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, July 5, 2017

New Location for Ratha-Yatra - July 14-16, 2017

12:00:00 PM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

We would like to humbly invite everyone to join us this year, from July 14th-16th, 2017 for our 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra here in Toronto.

As the whole city has noticed, the Toronto Islands have flooded due to the high amounts of rain this spring and summer.  The city has closed the Toronto Islands, including Centre Island, to the public until at least August 1st.  For this reason, our festival will now be taking place at a beautiful new park called Sherbourne Common (more information below)!

Festivities will kick off on Friday, July 14th as we celebrate a 12-Hour Kirtan, featuring Madhava Prabhu, Agnideva Dasa, Amala Kirtan Dasa, Jahnavi Jivana Devi Dasi and more (see below)!  We will be blowing the roof off New Remuna Dhama (ISKCON Toronto) with this 12-hour kirtan marathon.  Once again, the special event is planned for Friday, July 14th from 10:00am to 10:00pm. This kirtan event is not to be missed!

Of course, this precedes the big weekend!  Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra is one of the largest Ratha-Yatras in North America with tens of thousands of people in attendance each year!

Some of the unique features of Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra include:
  • A Parade Right Through Downtown Toronto
  • A “Bhajan Kutir” with Non-Stop Kirtan
  • “Yoga Meltdown” – A Mini Yoga Festival
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Arts & Culture Showcase and much more!
Immediately following the parade, festival-goers will be able to attend the two-day festivities at Sherbourne Common, a beautiful new park right at the waterfront and which is a short walk from the end of the parade.  The main festival-pavilion will also host a children’s area featuring fun and wholesome, Vedic-themed activities and events.  All in all, Toronto's Ratha-Yatra will offer everyone a chance to experience a unique festival promoting simple-living and high-thinking!

Pictures of Sherbourne Common (New Festival Location):


Narnarayanarsi das said...

Excellent news and details and names and photos of visitors.
Agnideva Prabhu will blow the sky...
One request about parking at Sherbourne Common Park...any arrangement with George Brown College...this will be great help.

Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) said...

Yes, we share your excitement! Parking will indeed be available in front of George Brown, but it will be paid parking.

Anonymous said...

What is the exact time and date of rath yatra

Anonymous said...

"Speak true, not hate."
Why this great festival is not covered by CP24 , Toronto Star or other news paper? where as any gathering by Muslim community has been covered by those media.Is it their management are more active for publicity than yours?

Chhota Babu said...

Please guide if there is Rath Yatra (Pulling the Ratha on Sunday July 16th)too? Please help as the website of ISKON is not clear in information. Thanks.


Shivani Kunder said...

I'm quite disappointed that this was not covered on any Toronto News Channel. I was unable to attend Saturday and Sunday. I was looking forward to seeing some of it share by local news. I'm sure it was amazing.

Hare Krishna

Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) said...

Thank you, everyone, for your comments. We hope you enjoyed the festival! For those who commented about the lack of publicity for the festival, we surely agree that we could have gotten more coverage, but we actually had coverage from CTV News, CP24, Toronto Star, AsianTV, various high profile blogs and more. We will try to put up a website post, summarizing the media coverage!

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Toronto Wedding Photographer said...

I was there in 2017. It was a really great. I just want to know whether it will be held in 2018?