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Welcome to the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple's website where you can find the latest exciting news and events at Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre!Keshavhttp://www.blogger.com/profile/04593002396550453200noreply@blogger.comBlogger1134125
Updated: 1 week 5 days ago

Krishna's FunSkool Newsletter and New Session Starting Soon!

Sun, 2014-09-07 00:16
At Krishna's Funskool we've had a busy summer! Many fun activities, outdoor events, a 3-day kids camp,
dramas, workshops and parties too. Please check out our Summer Newsletter by clicking here for the highlights of these activities.

Please note that our new session for the Weekly Sunday Classes starts on Sunday, September 7th. We encourage you to pre-register your children so that we can prepare sufficient course material for all students.

Further, at ISKCON Toronto we are exploring various options for providing faith-based education to our community. Please take this 2-minute survey to give your opinion on setting up a Vedic faith-based pre-school/school for children in the GTA in the near future. We deeply value your time and input and consider it very crucial for the success of this project.

We thank you for your ongoing support and pray for your continued blessings as we start our new session and many other exciting projects.

Krishna FunSkool Team
Spiritual Values through Interactive Learning
416.844.2937

Radhastami Deity Darshan

Thu, 2014-09-04 23:58

September 2nd was Srimati Radharani's appearance day - Sri Radhastami. This day is extra special as it is also the 42nd installation anniversary of our presiding deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha. As always one of the highlights of the festivities was the amazing Darshans of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subadhra. See below our full album including darshans from Mangal Arati (4:30am) the opulent day outfit as well as the evening flower outfit!
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Seminar Sep 5th: Teachings of Lord Caitanya

Wed, 2014-09-03 18:35
To inaugurate, as well as to set the mood for the upcoming Maha-Mantra Week (5th-15th Sep), we have a fun and interactive seminar which will be led by His Grace Kala Prabhu. He is a disciple of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada and will throw his creative spin on how to best imbibe the Vedic teachings to lead a better quality life.

Here are the details-
Day: Friday, September 5
Timings: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cost: Free (Donations are welcome)

A sumptuous dinner will be served at the end. To help us plan better,  please register here.


Maha-Mantra Week! September 5th to 15th

Mon, 2014-09-01 01:50
When His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada stepped off the ship Jaladutta and arrived in Boston back in 1965, he bore just one desire in his heart: to share the impeccable glories of the Hare Krishna Maha-Mantra all over the world.
Within a span of just over a decade, he established hundreds of temples and inspired thousands. Today, he is celebrated in over 400 ISKCON centres for sharing the imports of the pristine Vedic knowledge!
This year from Sep 5th-15th, 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.
Featuring:
Srimad Bhagavatam Conference Calls 

Readings from the Bhagavatam in great association that is sure to inspire and intrigue you. Monday and Wednesday from 8:30pm - 9:00pmDial-in: 1-862-902-0260Conference code: 4504210
The 500 Distribution Challenge!
"Books are the basis". So help us bring them to others! We have at least a couple of sankirtan events in the pipes; how many can you come for? Just show up! Simple enough? Are you up for the challenge?
Special Events During the Week:
Inaugural Seminar: Teachings of Lord Caitanya
A presentation on the personality who actually gave us the Maha-mantra and traversed the planet only 5 centuries ago.Friday, Sep 5: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Cabbage Town Sankirtan Festival

Opportunity # 1 for taking up 'The 500 Distribution Challenge'. It will be a fun-filled outing with lots of kirtan, great memories and prasadam!

Saturday, Sep 6: 12pm - 3pm


Special Edition Tuesday Sanga
This day marks the anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's accepting Sannayasa. Come in for a wonderful sanga to mark this event.Tuesday, Sep 9: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Srila Prabhupada Movie Night 
An inspirational Thursday with viewing from "Following Srila Prabhupada" with butter popcorn and juice!Thursday, Sept 11: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Downtown Street Harinama 
Sway to Kirtan with pomp down the streets of Yorkville.Friday, Sept 12: 6:30pm - 8:30pm
64 Rounds Day 
Immerse yourself into the sublime depths of the Hare Krishna Maha-mantra in the association of others!Sunday, Sep 14: 4:30am onwards
It is going to be a busy 10, so will we see you all then? 

For further information, please feel free to contact-Hina: 647-989-1806 or 
email: toronto.sankirtan@gmail.com


Community Town Hall - Sunday, September 14, 2014

Thu, 2014-08-28 17:00
We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, September 14th, 2014 from 4:00pm to 5:30pm in Govinda’s Dining Hall.  This Town Hall will present an opportunity for our vibrant Hare Krishna community to come forward and engage in a productive, two-way dialogue about our Hare Krishna temple and community at large.

