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.
With warmer weather (hopefully) approaching, the excitement surrounding the 43rd Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) will be growing as each day passes! On Sunday, April 19, 2015 will mark the official launch of the countdown to this year's festival! The program will begin at 4:30 pm with a special fire sacrifice to invoke auspiciousness for this year's Festival of India.
The program will be as follows (subject to change):
4:00pm to 5:45pm - Special Yajna (Fire Sacrifice)
5:45pm to 6:00pm - Tulasi Arati
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 6:40pm - Welcome & Announcements
6:40pm to 7:30pm - Festival of India Presentation
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Free Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
Festival season continues with Narsimha Caturdasi on Saturday, May 2, 2015. This festival marks the appearance day of Lord Narsimhadeva,
Krishna's half-man half-lion incarnation who appeared in order to
protect the saintly child Prahlada who was being tormented by his
Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre will be celebrating Narsimha Caturdasi, starting at 6pm and will include a discourse from our special guest HG Rohini Priya das, an abhisheka (bathing ceremony) and amazing kirtan!
Schedule (subject to change):
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm - 6:40pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:40pm - 7:30pm: Discourse on Lord Narsimhadeva by HG Rohini Priya das
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Abhisheka (Bathing Ceremony)
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Kirtan (Arati)
8:30pm - onwards: Vegetarian Feast
**ekadashi feast (feast without grains and legumes) will be provided**
Come join us for a special weekend with MORE festivities on the following day!
After a very cold winter, that special time of the year has arrived. With clear skies, sunshine and warm cool breezes greeting you, spring has arrived! With the warmer weather comes lots of opportunities to render service to our beautiful Deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira Chora Gopinatha.
For starters, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is participating in two very large conventions and shows where we serve 1000+ plates of prasadam (spiritualized, delicious vegetarian meals) for three days, nonstop.
The first show is The Yoga Show and Conference, taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from April 10-12th, 2015 and is just around the corner! The next show is the Total Health Show, also taking place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre from April 17-19th, 2015. These two weekends are going to be some of our busier weekends in temple kitchen!
Over the years these shows and expos have been very successful and thousands of people of varying backgrounds come to visit our “Govinda’s” booth to taste sumptuous vegetarian delights!
However, all of this success comes only with team work and hard work. Over the years, many volunteers have participated in this event in numerous ways. These massive shows require a lot of team work in the kitchen, doing intense but fun loving service. If you are interested in being one of the many volunteers and curious to know more about being part of this wonderful outreach program, please fill out the form below and we will be in touch with you very soon!
You can also feel free to contact Kanaad Prabhu at (647) 299-9903 or by emailing him.
On Saturday, April 11, 2015, the Toronto Hare Krishna temple will welcome HH Devamrita Swami for a special morning class which will take place from 7:45am to 9:00am. Devamrita Swami will be giving a special morning class on the topic of: "Bhakti-bhava: The Emotional Dynamics of a Devotee" which will feature topics including:
the future for your heart and its longings in bhakti
can you train your emotions how to feel?
the psychology of insecurity and insufficiency
the battle with the envy monster
****Breakfast prasadam will be served afterwards****
About Devamrita Swami
Devamrita Swami took initiation in 1974 from Srila Prabhupada and devoted his life to sharing his guru’s teachings, distributing his books and serving at the BBT. In 1982 Devamrita Swami took sannyas initiation and in 2002 began serving as an initiating spiritual master in ISKCON.
A member of ISKCON’s governing body since 2001 he has occupied the responsible posts of GBC vice chairman and later, chairman. His current regional responsibilities include Australia and New Zealand, as well as South Africa, Brazil and the Gita-nagari Farm Project in Pennsylvania. Beyond those areas of spiritual leadership, he travels far and wide, especially in North America, Europe and India.
Please come and grab this opportunity to hear from Devamrita Swami - a world renowned teacher in the Krishna Consciousness movement.
The presiding Deities of the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple are Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha (Radha Krishna), Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subhadra. Everything we do in our temple is a just a humble offering to the Lord and our Deities are the heart of our temple! Below, you can find the latest pictures of our beautiful Deities, information about darshan times and even the stories about how our Deities arrived in Toronto!
We've recently updated the page on our website dedicated to our Deities and we've added stories about how our Deities arrived to our beautiful temple! Check out our new "Our Deities" page by clicking here!
Several months ago, our temple was approached by a large condominium development firm who has built several mid-rise condominiums in downtown Toronto. They are working on a proposal to build a 25-story condominium which will occupy part of the small park behind the temple and have approached our temple to solicit our interest in using part of our property to build their condominium. Please note, this is still very early in the planning stage and no official plans have been submitted to the city.
Their plans to use part of the temple's property would mean a significant change to the east side of our building and, more importantly, the addition of a 25-story building which would be in very close proximity to our temple.
Even though the proposal is still in the development phase, the Hare Krishna temple felt the need to reach out to our community to solicit their feedback on this idea. The development firm is offering a significant financial windfall to the temple to proceed with this plan.
There will be a special Community Meeting wherein all devotees are welcome to come and hear from a representative of the company putting this proposal together.
This project by this condo development company has very serious implications for our temple and has many benefits and drawbacks. We are humbly asking for your feedback regarding this important proposal and thus are extending an invitation to all of our devotees to come to this Community Meeting to learn more.
Even though information is not public, we have been granted permission from the development company to share one conceptual drawing about what the condominium would look like, once it is completed. Click the image below to see the full artists concept about how our temple would be situated in relation to the new condominium development.
For those of you who figured we are too spiritual to play tricks on you, we'd like to wish you a Happy April Fool's Day!!! There are no condominium developments which are being planned for our temple... we promise! (Check out previous years' Aprils Fools jokes here and here!)