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.

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Register Now for ISKCON Disciples Course - August 1 - August 4

Please mark your dates for the second ISKCON Disciples Course in Toronto from Saturday, August 1st - Tuesday, August 4th. This course has been developed by the GBC (Governing Body Commission) and shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first OR second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami 2015. We encourage all devotees to try their best to attend and also request your help in spreading the word for the course.

This course will cover several important aspects, including:

- The importance of accepting initiation in disciplic succcession
- Srila Prabhupada's special position
- How to select a spiritual master
- Relationships in a multi-guru environment
- Parallel lines of authority and much more...

The course will be facilitated by HG Laxmimoni devi dasi, who is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. She has been involved in ISKCON educational projects since 1974. Now, she is a member of the GBC Ministry of Educational Development and a GBC Deputy.

We kindly ask anyone who is interested in attending to please fill out a preliminary registration form by clicking here.


Monday, July 27, 2015

Krishna FunSkool Summer Kids Camp: August 4 - August 7

We had a wonderful Festival of India this month but the summer fun isn't over yet - join us for the
annual Summer Kids Camp, which is happening this year from August 4-7th (Tuesday - Friday every day).

You can register for any number of days! As always we have lots of fun activities planned out with sumptuous prasadam (vegetarian meansl) for all the children.

The registration is $25 per day or $75 for all 4 days. You can pre-register your child by emailing us at kids@torontokrishna.com or by clicking here for the registration form.

Details:

Dates: Tuesday August 4 - Friday, August 7

Timings: 9:00am - 5:00pm every day

Fees: $25 for each day; $75 for all four days

To register, click here!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

12-Hour Kirtan Schedule Revealed!!!

We are very excited to announce the official schedule for the 12-Hour Kirtan!  There is no other better way to prepare for the 43rd Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) than singing and dancing the famous Hare Krsna mantra for 12 straight hours along with other devotees. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to join the 12-Hour Kirtan with us!  We are very delighted and anxiously looking forward to seeing you there.

9:45am to 10:00am      HG Dravida Prabhu
10:00am to 10:45am    HH BhaktiMarga Swami
10:45am to 11:30pm    Youth Bus Tour
11:30pm to 12:00pm   HH Candramauli Swami
12:00pm to 12:30pm   Radha Murari Band
12:30pm to 1:00pm    Shiv Prabhu
1:00pm to 1:30pm    Jagannath Priya Das
1:30pm to 2:00pm    Tara
2:00pm to 2:30pm    Sugosh Berg
2:30pm to 3:00pm    Jittu
3:00pm to 3:45pm    Balarama Tirtha das
3:45pm to 4:15pm    Dhira Grahi das
4:15pm to 5:00pm    Krishna Kishore Muralidhara Das
5:00pm to 6:00pm    Ajamila das
6:00pm to 7:00pm    Amala Kirtan das
7:00pm to 8:00pm    Agnideva das
8:00pm to 10:00pm     Madhava

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

He's Coming! Ratha-Yatra: Festival of India - July 17-19, 2015

Srila Prabhupada’s mercy continues to bless and nourish our international movement in a myriad of ways, and the global Ratha-Yatras are indeed a prime example of but one such benediction.  Srila Prabhupada’s grace has transformed the once-rare opportunity to pull the ropes of the beautiful chariots of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Baladeva, and Lady Subhadra into an international phenomenon for devotees the world over.

We in Toronto’s Hare Krishna community are exceedingly fortunate to have had the opportunity to present this Ratha-Yatra festival for the past four decades where thousands enjoy the festival amidst the association of great Vaisnavas and ecstatic kirtans.

We would like to humbly invite everyone to join us this year, on July 18th-19th, 2015 for our 43rd Annual Ratha-Yatra here in Toronto.

Festivities will kick off on Friday, July 17th as we celebrate a 12-Hour Kirtan, featuring Madhava Prabhu, Agnideva das, Amala Kirtan das and more!  We will be blowing the roof off New Remuna Dhama (ISKCON Toronto) with this 12-hour kirtan marathon. Once again, the special event is planned for Friday, July 17th from 10:00am to 10:00pm. This kirtan event is not to be missed!

Of course, this precedes the big weekend!  Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra has the unique distinction of being accredited by Madhuha das, the organizer of the traveling Festival of India tour, as being the largest Ratha-Yatra in North America with close to 40,000 people in attendance and a veritable plethora of Srila Prabhupada’s books sold each year!

