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, May 28, 2010

Dramatic Nrsimha Caturdasi Festivities!

3:23:00 PM By Vijay Teli , , , No comments

Nrsimha Caturdasi, was celebrated on Wednesday, May 26th at Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple. Nrsimha Caturdasi celebrates the appearance of Lord Nrsimhadeva, Lord Krishna’s half-man and half-lion incarnation. When King Hiranyakashipu tormented his youngest son Prahlada, a pure devotee of the Lord, Lord Krishna burst out of a palace column as Nrsimhadeva to protect His devotee.

This Is a very special festival as Lord Nrsimha has a special place in the heart of many spiritualists. Celebrations at the temple began with the 6pm arati, which was followed by an enlivening class by Vrindavan das. Following class the crowd was enthralled by a dramatic presentation on the story of the appearance of Lord Nrsimha. The drama concluded with an ear splitting roar as Lord Nrsimha vanquished Hiranyakashipu!

The next part of the program was the abhiseka of Lord Nrsimha as kirtan reverberated through the temple. As the traditional bathing ceremony took place, assembled devotees got the opportunity to fan the Deity of Lord Nrsimha. The kirtan continued past 8:00pm as the arati took place and a delectable feast awaited the devotees for the end of the evening.

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