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.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

Gaura Purnima 2014 - A Golden Weekend

1:50:00 PM By Shubham Sindhwani

The Toronto Hare Krishna Centre would like to warmly invite you to join us for grand Gaura Purnima Celebrations this Saturday and SundayMarch 15-16, 2014!

Gaura Purnima, one of the largest festivals at Toronto's Hare Krishna temple, is the celebration of the appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Over 500 years ago, in a special appearance, Lord Krishna personally came as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as His own devotee by propagating the chanting of the Holy names of the Lord in every town and village!

    This coming weekend, the Hare Krishna temple will be celebrating the Appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu with great pomp and grandeur! To start off the grand festivities, the Hare Krishna temple is pleased to welcome you all for our 6-Hour Kirtan on Saturday, March 15, 2014 from 3:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 

      Having the festival fall on a Sunday 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.

      The tentative schedule for the full day is as follows (subject to change) **updated as of March 15**:

      4:30 am to 8:00 am - Mangala Arati and Morning Program
      8:00 am to 10:00 am - Special Caitanya Caritamrta Class by HG Rupanuga das and HG Ananda Gauranga das
      10:00 am to 10:30 am - Movie Presentation: The Golden Avatar
      10:30 am to 11:00 am - Movie Presentation: Following Srila Prabhupada (Gaura Purnima Festival in Mayapur, 1973)
      11:00 am to 12:00 pm - Readings from Caitanya Caritamrta
      12:00 pm - 3:00 pm - Maha Harinam for Lord Caitanya 
      3:30 pm to 6:00 pm - Nectarean Bhajans for Lord Caitanya 
      6:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Arati
      6:30 pm to 7:00 pm - Class by HG Rupanuga das
      7:00 pm to 7:20 pm - Drama by Krishna Funskool
      7:20 pm to 8:00 pm - Abhisheka (Bathing of Deities)
      8:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Kirtan (Arati)
      8:30 pm - 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!


      Anonymous said...

      Will there be a schedule for the 6 hour kirtan?

      Shubham Sindhwani said...

      The schedule will be posted shortly. Stay tuned. :)

      Anonymous said...

      Thank you Prabhu for adding some more details to the program schedule.
      I appreciate the gesture and your humility. It just make the whole festival more personal and spiritual.

      Anonymous said...

      Please note that Lord Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is actually Sri Krishna, who is the origin of everything; The Supreme Personality of Godhead. he came about 500 years ago in the service mood of Srimati Radharani to show the whole world how to be a devotee of Sri Krishna by constantly chanting the Hare Krishna maha-mantra. Haribol!

      Anonymous said...

      [typo correction] *He* came about 500 years ago...