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 20, 2016

Chaitanya Charan Dasa: Oct 6-13, 2016

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will be welcoming Chaitanya Charan Dasa from October 6-13, 2016.  Chaitanya Charan is a monk and spiritual author. He has done his Electronics & Telecommunications Engineering from the Government College of Engineering, Pune. He subsequently served as a software engineer in a prominent multinational software corporation.

Seeing the prevalent problems of stress, depression, addiction and overall misdirection – all caused by a lack of spirituality – he felt inspired to dedicate his life to the cause of sharing the spiritual wisdom of the Bhagavad-gita under the aegis of ISKCON (International Society for Krishna consciousness). He is a member of ISKCON’s leading intellectual body, the Shastric Advisory Council, and is the associate-editor of ISKCON’s global magazine, Back to Godhead. He is the author of the world’s only Gita-daily feature, wherein he writes daily a 300-word inspirational reflection on a verse from the Bhagavad- Gita. He has written over seventeen hundred Gita meditations that are posted on www.gitadaily.com and are read through daily feeds by thousands from all over the world.

He also answers questions by seekers on his site www.thespiritualscientist.com, where his over three thousand five hundred audio answers and several hundred articles are available.

He travels all over the world from Australia to America, giving talks on spiritual subjects in temples, universities and companies. His articles have been published in many national newspapers including Indian Express, Economic Times and Times of India in the Speaking Tree column. His writings in English have been translated into several foreign languages including German, Chinese and Romanian and several Indian languages including Kannada, Telgu, Bengali, Hindi and Marathi. He is the author of sixteen books.



Video: Vyasa Puja 2016 Celebrations

On Friday, August 26th, 2016 the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple hosted celebrations for Vyasa Puja.  Vyasa Puja is when we celebrate the appearance (birthday) of the founder of our movement, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.  Check out the video below!

Video: Toronto Janmastami 2016 Celebrations

On Thursday, August 25th, 2016, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple celebrated one of our biggest festivals of the year, Sri Krishna Janmastami.  Thousands of people passed through the building as festivities went past midnight!  Check out the video of the final few hours below!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Environment Day at Allan Gardens - Sep 17th

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is excited to share that we will be participating in a "Community Environment Day" on Saturday, September 17th.  The event is being hosted by our City Councillor, Kristyn Wong-Tam.  Our temple will be hosting a free yoga class and will also be presenting kirtan on the grass throughout the event.  Click here for more information. The following information is from Councillor Wong-Tam's website:

Message from our City Councillor: Community Environment Day and Fair - September 17th
Saturday, September 17, 2016 is the annual Environment Day in Ward 27!

Join me at Allan Gardens. Environment Day events will be set up at the south-west corner of Sherbourne Street and Carlton Streets.

Visit me between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. to get your free compost, garbage and compost bins and much more!  To view the full details please view the flyer.

Toronto Hare Krishna Centre will provide a Free Yoga and Meditation Session, plus Live Music.

Community Bicycle Network will provide a Free Bike Tune-Up Station and Tutorials.

Toronto Public Library Parliament Branch will provide a Free Children's Storybook Reading.

When: Saturday, September 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Where: Allan Gardens (at the corner of Sherbourne Street and Carlton Street)

The event will also feature:
  • Ward 14 TDSB Trustee Chris Moise
  • Garden District Residents Association
  • Friends of Allan Gardens
  • Good Shepherd Ministries
  • Grace Church
  • Enbridge Gas
  • Tower and Neighbourhood Revitalization
  • Public Health
  • Animal Services
  • Social Housing
  • Toronto Community Housing
  • Toronto Fire Services + Fire Truck
  • Toronto Police Services Mounted Unit
  • EMS Historical Ambulance
  • 311 Toronto
This is a wonderful opportunity to interact with neighbours, learn more about the community, reduce, reuse and recycle, and have some fun and good food along the way!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at Allan Gardens in September for Environment Day!


Special Sunday with Gaura Nataraj Dasa - Sep 18th

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is excited to welcome Gaura Nataraj Dasa to our community.  An exceptional dancer, Gaura Nataraj will be presenting a special series of classical Bharatnatyam dances during this upcoming Sunday Feast on Setember 18, 2016.

Gaura Nataraj das (Aleksey Furdak) was born in 1989 to Russian parents in Riga, Latvia and started learning Bharata Natyam at the age of 15.

His first teacher was Pille Roosi (Estonia) who was his guide in the world of Indian dance for over 10 years. Gaura Nataraj participated in countless workshops (by Priyadarsini Govind, Rama Vaidyanathan, Parshwanth Upadhye, Mavin Khoo to name a few). Now he continues his training online at eAmbalam under the guidance of Smt. Indira Kadambi.

Gaura Nataraj also studies drawing and painting as well as ancient Armenian music instrument duduk.

Check out some of his videos below:







Sunday, September 11, 2016

Festival Report: Radhastami Celebrations

Radiant Radhastami Celebrations!
Festival Report by: Smruthi Venkateshan

With summer winding up, it may seem that festivities around the city have quieted down, but that is not the case at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple.

