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 9, 2020

Sweet Rice Festival Recordings

10:27:00 PM By Vijay Teli

New Remuna Dham’s Virtual Sweet Rice Festival Begins Tomorrow!
Our annual Sweet Rice Festival is here! The focus of the festival has been the glorification of our Deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-chora Gopinatha in Their special connection to sweet rice. The festivities will begin Tomorrow (Sunday Jun 7th) and will conclude on Sunday June 14th with many virtual activities (Temple remains closed to the public) throughout the week, click HERE for the full schedule.

We will begin our celebrations with a special session entitled "Sweet History Of Our Temple" presented by Bhaktimaraga Swami and Praharna devi dasi. They will take us on a trip down memory lane as we learn about the early days of our Temple; including how our beloved Deities arrived and why they got Their name. The recording is below:

Bhaktimarga Swami, also known as "The Walking Monk" has achieved the remarkable feat of walking across Canada four times! He has taken an active role in writing and directing theatrical productions that are presented all over the world. We will be featuring one of his plays as part of this Sweet Rice Festival. "Mr. Puri" (Recording available HERE)!

Praharna devi dasi has been a clinical social worker for over 20 years. She have served in a number of capacities including: mentoring young leaders on the Toronto Temple Council, assisting with the management of Govinda’s restaurant in Toronto, as well as being Regional Secretary for Canada. She is also on the North American GBC (Governing Body Commission) executive and the Canadian National Council. 

Virtual Tour of Remuna

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”.

On Tuesday, June 9th at 7:30pm (recording available below) we will have an opportunity to go on a virtual tour of Remuna Dhama (Odisha, India). Our tour guide will be our own Rupanuga das.

Rupanuga das was born and raised in India. He grew up in a family of devotees, and carried that tradition to Canada with him. At the Temple his primary services include deity service, mentorship and counseling, and teaching various classes.

As a special feature of this year's virtual celebrations we will feature various Kheer recipes on our Facebook Page and YouTube Channel:

Recipes will premiere throughout the week!

Special readings with Bhaktimarga Swami from Chaitanya Charitamrita. Part 1 is available HERE and Part 2 HERE.

We will be once again hosting a special online live class. This will be broadcast on our Facebook Page during our normal Sunday Feast time (5:00pm-6:00pm). This week's (June 14th, 2020) live class will be given by Rupanuga Das on the topic "A Life of Determination: Madhavendra Puri". Recording below: