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, May 26, 2020

Sweet Rice Festival Jun 7 -14, 2020




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! 

Monday, May 18, 2020

Live Online Activities this Weekend

We will be hosting live content on our Facebook page this weekend. Details can be found below, please Like Our Facebook page for more live content. Live videos can be accessed here (no Facebook account required) https://www.facebook.com/torontokrishna/live/
HH Bhaktimarga Swami will be going live Saturday, May 23rd accompanied by some of our resident devotees, join us at 6:00pm EST for live Kirtan on our Facebook Page!


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 (May 24th, 2020) live class will be given by Krsnanandini Devi Dasi on the topic "Keep the Faith Going", this is part of a special series this month entitled "Deep Dive In Spiritual Protection".

Many of us know Krsnanandini devi dasi from her regular visits to Toronto. She is a guide and teacher at the Cleveland Hare Krishna temple who along with her husband, Tariq prabhu, has dedicated her life to strengthening families, couples and individuals with healthy relationship-skills based on universal spiritual principles. After battling cancer for some time and undergoing rigorous treatments, Krsnanandini was recently sent to hospice care. This week we are honoured to welcome and hear from this powerhouse of strength as she shares her deep realizations and strong conviction on how to keep up our faith in all circumstances.









Past Live activities can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/pg/torontokrishna/videos/?ref=page_internal

Please Like Our Facebook Page for more live content.




Reading from The Brahma Saṁhitā (prayers spoken by Brahma glorifying the Supreme Lord Krishna at the beginning of creation) will resume on Sunday March 29th. Reading will take place every Sunday from 7:15pm-7:30pm through a conference telephone line: 1-866-259-3126 pin 12349.

Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Nrsimha Caturdasi Entries: Children's Creations and Online Sessions

                         The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple!: Nrsimha Caturdasi - Saturday ...

On May 6 we celebrated the festival that marked the appearance of the Lord in his wondrous form of half man-half lion. Lord Nrsimha stunned the worlds when He appeared and continues to do so today with his contradictory personality. Just like a cub that feels safe in the mouth of the lion, a sincere devotee is assured that the Lord will protect him from all kinds of impediments.

The online festivities lasted from May 3-6, however, for the children the fun will last a WHOLE MONTH! We have Camp Nrsimha (ages 5-12 years), a virtual weekly interactive event that will be held every Tuesday of the month: May 5, 12, 19 and 26These sessions are facilitated via beautiful visuals, sharing of the pastime (story), and other learnings by our beloved teachers at Krishna Funskool. Pictures of the session to be included shortly!

Also see below submissions sent in to us. A gentle reminder, if you would like to send in your child's work, please send pictures by Saturday 9pm each week. The pictures should be accompanied by the child's name, age and caption for their work. Watch this space for weekly updates! 
Please note: Videos will have to be updated to your personal Youtube channel/an external source so please send us the links only, not the file itself. 

Working on the theme of Lord Nrsimha and his devotee Prahlad will help your child understand how at any age they can be spiritually connected in a variety of ways. Click HERE for resources and guidelines. 


Contributions to Date


1. Colouring of Lord Nrsimha by Sujay (5yrs)


2. Drawing of Lord Nrsimha killing Hiranyakashipu by Avighnay Chakraborty (5yrs)

3. Colouring of Prahlad being saved by Lord Vishnu by Saanvi Vanam (8yrs)

4. Mask craftwork of Lord Nrsimha by Saanvi Vanam (8yrs)

5. Drawing of Prahlad seeking protection of the Lord while in the fire 
by Chinmay Sivakumar (10yrs)

6. Cute videos HERE and HERE of a Nrsimhadeva Chatterbox by Gauri Valhe (10yrs)
Please note that this video is hosted on an external site and we have no control over the related videos

7. Craft-work, Nrsimhadev emerging from the pillar by Nandha (7yrs)

8. Prahalad offering prayers to Lord Nrsimha by Chinmay Sivakumar (10yrs)

9. Nrsimhadev with His conch and spinning disc by Srihita (7 yrs)

Saturday, May 9, 2020

Nrsimha Caturdasi Yagna Video

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, ISKCON Toronto celebrated Nrsimha Caturdasi (The Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimha). Lord Nrsimhadeva is one of Lord Krishna’s wondrous incarnations, in the form of half-man and half-lion. He descended to protect his young devotee Sri Prahlada Maharaja from his torturous father, King Hiranyakashipu. As the Temple remains closed to the public, festivities were conducted virtually.  If you missed the live broadcast you can view the video of the Fire Sacrifice Ceremony (Yagna/Havan) conducted for the blessings of Lord Nrsimhadeva.