With great pomp and show on Friday, September, 9th devotees at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple celebrated the birthday of Srimati Radharani who is the female counterpart of Lord Krishna. This day marks an auspicious moment where we celebrate the appearance of Srimati Radharani, who is the mother of this entire universe. All throughout the evening, devotees prayed to Srimati Radharani for her causeless mercy.

Firstly during the opening kirtan (arati) ceremony, Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, were marvelous in their sky blue outfits marked with many mysterious dark blue specks. Then Ananda Gauranga Dasa gave a discourse on the pastimes of Srimati Radharani. With great skill, he seamlessly wove each story into the next and presented a beautiful string of stories that we could all relish!

Then a gift giving ceremony took place for Srimati Radharani wherein the gifts that devotees brought for the Deities were opened. Gifts of all sorts poured in, everything from kitchen utensils, laundry detergent, hair braids, to intricate jewelry had been covered. The excitement reached a crescendo, with the closing arati ceremony.

When the doors swung open, in a dimly lit altar, the Deities were glowing with tiny specks of blue light, radiating from their clothing. In that moment, it felt like Srimati Radharani was lighting our lives with the effulgence of a thousand splendid suns! After hearing a roaring kirtan, and seeing a cascade of flowers being offered to the Lord, everyone gathered for a delightful vegetarian feast.

Every devotee experienced the mercy of Srimati Radharani who sparked spirituality into all of us!


Festival Report: Balarama's Appearance Day

Balarama's Appearance Day Festivities
Festival Report by: Smruthi Venkateshan

Devotees gathered at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple to celebrate Lord Balarama's birthday on the evening of August, 18, 2016. Lord Balarama is the elder brother of Lord Sri Krishna and is an expansion of Krishna.

The festivities kicked off with an arati ceremony for their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, who emerged regally in their emerald green and pink outfits. The Deities of Lord Balarama and Krishna attracted the hearts of devotees by adorning a vibrant red outfit that was bedecked with jewels.

Following the arati, Laximimoni Devi Dasi gave a wonderful discourse on the pasttimes of Lord Balarama and Krishna in Vrindavana. By hearing Laxmimoni Mataji's amazing stories, all of us transcended into utter bliss and felt like we were enjoying with Krishna and Balarama! It greatly reminded me of hearing stories as a child, from my grandparents. 

Following the lecture, during the aeati ceremony, there was congregational singing of the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and devotees sang their hearts out. After all praying to Lord Balarama for great strength, everyone enjoyed vegetarian feast. 

Lord Balarama's birthday definitely set the stage for the biggest birthday bash of the year Krishna Janmashtami!

Balarama's App Day 2016

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Radhastami Festival - Friday, September 9

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Friday, September 9, 2016 for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm. Details of the festival are listed below. As an annual tradition, the highlight of the evening will be when we open gifts for Srimati Radharani that have been brought by the assembled devotees.

If you and your family feel inclined, you are welcome to bring a gift for Their Lordships. Please see below for a list of possible items that can be purchased for Srimati Radharani.

A humble request is that all gift items be new as gifts will be placed on the altar and will be unwrapped and shown to the Deities during the program. Of course, donations of any kind are always warmly accepted! For festival sponsorship information contact us.


NEW Session Begins for Krishna FunSkool (KFS)!

Our new session for Krishna's Funskool (Weekly Sunday Classes) begins on Sunday September 4th. In addition to following a curriculum which is based on the Vedic Scriptures, this year we have many new attractions which include monthly 'Service Sundays', Exhibition days, Picnic days, Movie Nights, Special Activity days, Competitions and much more!

This year, there are four age-groups: 3-5 years, 6-8 years, 9-11 years, 12-14 years

There will be a special Orientation program on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 6:30 pm at the Hare Krishna Temple, Toronto. All parents are invited to attend this program along with their children.

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions/suggestions.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Big Birthday Bash - Krishna Janmastami - Aug 25, 2016

On Thursday, August 25, 2016, the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!

Main festivities will start at 6:00pm and go until midnight and will be filled with kirtan, bhajans, discourses and more! 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!

Parking
Free festival parking is available at 135 Pears Avenue (on Pears Ave, east of Bedford).  The parking lot is just a 4 minute walk from the temple.  Please note, anybody parked on the street in front of the temple will likely get a ticket after midnight.  So it is best to use the provided parking.

Festival Schedule (subject to change)
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 6:40pm - Welcome & Announcements
6:40pm to 7:30pm - Reading & Discourse
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Presentation
8:00pm to 8:45pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:45pm to 9:15pm - Video Presentation
9:15pm to 10:00pm - Kalash Abhisheka
10:00pm to 11:00pm - Drama by Bhaktimarga Swami
11:00pm to 12:00am - Maha Abhisheka and Kirtan
12:00am to 12:30am - Midnight Arati
12:30am to 1:30am - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)

Sponsorship Opportunities

Maha Abhishek: $350 - 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

Other Sponsorship Opportunities
- Deity Dress - $1500 each altar; all three altars: $4500
- Midnight Arati: $108
- Mangal Arati: $51
- Decorations/Flowers: $500
- Cake: $500
- Gopal Swing & Decorations: $ 1008

For more information on Sri Krishna Janmastami’s sponsorship, contact us directly at the festival.