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, August 23, 2016

Big Birthday Bash - Krishna Janmastami - Aug 25, 2016

6:30:00 PM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!

Main festivities will start at 6:00pm and go until midnight and will be filled with kirtan, bhajans, discourses and more! The highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight! The momentum builds as the abhisheka (bathing ceremony) is performed and the Temple is filled with wonderful rocking kirtan, at the stroke of midnight, the Deity doors will open and their Lordships Sr Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha will be revealed in a stunning flower outfit! It is truly a festival NOT to be missed!

Free festival parking is available at 135 Pears Avenue (on Pears Ave, east of Bedford).  The parking lot is just a 4 minute walk from the temple.  Please note, anybody parked on the street in front of the temple will likely get a ticket after midnight.  So it is best to use the provided parking.

Festival Schedule (subject to change)
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 6:40pm - Welcome & Announcements
6:40pm to 7:30pm - Reading & Discourse
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Presentation
8:00pm to 8:45pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:45pm to 9:15pm - Video Presentation
9:15pm to 10:00pm - Kalash Abhisheka
10:00pm to 11:00pm - Drama by Bhaktimarga Swami
11:00pm to 12:00am - Maha Abhisheka and Kirtan
12:00am to 12:30am - Midnight Arati
12:30am to 1:30am - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

Sponsorship Opportunities

Maha Abhishek: $350 - A rare opportunity to personally bathe Sri Sri Radha Krishna with auspicious liquids (water from seven holy rivers as well as panchamrita - a mixture of ghee, yogurt, milk, honey and sugar). Sponsors will get to take home their decorative Kalasha (pot) and puja thali (worship plate).

Feast Sponsorship:
- Gold $1500
- Silver $1000
- Bronze $500 (10 spots available)

Festival Flowers:
- Gold: $1500
- Silver $1000
- Festival Deity Garlands: $750

Other Sponsorship Opportunities
- Deity Dress - $1500 each altar; all three altars: $4500
- Midnight Arati: $108
- Mangal Arati: $51
- Decorations/Flowers: $500
- Cake: $500
- Gopal Swing & Decorations: $ 1008

For more information on Sri Krishna Janmastami’s sponsorship, contact us directly at the festival.