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Virtual Nrsimha Caturdasi Festivities

Please join us virtually this evening (May 6th) from 6:00 PM onwards. The program will feature: Live Darshan, Nrsimha Yajna, and Abhisheka (Deity bathing ceremony).
During the Nrsimha Yagna, a powerful prayer known as the Nrsimha Kavacha Stotram will be chanted. It is a tradition that when one participates in person, one also chants those mantras along. To benefit as much as possible, here are the prayers that you can chant along. The priest will give an indication in the beginning of the ceremony so you can be prepared when he gives the cue.  You Can download a PDF file HERE or view online HERE.

Tonight's program will be broadcast on our Facebook page so be sure to like our page to keep up to date with all our activities.




This morning, Bhaktimarga Swami gave a Special Bhagvatam Class on the topic "Fear God or Love God". Class recording is available HERE, today's Mangala Arati was also broadcast live and the recording is available HERE. Today's Deity Darshan is also available below:








Saturday, May 2, 2020

Virtual Nrsimha Caturdasi Celebrations, May 3 - 6

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020, ISKCON Toronto will celebrate Nrsimha Caturdasi (The Appearance Day of Lord Nrsimha). Lord Nrsimhadeva is one of Lord Krishna’s wondrous incarnations, in the form of half-man and half-lion. He descended to protect his young devotee Sri Prahlada Maharaja from his torturous father, King Hiranyakashipu.

As the Temple remains closed to the public, festivities will be conducted virtually over several days as follows:

Note: Look out for some SURPRISE additions.
May 4 - Special Dramatic Dialogue at 7:00 PM
May 5 - "A guided Meditation on Lord Nrsimhadev's Form” a unique presentation 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


** Special Attraction- Participate in Nrsimha Fire Ceremony ***


Celebrations on May 6 will continue into the evening with a special yagna (fire sacrifice) ceremony. Prayers to invoke powerful mantras for protection, appealing to the Lord's incarnation who destroys negative forces, along with His weapons will be chanted. Such Vedic Sacraments are highly sanctifying, bring auspicious influences, increase devotion as well as peace. As such, this special Nrsimha yagna is potent in today's trying times.

As an added bonus- EVERYONE is welcome to participate in this special ceremony by submitting your name (and those of your loved ones) to get the blessings of Lord Nrsimhadeva! Click HERE to submit your names by Tuesday, May 5. Please note, there is no charge for this, however, if you would like to receive special gifts of sacred thread and ashes from the havan, consider making a donation. For opportunities to sponsor this ceremony and other areas of the festival, click HERE

All events will be broadcast on our Facebook page so be sure to like our page!

Friday, May 1, 2020

Children's Nrsimha Caturdasi Activities


Nrsimha Caturdasi is the appearance celebration of the Lord's half-man half-lion incarnation. This year it falls on Wednesday May 6 and we have many festivities lined up for that week. Please check out here how you and your family can benefit from some online participation as our temple remains closed.

After the success of our Krishna Funskool online activities for Rama Navami, we have decided to continue the same for this festival as well- an extended festival for the whole month! Yes, you heard that right! Please read on to see what we have lined up for your children. 


Camp Nrsimha (for ages 5-12 years) is a virtual weekly interactive event that will be held every Tuesday of the month: May 5, 12, 19 and 26. This will involve a bunch of fun activities like learning the pastime of the Lord while imbibing key values like compassion, steadfast devotion and strength to deal with stressful situations like the five year old prince Prahalad. There will be role play, crafts and more with some weekly assignment that children can work on over the week. 

Also below are a list of activities that we would like to encourage children to engage in as per their age and/or ability. Some of these will be selected and posted on this website every week! Parents can send a picture of their child's work every week by 9:00 PM on Saturday to: kids@torontokrishna.com

The theme for the month of May is, the Pastimes of Lord Nrsimha and Prahlad Maharaj.
Suggestions include:
1.       Colouring pages
2.       Drawing events related to the pastime
3.       Creating dioramas using modelling clay and recyclables (Lord Nrsimha emerging from the pillar is a great hit!)
4.       Creating themed crafts, for eg: make a Nrsimha lion mask or talons to wear over your fingers
5.       Sharing recipes prepared for offering to the Lord 
6.       Writing poems 
7.       Writing small biographies on the personalities like Prahlad Maharaj who is one of the twelve mahajans, or the identity of Hiranyakashipu in Vaikuntha, describing their roles and relationship relevant to the pastime

Resources are to be found here: Nrsimha colouring pages (Google), kksongs.org
iskcondesiretree.com, Krishna.com.

