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, February 3, 2009

Three Days of Festivities this Weekend!

1:47:00 AM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) , , , , , , , 5 comments

When it rains, it pours! After our annual Srila Prabhupada Festival on January 1st, the calendar seemed to show that we'd have to wait a few weeks before reaching in our bag of "festival-goodies" to celebrate in grand "Toronto Hare Krishna" fashion!

Well the weeks have flown by and this upcoming weekend marks some very special festivals!

This Friday evening, February 6th (6:00pm to 8:30pm), the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the Appearance of the Boar Incarnation of Krishna (Lord Varahadeva). As described in the Srimad Bhagavatam, Lord Krishna once assumed the form of a splendid, gigantic boar (Varaha), dove to the bottom of the universal ocean, picked up Earth who had fallen from her orbit as a result of demonic persons, and gently carried her on His tusks to the water’s surface (learn more). Festivities will include a enthralling glimpse into this wonderful pastime of Krishna!

On Saturday morning, February 7th (4:30am to 8:30am), the Pandava Sena is inviting one and all (particularly youth) to attend the temple's daily morning program which begins at 4:30am! (more information)

On Saturday evening (6:00pm to 9:00pm), a very special festival will be taking place as we celebrate Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day! Lord Nityananda is considered identical with Balarama, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. He is regarded as being like the elder brother of Lord Chaitanya and always served Him in any way (learn more). With HH Bhaktimarga Swami in attendance, festivities will be highlighted with a "dramatic" display of Lord Nityananda's pastimes and qualities! It will surely be a festival not to be missed!

Of course, on Sunday February 8th (6:00pm to 8:30pm), we will host our weekly Sunday Feast program with the usual wonderful kirtan, the amazing vegetarian feast (prasadam) and an enlightening class!

So come spend your weekend with Toronto's Hare Krishna temple and we promise you will start next week on a spiritually heightened note!

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

Will there be prasadam after 8:30 on saturday? *_* :P

Keshav said...

Yes! :o)

Anonymous said...

Yayy prasadam!!!

Anonymous said...

How will the parking be arranged for Saturday? (my first time visiting)

Keshav said...

The fact that our temple is located right downtown is always a great thing for accessibility. That being said, like most places downtown, parking can be difficult.

After 6:00pm, parking is free all along Roxborough (the street the temple is on). There is also street parking available on Dupont Ave and Pears Ave. There is also meter parking all along Avenue Road.

The temple is currently looking into options to help reduce the parking burden for visitors. We hope to see you on Saturday! Hare Krishna!

You can view a map of the temple by clicking here: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=243+avenue+road,+toronto&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=43.848534,92.8125&ie=UTF8&ll=43.677254,-79.396702&spn=0.004912,0.01133&z=17&iwloc=addr