Our beautiful and beloved Deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha,
have been the heart and soul of our Hare Krishna Centre for over 40
years. Actually, Srila Prabhupada named our Deities in Toronto after a
famous Deity of the same name in the beautiful and ancient city of
Ksira means "sweet rice" and chora means "thief". So, the name "Ksira-Chora" translates into, "one who steals sweet rice". This famous Deity of Lord Krishna in Remuna was given this name after an incredible incident which occurred hundreds of years ago wherein the Deity actually stole a small pot of sweet rice for his devotee, Madhavendra Puri.
Many may not know this, but since our Deities were given their name in the early 1970s, sweet rice has been offered on our altar every day! On Sunday May 3, 2015, we are celebrating an annual festival called the "Sweet Rice Festival" that began last year. We will be honouring Madhavendra Puri's appearance day on this day along with relishing the wonderful story of Ksira-Chora Gopinatha! We will also have a dramatic presentation by HH Bhaktimarga Swami, which you do not want to miss!
We hope to see you all there! Learn about our fun initiative that everyone can participate in by offering a personal pot of sweet rice to our Deities - click here for more information!