The Town Hall will begin with a small presentation from the ISKCON Toronto Temple Council, highlighting the successes, challenges and financial developments over the last several months.  After this, we will open up the dialogue to our entire community to share their thoughts, dreams, concerns and suggestions about how we can continue to grow our temple and community.

Please accept this as a warm invitation for you to come and attend our Town Hall.  We continue to host these Town Halls every three months in an attempt to increase the communication between the temple management and our dear congregation.

If you are unable to make it to the Town Hall, but would like to share some ideas, suggestions or feedback, please feel free to fill out our form by clicking here or email us at templecouncil@torontokrishna.com.  You can also visit the Temple Council's website at templecouncil.torontokrishna.com.

We hope to see you on Sunday, Sepetmber 14th - please feel free to pass along this warm invitation to your devotee friends!  Hare Krishna!

Sincerely,
The ISKCON Toronto Temple Council
templecouncil@torontokrishna.com
www.torontokrishna.com

Two of Our Toronto Devotees Caring for Cows

Thu, 2014-08-28 16:43
A few weeks ago, two of our young devotees from our Toronto community, Fil and Sukhayanti, moved to West Virginia where, close to New Vrindaban, there is a wonderful farm run by the International Society for Cow Protection (ISCOWP).  The main coordinator of the farm Balabhadra prabhu and he is currently training both Fil and Sukhayanti about farming and cow protection. Check out this inspiring video showing all the devotees in action as they greet some new calves to the farm!

Birthday Gifts for Srimati Radharani

Thu, 2014-08-28 10:28

The Hare Krishna Temple warmly invites you and your family to join us on Tuesday, September 2nd for Radhastami celebrations - celebrating the appearance of Srimati Radharani! Festivities will commence at 6:00pm, stay tuned for more details. 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. Some humble suggestions from the pujari and kitchen departments include:
Items for the Deities:
  •  handkerchiefs
  •  jewellery
  •  1 set of 14"-16" high  brown vases (colour to match with the Altar)
  •  medium size storage containers
  •  bindis
  •  soft towels for the Deities
  •  water filtration system (ask Brahma das for details)
  •  Deities' bedroom curtains (ask Brahma das for details)
Altar Cleaning Items:
  •  mop & bucket
  •  broom
  •  silver polish (twinkle brand preferred)
  •  brass/copper polish (twinkle brand preferred)
  •  wood polish
  •  laundry soap
  •  cleaning towels
  •  floor cleaner
Kitchen Items:
  •  small pots
  •  oven mitts
  •  kitchen towels
  •  medium size pots
  •  aprons
  •  electric hand blender
  •  electric hand whisk  
  •  electric spice grinder 
  •  professional salad spinner (5 gallon) 
  •  food storage containers 
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. We will have some gifts available for purchase on Sunday, August 30th as well as on Radhastami day. Of course donations of any kind are always warmly accepted! For festival sponsorship information contact Satyabhama devi dasi.



Janmastami Darshan 2014

Wed, 2014-08-20 00:47
August 17th, the Hare Krishna Temple celebrated the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!!!! As always one of the highlights of the festivities was the amazing Darshans of Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai and Sri Sri Jagannatha, Baladeva and Subadhra. See below our full album including darshans from Mangal Arati (4:30am) the opulent day outfit as well as the Midnight flower outfit!

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**Updated Schedule** Birthday Bash! Sri Krishna Janmastami - Aug 16-17, 2014

Sun, 2014-08-17 07:30
From Saturday, August 16th and Sunday, August 17th, the Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating the biggest birthday party of the year, Lord Krishna's appearance day - Sri Krishna Janmastami!!!!

The programs on both Saturday and Sunday will both begin at 4:00pm and will be full of kirtan, bhajans, discourses and more! On Sunday, 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!

On Sunday, August 17, free street parking will be available for festival attendees, located on Pears Avenue, a 2-3 minute walk from the temple. A schedule for the eventful day will be up shortly. Please stay tuned!

The schedules for both days are as follows:

Sunday, August 17, 2014
(subject to change):

3:00pm - 6:00pm: 3 Hours of Kirtan and Bhajans
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati
6:30pm - 6:40pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:40pm - 7:30pm: Class by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Drama by Funskool
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Arati
8:30pm - 8:45pm: Bhajan
8:45pm - 9:40pm: Conch Abhiseka
9:40pm - 10:00pm: Jewels of Bhagavad Gita
10:00pm - 10:30pm: SP Presentation 10:30pm - 11:00pm: Drama Presentation by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
11:00pm - 12:00am: Maha Abhisheka
12:00am - 12:30am: Midnight Arati
12:30am - 1:30am: Vegetarian Feast



ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book - Submit Your Offering!

