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.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

ISKCON Disciples Course - July 28 - 31, 2017

A few years ago, the leadership of our international Hare Krishna movement instituted the "ISKCON Disciples Course", which is a great overview about several important aspects in one's spiritual life within our Hare Krishna family. This foundational course covers important topics like:


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

Laxmimoni Devi Dasi is visiting Toronto for a few weeks this summer and she will be facilitating the ISKCON Disciples Course from July 28th - 31st.

Course Schedule:
Friday July 28th:  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday July 29th: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Sunday July 30th: 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
Monday July 31st:  6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

To register and to find out more information about this important course, please click here.

Media Coverage of Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India)

As tens of thousands of people descended upon downtown Toronto to attend the 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India), the media also took notice!  Our festival was featured as part of news coverage on major networks.  We did a quick scan of websites and newspapers and were able to grab a few highlights:


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Videos: Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) 2017

Last week (July 14-16, 2017), the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple hosted the 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) and celebrations brought an incredible spiritual splash of culture to the whole city!  If you want to relive the experience of attending the festival, we have you covered.  Check out the videos below (courtesy of Sathi Prabhu):





Full Videos of the Amazing 12-Hour Kirtan!

On Friday, July 14, 2017, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple hosted an incredible 12-Hour Kirtan.  Our main Temple Room (prayer hall) was filled by the evening with chanters who collectively vibrated spiritual mantras!  Check out the videos below:
























Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New Location for Ratha-Yatra - July 14-16, 2017


We would like to humbly invite everyone to join us this year, from July 14th-16th, 2017 for our 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra here in Toronto.

As the whole city has noticed, the Toronto Islands have flooded due to the high amounts of rain this spring and summer.  The city has closed the Toronto Islands, including Centre Island, to the public until at least August 1st.  For this reason, our festival will now be taking place at a beautiful new park called Sherbourne Common (more information below)!

Festivities will kick off on Friday, July 14th as we celebrate a 12-Hour Kirtan, featuring Madhava Prabhu, Agnideva Dasa, Amala Kirtan Dasa, Jahnavi Jivana Devi Dasi and more (see below)!  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 14th 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 is one of the largest Ratha-Yatras in North America with tens of thousands of people in attendance 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
  • Arts & Culture Showcase and much more!
Immediately following the parade, festival-goers will be able to attend the two-day festivities at Sherbourne Common, a beautiful new park right at the waterfront and which is a short walk from the end of the parade.  The main 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!



Pictures of Sherbourne Common (New Festival Location):











Don't Miss the 12-Hour Kirtan - Friday, July 14, 2017

TORONTO’S BIGGEST ANNUAL KIRTAN DAY!
Harinama Eva Kevalam

The much awaited annual pre-Rathayatra 12-Hour Kirtan is just sround the corner!  Featuring kirtan leaders from around the world, this is certainly a day not to be missed!  Being held on Friday July 14th from 10am - 10pm at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple at 243 Avenue Road, it promises to be the best 12 hours of your life!

Book the day off work or school as this is your opportunity to immerse yourselves in 12 amazing hours of the transcendental vibrations of the maha-mantra accompanied by singing, dancing, drumming and clapping.

World renowned kirtanyas will be descending on Toronto from around the world, including Madhava Prabhu from Switzerland, Agnideva Dasa from the West Indies, Amala Kirtan Dasa from Brazil, Jahnavi Jivana Devi Dasi from the United Kingdom and many more! Make sure you come early as your favourite kirtanya might be chanting earlier than you expect!

Don’t forget to invite and bring your family and friends on Friday July 14th, 2017. We look forward to seeing you there!



Help Needed! - Hospitality for Ratha-Yatra

Are you getting excited for our community to host the 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India)? As the largest of it's kind 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 hospitality@festivalofindia.ca. Remember, this is your festival - let's show the world how hospitable Torontonians are!  Hare Krishna!

Donate to Help Support the Ratha-Yatra Festival!

With the official countdown on to the 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India), excitement is building for the grand event which will be taking place from July 14-16, 2017.

There are plenty of ways for you to get involved to support the festival. Our hope is to make this year’s festival the biggest ever! One of the biggest features is the free vegetarian feast at Sherbourne Common and to serve the tens of thousands of people, we need an abundant amount of spices, vegetables, dry goods and more! It is through your generous donations that we can make this year's festival the most memorable. You can also sponsor various elements of the festival or just make a general donation.

How Can You Donate?

  • Online using the donate button on our website (located on the right hand side of the page).
  • Contact Satyabhama Devi Dasi via email or (416) 414-4123.
  • Visit our temple at 243 Avenue Road and make your donation to our front desk volunteer at anytime.
  • Click here to download a fundraising form to ask your friends and family to contribute Festival of India!


"Your Ever Well Wisher" Viewing - July 7, 2017

The Hare Krishna Temple would like to invited eveyrone to a special screening of Srila Prabhupada’s biography, “Your Ever Well Wisher”, this Friday, July 7, 2017 at 6:30pm in the temple.

Please come and witness the love and dedication Srila Prabhupada put in the order of his spiritual master and see the struggle he endured as he single handedly spread Krishna Consciousness all over the world for the benefit of all of us. 

Video: Snana-Yatra Festivities

On Sunday, July 2, 2017, the Hare Krishna Temple celebrated Snana-Yatra.  Snana-Yatra is a wonderful festival, wherein Deities of Lord Jagannatha, Lord Balarama and Lady Subhadra are bathed amidst amazing kirtan and chanting!  After the bathing ceremony (Snana-Yatra), Lord Jagannātha becomes "sick". He is therefore removed to His private quarters, where no one can see Him until the grand Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) festival!

Special thanks to Sathi Prabhu for capturing the event!  Check out the video from the festival below: