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, June 2, 2020

Sweet Rice Festival Jun 7 -14, 2020

10:45:00 PM By Hladini gopika devi dasi

For some years now, we have been celebrating the annual Sweet Rice festival. The focus of the festival has been the glorification of our Deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-cora Gopinatha in Their special connection to sweet rice. This year the festivities will be from Sunday Jun 7 - 14, 2020.  

In the past, our beloved Deities would be offered a variety of sweet rice in pots hand-painted lovingly by the members of our community. This year though we will have to sadly celebrate in separation from Them, you can still get that delicious blessed kheer! See below the various options for sponsorship!

As the Temple remains closed to the public, all events will be broadcast on our Facebook page (no account required). Details to follow soon!

*** Sponsorship Opportunities ***

We are pleased to offer you the below ways in which you can participate for the festival. You can do so by clicking HERE.

$51- Sponsor a pot of kheer for the morning offering
Receive gift of: Inclusion of name in prayer

$108 - Sponsor kheer for evening (12x7 available) 
Receive gift of: Inclusion of name in prayer and a small jar of kheer (125mL)

$301 - Sponsor for full-day bhoga offering and kheer (6 available) 
Receive gift of: Inclusion of name in prayer and a medium jar of kheer (250mL)

$501 (June) -Sponsor for Special Sunday Bhoga for special occasions every Sunday
Receive gift of: Inclusion of name in prayer, a large jar of kheer (500mL) and special Chandan (sandalwood pulp) offered to Ksira-Chora Gopinatha from Remuna, India

(NOTE: We have a team and an effective system in place to make this happen so please await further instructions from us on the kheer pick-up. The team will reach out to you personally in the first and second week of June) 

Did you know?

  • Our Deities in Toronto were named by Srila Prabhupada after this famous Deity by the same name, residing in the small town of Remuna, India. As such, our Hare Krishna centre is also lovingly known as “New Remuna Dham”.

  • This Deity of Lord Krishna was named "Ksira-Chora” (one who steals sweet rice) after an unbelievably fascinating incident that occurred hundreds of years ago wherein the Deity actually stole a small pot of sweet rice for his devotee, Madhavendra Puri.

  • Since our Deities were given their name in the early 1970s, sweet rice has been offered on our altar every day!