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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

UPDATED - Gaura Purnima: Tuesday, March 22, 2016

5:30:00 AM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

*** ANNOUNCEMENT - We have a special arrangements for the kids of community for the festival.  We will have professional face painters at the festival and all kids will be invited to be part of the celebrations in a unique way.  In order to keep things organized, we are asking all parents to bring their kids to the temple no later than 6:30pm this upcoming Tuesday, March 22, 2016. ***

One of the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple’s biggest festivals of the year, Gaura Purnima,  falls on Tuesday, March 22, 2016.  Celebrations will start early in the morning and continue into the evening where expect a huge turnout of devotees!

Gaura Purnima marks the divine appearance of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu, who is non-different than Lord Krishna.  He appeared in Navadwipa (modern day West Bengal) in 1486. Lord Chaitanya was born on full moon and blessed everyone with the moonlike rays of his teachings. He launched the movement of chanting the Holy Names of Krishna and taught how we can gain enlightenment in this age by chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra.

It will be a special day of celebrations and for more details about this sweet festival, including a schedule of events, keep an eye on our website. There are also many sponsorship opportunities still available for the festival: garlands, flowers, aratis and the festival feast.

Official Festival Schedule

  • 6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
  • 6:30pm to 6:40pm - Welcome & Announcements
  • 6:40pm to 7:00pm - Class & Presentation
  • 7:00pm to 7:15pm - "The Jarikanda Experience"
  • 7:15pm to 8:00pm - Abhiseka (bathing ceremony)
  • 8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
  • 8:30pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

For sponsorship opportunities, feel free to contact us.

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hare krsna, am so excited for Gaura Purnima that i can't do my japa properly :)

Your servant

haribol

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

We feel the same way!!!

Kevala Bhakti das

Ayoush Goel said...

vrindavan and brijdham is in full swing of HOLI.... I did not see any announcement.

Kevala Bhakti das (Keshav) said...

Hare Krishna Ayoush. As Gaudiya-Vaisnavas (Hare Krishnas), one of our biggest dates on our calendar is the appearance date of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. This festival happens to fall at around the same time as Holi. So, at our temple, we have grand celebrations for Gaura Purnima and our focus. I hope this helps! Hare Krishna!