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.

Friday, February 6, 2009

A Small Gathering Celebrates Lord Varahadeva!

10:40:00 PM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) , , , , , , , No comments

Fridays are always interesting. On Fridays, while many Torontonians lurch home from a tough week at work, looking forward to weekends filled with partying, sleeping and God knows what else, devotees have a special way of spiritualizing their weekends.

Case in point, on Friday, February 6th, a small group of devotees gathered at the Hare Krishna temple to celebrate the Appearance Day of Lord Varahadeva, the boar incarnation of Lord Krishna!

As described in the Srimad Bhagavatam. Lord Krishna assumed the form of a boar to lift the drowning planet Earth from the cosmic ocean with His tusks. A demonic personality had thrown the planet earth from its orbit into this ocean but the Lord came, as a boar, and saved the Earth.

Celebrations at the temple began with a nice gathering of devotees sitting in a small group and hearing of the pastimes of Lord Krishna's boar incarnation from HG Rupanuga das. With such a small, intimate group, the class finished with a very interactive question and answer period.

Following the class, devotees got a chance to make offerings to a Deity of Lord Varahadeva as they placed candles on a special altar, made to depict Lord Varahadeva rising from the cosmic ocean (complete with an "ocean" made of blue floral gel)!

The evening wrapped up with a joyous 8:00pm arati and tasty prasadam for all! The weekend is just getting warmed up as tomorrow (Febraury 7th) we celebrate the Appearance of Lord Nityananda! See you then!

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