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, September 29, 2015

Maha-Mantra Week - September 24 to October 4

9:21:00 AM By Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)

50 years ago, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada stepped off the ship Jaladutta and arrived in Boston. He bore just one desire in his heart: to share the impeccable glories of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra all over the world.

Today, he is celebrated in over 500 ISKCON centres for sharing the imports of the pristine Vedic knowledge! Within a span of just over a decade, he established hundreds of temples and inspired thousands.

This year from Sep 24th - Oct 4th, 2015, ISKCON centres all over the world will commemorate the arrival of Srila Prabhupada to the West.  Here in Toronto, we have 10 days of various activities lined up for you. Also known as the 'World Holy Name Week', the intention of this festival is to appreciate and share what Prabhupada has given us and spread the (Holy) word! We encourage you to make the most of this by participating in multitude of ways; please read on for details.

Srimad Bhagavatam Themed Discourses 
Interactive sessions ranging from Srila Prabhupada's: an inspiration for all and how to improve chanting to how to lead a balanced life and significance of chanting and more.

The 50 Distribution Challenge
So how did he achieve all this? Was it a cakewalk or a river upstream? A special Srila Prabhupada corner celebrating his glory will be set up where you can find books related to his life story, as well as personal instructions- Lilamrita, biography, vyaspuja, sikshamrita. Also available in foreign and Indian languages. Get a complete set of books that give description on the man who was featured in an article by CNN (Famous Folks Launched Careers After 50)

Special Events During the Week

  • Thursday, Sep 24: Inaugural Movie Night on Srila Prabhupada
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    An inspirational Thursday with viewing from "Following Srila Prabhupada" with butter popcorn and juice!
  • Friday, Sep 25: Downtown Street Harinama 
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Sway to Kirtan with pomp down the streets of Yorkville.
  • Saturday, Sep 26: Monthly Sankirtan Festival
    Time: 11am - 2pm
    Join us for the monthly sankirtan festival, this month in honour of Srila Prabhupada's magnanimous gift. We will celebrate it as the festival of gratitude, and share kirtan, prasad and the holy name with the residents of Toronto.
  • Saturday, Sep 26: 3 Hour Kirtan / Musical Chanting
    Time:: 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    After the monthly sakirtan festival, come join us for a 3 hour kirtan in the evening.  Immerse yourself into the sublime depths of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra in the association of others!
  • Sunday, Sep 27: 32 Rounds Day
    Time: 4:30 am onwards
    A chance to connect deeper with the holy name by chanting 32+ rounds in association of other devotees!
  • Tuesday, Sep 29: League of Devotees - Coming Together to Serve Srila Prabhupada
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    Special edition of the Tuesday Sanga in honour of Srila Prabhupada
  • Friday, Oct 2: Prabhupada Memories
    Time: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
    An intimate evening of association with disciples of Srila Prabhupada and an opportunity to hear about their experiences.
  • Saturday, Oct 3: Nuit Blanche Harinama- Welcoming Srila Prabhupada
    Time: 9:00 pm onwards
    The grand finale of the Maha-mantra week, harinama through the city's biggest art festival
10 days of fun celebrations! See you there! For further information, please feel free to contact-
Hladini Gopika Devi dasi: 647-989-1806 or email: