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.

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Gaura Purnima Celebrations - Today!

7:41:00 AM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav) , , , , , , No comments

This evening, Toronto's Hare Krishna temple will be hosting one of our largest festivals of the year - Gaura Purnima! A huge crowd is expected for this incredible festival that promises to leave you immersed in spiritual bliss and love for Lord Caitanya who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself! Gaura Purnima celebrates the appearance anniversary of Lord Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who appeared in Mayapura, India in the year 1486.

Having the festival fall on a Saturday means that we can have especially extravagant festivities and so devotees are encouraged to come throughout the day for festivities. Spiritualists are encouraged to come early in the morning (4:30am!) to take part in the morning program. Festivities in the evening will begin a little earlier with rousing kirtan starting at 4pm.

The schedule for the full day is as follows:
4:30am to 9:00am - Mangala Arati and Morning Program
4:00pm to 6:00pm - Kirtan for Mahaprabhu
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 7:30pm - Special Presentation
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Maha-Abhisheka (Bathing of Deities)
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:30pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

A warm invitation goes out to you and your family for this larger-than-life festival as we celebrate the auspicious advent of the appearance of Lord Caitanya!