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.

Friday, September 4, 2015

Birthday Bash! Sri Krishna Janmastami - September 4-5, 2015

12:27:00 AM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

From Friday, September 4th to Saturday, September 5th, the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!

Festivities will be filled with kirtan, bhajans, discourses and more! On Saturday, the highlight of the evening is the countdown to midnight! The momentum builds as the abhisheka (bathing ceremony) is performed and the Temple is filled with wonderful rocking kirtan, at the stroke of midnight, the Deity doors will open and their Lordships Sr Sri
Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha will be revealed in a stunning flower outfit! It is truly a festival NOT to be missed!

On Saturday, September 5th, free indoor parking will be available for festival attendees, located on Pears Avenue, a 2-3 minute walk from the temple.

Friday, September 4, 2015:

  • 3:00pm to 9:00pm - 6-Hour Kirtan

Saturday, September 5, 2015 (subject to change):
  • 6:00pm - 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
  • 6:30pm - 6:45pm - Welcome & Announcements
  • 6:45pm - 7:15pm - Class "Become Fearless by Understanding the Bhagavad-Gita" 
  • 7:15pm - 7:30pm - Verse Recitation by Children
  • 7:30pm - 8:00pm - Drama by Krishna Fun School Children
  • 8:00pm - 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
  • 8:30pm - 9:00pm - Class "Srila Prabhupada's Relevance - 50 years Later"
  • 9:00pm - 9:30pm - Presentation
  • 9:30pm - 10:15pm - Donor Abhisheka
  • 10:15pm - 11:00pm - Drama by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
  • 11:00pm - 12:00pm - Abhisheka
  • 12:00am - 12:45am - Special Darshan and Midnight Arati
  • 12:45am - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam) 

Sponsorship Opportunities:
  • Maha Abhishek: $401 - A rare opportunity to personally bathe Sri Sri Radha Krishna with auspicious liquids (water from seven holy rivers as well as panchamrita - a mixture of ghee, yogurt, milk, honey and sugar). Sponsors will get to take home their decorative Kalasha (pot) and puja thali (worship plate).
  • Feast Sponsorship:
    • Gold $1500
    • Silver $1000
    • Bronze $500 (10 spots available)
  • Festival Flowers: 
    • Gold: $1500
    • Silver $1000
  • Festival Deity Garlands: $750
  • Deity Dress: $1500 each altar; all thee altars: $4500
  • Platinum Festival Sponsorship: $10008 (complete festival)
  • Midnight Arati: $108
  • Mangal Arati: $51
  • Decorations/Flowers: $500
  • Cake: $500
  • Gopal Swing & Decorations: $ 1008
  • Srila Prabhupada Appearance Day Feast:
    • Morning $501
    • Evening $501
    • Cake $200

For more information about sponsorship opportunities, please contact

The schedules for both days will be posted soon!


Anonymous said...

Wow!This looks like an amazing party!HAREKRISHNA!

hvefuninlife said...

What time does Janmastami celebrations begin on Friday?

Keshav said...

We've updated the post and added the schedules for both days!

Anonymous said...

Came here today - very disorganized for prasadam - it was a mad rush and so many kids and families were disappointed that they couldn't get prasadam. People were rushing and pushing everyone - there wasn't a queue and looks like the organizers were doing nothing - please help fix it for next year

Keshav said...

Hare Krsna. Thank you for your very candid and honest feedback regarding the prasadam distribution during the festival. In all honesty, it continues to be a challenge for us every year as the massive crowds in attendance are all very eager to take prasadam after a long evening of festivities. We will try to make an effort to improve the serve-out next year. If you would like to give more specific feedback, please feel free to write to us at Hare Krsna.

On Behalf of the ISKCON Toronto Temple Council

Anonymous said...

Hare Krishna!
It was a wonderful experience being at the 2015 Janmastami celebrations.
A very special thanks to the Radha Murari group for their Kirtan.
It was very special and the devotional fervor could be felt deep within.


Keshav said...

Thank you for your very kind words, Karthik! We're so happy that you enjoyed the celebrations! Yes, the Radha Murari group did a great job leading everyone in an amazing kirtan! Hare Krsna!