Please inspire your children to participate in this endeavour so we can stay connected on a regular basis with these fun activities.

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Update Regarding Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India)


We pray that you and your loved ones are safe and blessed. We have some major updates  regarding our 48th Festival of India that is held annually on the Toronto Centre Island and attended by thousands over the two-day event.

On March 23, Mayor John Tory declared an emergency in the City of Toronto, including suspending all major events until June 30, 2020. This is part of the City of Toronto’s ongoing efforts to stop the spread of COVID-19 and will ensure the municipal government can continue to act and respond quickly to the pandemic and any other events that arise in the weeks ahead.

To ensure the safety of all of our attendees as well as the close proximity of the deadline to our festival date, the Temple and Festival management have decided that we will have to cancel our grand Ratha-Yatra/Festival of India on July 11-12, 2020. It is certainly not an easy decision to make as it is a festival that is very dear to all of our hearts and you all participate in so enthusiastically. 

Although the Temple is closed for visitors the care of our presiding Deities Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha continues. We urge you to continue your support through online donations and joining our monthly donation program to help maintain our Temple through these difficult times. You can donate online here: https://interland3.donorperfect.net/weblink/weblink.aspx?name=E348810QE&id=4


We will remain in touch with your through our ongoing online virtual Sunday Feast classes broadcast on our Facebook page. Please Like Our Facebook Page for more live content.

Join us in praying for the safety and health of our community and world at large who have been affected by this virus and its impact. 

For up-to-date information, please check out: toronto.ca/home/covid-19


Relieve the Heart and Invigorate the Soul

In the current unprecedented state of the world, people are asking where we are - and where we truly want to go from here. Ancient spiritual texts like Bhagavad Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam give perfect answers to all these questions. What's more, these books also feature entertaining stories while giving the deepest most perfect philosophy relieving and invigorating the hearts, minds and souls of the readers.

As our gesture of extending support to our community, we are making these invaluable spiritual texts (in all Indian and many foreign languages) available at your door step through contactless shipping and/or as ebooks (for suggested donations). From stories for young children to books covering deep philosophical quests, picture-books, cookbooks and more we have it all. We also provide 'Do It Yourself' meditation kits and the internationally renowned 'Saptarishi Set', which features 7 key spiritual texts to help one develop higher levels of spiritual realization.

Another special offering is daily Bhagavad Gita Reading sessions as well daily meditation classes.

Please Contact toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com or 416.400.7001 for more information 

Thursday, April 2, 2020

Virtual Rama Navami Celebrations Tonight



Today (April 2nd) is Rama Navami, the appearance of Lord Rama. Lord Rama is an incarnation of Krishna who appeared in Ayodhya (in current day Uttar Pradesh, India) as the son of King Dasaratha. During Lord Rama’s reign, all the citizens were happy, religious and their necessities of life were provided for. He was a virtuous, charitable and dutiful King. He is particularly known for his victorious battle with the ten-headed demon Ravana, the evil King of Lanka thereby freeing his wife Sita from the demon’s captivity. Through his life, he exemplified heroism, morality and good governance.

Due to COVID19 precautions the Temple remains closed to the public (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION), as such we will be hosting special virtual celebrations.

Celebrations will conclude tonight when HH Bhaktimarga Swami will give a special Class from 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST. This live class will be broadcast on our Facebook Page "ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre".


To set the mood for this festival from March 30th to April 1st. We hosted dramatic readings from  "RAMAYANA, INDIA'S IMMORTAL TALE OF ADVENTURE, LOVE, AND WISDOM". These readings were facilitated by HH Bhaktimarga Swami and broadcast on our Facebook Page "ISKCON Toronto: The Hare Krishna Centre". Recordings are available here: http://iskcontoronto.blogspot.com/2020/03/rama-navami-online-reaadings.html

Additionally our Krishna Funschool has conducted some virtual activities for children, more information can be found here: http://iskcontoronto.blogspot.com/2020/03/rama-navami-entries-childrens-creations.html