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.

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Festival Report - Lord Nityananda's Appearance Day

12:08:00 PM By Smruthi Venkateshan

A Magical Evening Celebrating the Appearance of Lord Nityananda!
Festival Report by: Smruthi Venkateshan
Pictures by: Sahil Srivastava

This past Saturday, February, 20th, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple celebrated the appearance of Lord Nitayanada with a special twist. 

The event started out with an arati ceremony where the stars of the event Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai beamed brighter than a 1,000 full moons, beside the ever gorgeous Deities of Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha.
After the arati, the guests settled in for an evening of storytelling with a stunning visuals, inspiring speakers and innovate stage setup. The program involved four stations around the temple room and devotees turned to face each station where different stories of Lord Ntityananda were told.  Meanwhile, artwork depicting each story was lowered from the balcony!

This unique twist was organized by a group of teens from the community (Anjali, Krishna, Bagyashree and Aditi) who have formed the new festival team for the temple. They rounded up all their talents to put together stunning artwork, creative visuals and an awesome experience for the guests.


Despite this being their first time organizing a festival the hit it out of the park! As the teens put it, they felt “accomplished” and thankful for the success of the event. Upon hearing the enlightening past times of the Lord the devotees proceeded to a have an enthusiastic closing kirtan follow by scrumptious feast.


As the evening was coming to a close one of the young members of the Festival Team, Bagyashree, remarked on her experiences and she felt “more confident about the future and what is to come.”  It is surely safe to sat that the Toronto Hare Krishna Community feels just as confident and excited about its upcoming festivals!

Festival Pictures (downloadable pics here):

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3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nice Report Smruthi

Anonymous said...

Hare Krishna,
When I read the report I felt like tasting honey!

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

Yes! It was indeed a very nice and sweet Festival Report by Smruthi!!!