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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Small ISKCON50 Celebrations - July 27, 2016

Throughout 2016, our international Hare Krishna movement has been celebrating our 50th anniversary.  While the teachings of our Hare Krishna culture have existed for thousands of years, the modern "Hare Krishna movement" was incorporated in 1966.  Grand celebrations have been taking place all around the world!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 marks the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON's incorporation, as calculated by the lunar calendar model.  We invite you to join us for small celebrations at our temple from 6:30pm onwards.

There will be readings, appreciations, sharing of realizations, prasadam, and hopefully more!  Please also see what is going on in ISKCON around the world - to commemorate this 50 year anniversary by visiting http://iskcon50.org/  

Interested in the ISKCON Disciples Course?

A few years ago, the leadership of our international Hare Krishna movement instituted the "ISKCON Disciples Course", which is a great overview about several important aspects in one's spiritual life within our Hare Krishna family. This foundational course covers important topics like:

  • The importance of accepting initiation in a disciplic succession
  • Srila Prabhupada's special position
  • How to select a spiritual master
  • Relationships in a multi-guru environment
  •  Parallel lines of authority and more

Laxmimoni Devi Dasi will be visiting Toronto for a few weeks this summer and there is a possibility of her facilitating the ISKCON Disciples Course over the next weekend (August 6-7th).

In order for the course to be conducted, there need to be a minimum number of registrations. If you are interested in attending the complete course (i.e. not missing any sessions), please click here to pre-register for the course (pre-registrations must be submitted before Sunday July 30th). Please also help share this message with any devotees you know may be interested.

Course Schedule
Friday August 5th  - 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Saturday August 6th - 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (with lunch break)
Sunday  August 7th 10:00 am to 5:00 pm (with lunch break)
Monday  August 8th 6:30pm- 8:30pm
Tuesday  August 9th 6:30pm- 8:30pm

Friday, July 22, 2016

Welcoming Gopal Krishna Goswami Back to Toronto!

From July 22-27, 2016, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will have the great opportunity to have the association of Gopal Krsna Goswami! As part of his annual visit to Canada, he will be enlivening all of us through the discourse this upcoming Sunday Feast and will also be conducting programs across the Greater Toronto Area.

Gopal Krishna Goswami, a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada, is presently GBC of many countries throughout the world including parts of Russia, America, Canada, Europe, Asia, Africa, and India and has many disciples world wide.

Gopal Krishna Goswami was living in Toronto when he first met with Srila Prabhupada in June 1968 and soon after, took formal initiation from him. He is actively spearheading and involved with many of ISKCON projects globally and we are very excited to be welcoming him for his annual visit to Toronto.

Monday, July 11, 2016

12 Hour Kirtan - Friday, July 15, 2016 - 10am to 10pm

Sing & Dance All Day Long  - 12 Hour Kirtan Coming on Friday, July 15, 2016!

It’s that exciting time of the year again and now is the time for you to book a day off work or take leave from school!  But do you know why?  It is because the 12 Hour Kirtan is back and will be happening on Friday, July 15, 2016 from 10:00am to 10:00pm!

We are proud to announce that Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will be welcoming a whole slew of amazing kirtan artists!  Headlining the 12-Hour Kirtan will be B.B. Govinda Swami and joining him will be Agnideva das, Amala Kirtan das, Akinchina Krsna das as well as many other kirtaneers from all around the world! 

There is no other better way to prepare for the 44th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) than singing and dancing the famous Hare Krsna mantra for 12 straight hours along with other devotees. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to join the 12-Hour Kirtan with us!  We are very delighted and anxiously looking forward to seeing you there.

Please stays tuned for the kirtan schedule and join your favourite kirtaneer singing the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra!






He's Coming! Ratha-Yatra: Festival of India - July 15-17, 2016


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 16th-17th, 2016 for our 44th Annual Ratha-Yatra here in Toronto.

Festivities will kick off on Friday, July 15th as we celebrate a 12-Hour Kirtan, featuring B.B. Govinda Swami, Agnideva das, Amala Kirtan das and more!  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 15th 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 (see below)! 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!!!


Saturday, July 9, 2016

Special Guests for Sunday Feast - July 10, 2016

On Sunday, July 10, 2016, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will be welcoming three very special devotees to our weekly Sunday Feast program: Dravida das, Subhag Swami, and Vaisesika das!  This Sunday will mark the final Sunday Feast before our biggest festival of the year, Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India)!

To help set the right mood, we will be having an extended program (the vegetarian feast served after 8:30pm) on that Sunday.  It promises to be a special evening and everyone is welcome!

Video: RY Launch Party @ Yonge-Dundas Square

On Sunday, June 26th, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple hosted a "Launch Party" for our annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) in the heart of the city at downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square.  Check out the video highlights below:



Thursday, July 7, 2016

Special "Ratha-Yatra" Mridanga Course - July 9-10, 2016

Due to an outstanding response from our previous mridanga course, the Toronto Hare Krishna temple is proud to announce another training course which will happen on July 9th and 10th.

This course will teach karatalas (hand cymbals) to beginner students of mridanga, and mridanga to intermediate and advanced students of mridanga.

As an exciting idea, students who attend this course will be able to play their respective instrument(s) during the Ratha-Yatra parade which will happen on the next weekend!

We are offering this training at a very minimal cost of $31. Don't miss out on this amazing opportunity!  Details in the poster image below.


Monday, July 4, 2016

Festival Report: Snana-Yatra Festivities

Swimming in Snana-Yatra Bliss!
Festival Report by: Smruthi Venkateshan
Festival Photos by: Monisha Pillai

On Sunday, July 3, 2016, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple continued it's countdown to the annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) by celebrating Jagannatha Snana-Yatra almost 14 days before the grand festival.

This celebration is an integral part of the Ratha-Yatra festival when their Lordships Sri Jagannatha, Sri Baladeva and and Srimati Subhadra are bathed.

After bathing in special waters filled with love and devotion, Lord Jagannatha enacts a pasttime by becoming "sick". His sickness confines him and he receives special care for the next two weeks until he comes out at the Ratha-Yatra.

At the Hare Krishna Temple, devotees congregated and started out the festivities by preforming an aarti ceremony amidst wonderful kirtan. Following the aarti ceremony, the bathing ceremony for their Lordships took place with an extravagant kirtan lead by Hari Bhakti Das Prabhu. The Deities were bathed in a rainbow of colors, with varieties of fruit juice, milk, honey, yogurt, and holy water. At the same time, the devotees were immersed in the kirtan and the mercy of the Lord.

The evening continued with tantalizing tunes from the kirtan and a wonderful aarti and kirtan. Everyone who attend left beaming as bright as the full moon after enjoying a delightful vegetarian feast. 

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Saturday, July 2, 2016

Snana-Yatra Festival this Sunday, July 3, 2016

A sure sign that the annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) is just around the corner (July 16-17, 2016) 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 16th, 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!