Some of the unique features of Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra include:

  • A Parade Right Through Downtown Toronto
  • A “Bhajan Kutir” with Non-Stop Kirtan
  • “Yoga Meltdown” – A Mini Yoga Festival
  • Live Cooking Demonstrations
  • Internationally-Acclaimed Arts & Entertainment and much more!

Most significantly, Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra presents a unique and wonderful outreach opportunity. Thousands of Torontonians observe the parade as it proceeds down Yonge Street and dance with us when the kirtan reaches its climax in the famous “Toronto Tunnel”.

Immediately following the parade, festival-goers enjoy a kirtan-filled ferry ride over to Centre Island, where celebrations continue for the rest of the weekend. While on Centre Island devotees will be able to enjoy the association of a number of distinguished personalities including: HH Bhaktimarga Swami, HH Candramauli Swami, HG Dravida Prabhu, HH Bhakti Vinod Swami, HG Krsnanadini Prabhu, HG Madhava Prabhu and many more! The Centre Island festival-pavilion will also host a children’s area featuring fun and wholesome, Vedic-themed activities and events.  All in all, Toronto's Ratha-Yatra will offer everyone a chance to experience a unique festival promoting simple-living and high-thinking, with kirtan on the streets, underground, and on the water!

We hope to see you at the big event!  Hare Krishna!!!

12 Hour Kirtan - Friday, July 17, 2015 - 10am to 10pm

Sing & Dance All Day Long  - 12 Hour Kirtan Coming on Friday, July 17, 2015!

It’s that exciting time of the year again and now is the time for you to book a day off work or take leave from school!  But do you know why?  It is because the 12 Hour Kirtan is back and will be happening on Friday, July 17, 2015 from 10:00am to 10:00pm!

We are proud to announce that Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will once again be welcoming back sensational kirtaneer Madhava Prabhu to headline the 12-Hour Kirtan!  Joining him will be Agnideva das, Amala Kirtan das, members of the Mayapuris,  as well as many other kirtaneers from all around the world! 

There is no other better way to prepare for the 43rd Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) than singing and dancing the famous Hare Krsna mantra for 12 straight hours along with other devotees. Don’t forget to invite your friends and family to join the 12-Hour Kirtan with us!  We are very delighted and anxiously looking forward to seeing you there.


Please stays tuned for the kirtan schedule and join your favourite kirtaneer singing the Hare Krsna Maha Mantra!

Help Needed! - Hospitality for Ratha Yatra

Are you getting ready to host your 43rd annual Ratha Yatra? As the largest in North America, our festival draws people from around the world. To that end, we need some help! Specifically:

  • Airport drop offs / pick ups during the week of the festival
  • Donations to the temple of bedding, fans, and air fresheners
  • Hosts for visiting devotees 


If you're able to help, please email radhabhaktidd.cms@gmail.com. Remember, this is your festival - let's show the world how hospitable Torontonians are!

Hare Krishna!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mastering Yoga of Cooking

Join us for a three part cooking series and learn how to prepare quick and healthy meals with devotion. These cooking classes will be facilitated by our very own Shashank Prabhu who is a professional chef and has facilitated several cooking classes!

Dates: Friday June 19th, Friday, June 26th and Friday, July 10th 

Timings: 6:30pm - 8:30pm


Part 1: Cutting techniques, Appetizers, Sauces and Soups
Part 2: Entrees
Part 3: Baking

Class Size: 10 people 

Registration: $30 (Some basic equipment will be provided for everybody)

Last Day to Register: June 18th

Since space is limited, at this point we will only accept registrations from devotees who are able to attend all the three classes.

For more information please contact - sparkhi@yahoo.com


Thursday, June 11, 2015

Tribute for HG Brahmananda Prabhu this Saturday

As many devotees of our community may be aware, we were saddened to hear that a senior disciple
of Srila Prabhupada, HG Brahmananda prabhu passed away this past Sunday in Vrindavan, India. Our event on Sunday at Yonge-Dundas Square was dedicated to him and the wonderful service he has done over many years.

This Saturday, June 13, 2015, we will be having a memorial program for HG Brahmananda prabhu after the Srimad Bhagavatam class at 8:15am in the temple room. Further, the Sankirtan team will be going out on the streets for harinam (chanting and dancing on the streets) in Hamilton starting at 9:00am. You can contact the Sankirtan team for more details by emailing toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com .

To read a tribute in honour of HG Brahmananda prabhu, please click here .