

4.    The Temple will remain open for darshan during the regularly scheduled times ONLY (click HERE for schedule; please note there will be no extended darshan timings on Sunday).

5.    Unauthorized kitchen access is restricted.


Deity service will continue as always and will be managed by our pujari department without any disruption. Kitchen will remain open only for Deity offerings.

Also note:

For the safety of others, if anyone in your household is feeling sick we strongly urge all members of that household to avoid visiting the Temple for at least 2 weeks until after the last patient has completely recovered.

For those who have recently returned from international travel or have come in contact with such, please refrain from coming to the Temple.

Please review the health advisory link from Health Canada and some useful information: (https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html)

The Temple will provide ongoing updates on our website and via our social media feeds. 

Temple security will be monitored via the multiple security cameras that were recently installed in addition to security guards during this phase.

These unprecedented measures will be disruptive. We trust, however, that all members of our community will understand that they are necessary and being implemented for the benefit of all. 

 

Temple Council, Board & GBC

Sunday, March 8, 2020

GAURA PURNIMA CELEBRATIONS - MARCH 8th and 9th, 2020

You're invited to one of the biggest in-house parties of the year! Gaura Purnima, which is the appearance day of Lord Chaitanya, will be celebrated as a two-day festival this year! The event falls on Monday the 9th of March that will , however we will also have pre-celebrations on Sunday the 8th. The schedule for the two days is below (subject to change).

Lord Krishna appeared over 5000 years ago to share the timeless wisdom of the Bhagavad Gita. He reappeared in the form of Lord Chaitanya over 500 years ago to show us how to use those principles in the Modern day for leading a happy and peaceful life in service. He introduced meditation on the mantra that has been popularized since: Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

Lord Chaitanya predicted that this chanting of the holy names of Krishna would spread all over the world. As such it is fitting that His appearance is being observed across the globe. 

Fasting will be observed on Monday March 9th until moon-rise which is around 7:21pm.

8th March Sunday Feast: 
3:30 - 4:30 pm - Bhajans and Kirtan
4:30 - 6:00 pm - Sunday Feast Class
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Aarti/Kirtan
6:30 - 7:00 pm - Prasadam (Free Feast)
7:15 - 7:30 pm - Brahma Samitha recitation
7:30 - 8:00 pm - Reading of glories of Lord Chaitanya
8:00 - 8:30 pm - Aarti/Kirtan

9th March Monday Festival Program:
6:00 - 6:30 pm - Aarti/Kirtan
6:35 - 7:15 pm - Special Class
7:15 - 8:00 pm - Abhishek (bathing ceremony of Gaura-Nitai Deities) accompanied by Bhajans
8:00 - 8:30 pm - Aarti/Kirtan
8:30 pm - Prasadam (Free Feast)