Sun, 2014-08-17 07:00
ISKCON Toronto’s 2014 Congregational Vyasa Puja Book

Hare Krishna,

Please accept our humble obeisances.    All glories to Srila Prabhupada.

The appearance day of Srila Prabhupada is a very special occasion for all ISKCON devotees.    Srila Prabhupada appeared on Nandotsava – the day that Nanda Maharaja had a big festival to celebrate the birth of Lord Krsna (Sri Krsna Janmastami).   This year, Srila Prabhupada’s Vyasa Puja falls on Monday, August 18th and celebrations will be from 11am-3pm at ISKCON Toronto.

This day is known as Vyasa Puja because the spiritual master is a representative of Srila Vyasadeva who is the author of the Srimad Bhagavatam.    Vyasa Puja offerings are made by devotees who write and present personal messages to the spiritual master.   The Governing Body Commission (GBC) for ISKCON has stated that every devotee in ISKCON should write an offering to Srila Prabhupada on Vyasa Puja.  Therefore, as a new initiative at ISKCON Toronto, we would like to encourage all devotees in our community to write a personal letter, in the form of an offering to Srila Prabhupada for this year’s festival and, to further facilitate this process, we will be making a special ISKCON Toronto Vyasa Puja Book for 2014.   This book will be presented to Srila Prabhupada on the day of Vyasa Puja.   Following the program, the book will be on display for devotees to read all the offerings by devotees of our community.  Please note – doe to time constraints during the festival, we will not be able to have everyone read out their offerings during the main festivities.  However, devotees are welcome to privately do so before or after the festival.

In order to facilitate this whole process, pre-printed pages have been prepared and we are asking devotees to hand write offerings onto these specially-designed pages.   The maximum length of the offering is one page per person.   If you wish to type your offering, you can obtain a template here: http://tinyurl.com/SPofferings - typed offerings must be emailed by 8:00am on August 16th.  We will print out these offerings for you.   The hand-written offerings can be submitted in person at the temple, in the designated drop box, up until 11:00am on August 18th. Hand written offerings are encouraged.

We humbly encourage you to please take this opportunity to honour Srila Prabhupada with a personal offering!  Hare Krsna!

Your Servants,
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple


Guidelines for Your Written Offering:

  • Write your offering in the mood of a personal letter to Srila Prabhupada.  Write in a style as if you are addressing Srila Prabhupada directly (e.g. “Srila Prabhupada, it is by your mercy that I have come to Krsna consciousness.”)
  • The Vyasa Puja offering is meant for glorifying the spiritual master.    So offerings need to be made in that mood and not be used as a platform for airing one's grievances.  
  • You may wish to read the previous year’s Vyasa Puja offerings made to Srila Prabhupada by various senior devotees around ISKCON.    It may give you some ideas of how to express yourself.   These can be found here: http://prabhupada.krishna.com/homages
  • It is a courtesy to start your offering with Srila Prabhupada’s pranama mantras; we have already printed these onto the official pages.   A suggested opening is as follows: “Dear Srila Prabhupada, Please accept my humble obeisances.   All glories to you on this auspicious occasion of your Vyasa Puja.” 
  • The main content of the offering should glorify the role that Srila Prabhupada is playing in your life as well as express your indebtedness to him.   You may also include reports about your spiritual growth, how you are meeting challenges and how you are carrying out his orders.    
  • To end the offering it would be nice to show one’s appreciation and desire to please, by some nice phrase such as “Your Humble Servant” or something similar.
  • If you have any questions, concerns or challenges, feel free to write to us at SPofferings@torontokrishna.com 
  • Please note, the temple reserves the right to not publish an offering if it is deemed inappropriate.


Submission Requirements and Deadlines

  • Hand-written offerings must be submitted no later than 11:00am at ISKCON Toronto on Monday, August 18, 2014
  • Typed offerings must be emailed to SPofferings@torontokrishna.com no later than 8:00am on Saturday, August 16, 2014


Srila Prabhupada Vyasa Puja - Monday, Aug 18, 2014

Sun, 2014-08-17 06:30
In the wake of celebrations for one of our biggest festivals of the year, Krsna Janmastami, we will be celebrating one of the most important festivals for us as Hare Krishnas - Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja starting at 11am on Monday, August 18, 2014.

The Vyasa Puja festival is always held the day after Janmastami and the festival honours the appearance of our spiritual master His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada - Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

The program will begin at 11:00am with an abhisheka of Srila Prabhupada (bathing ceremony of a small Deity of Srila Prabhupada) and will continue with the arati, flower offerings (pushpanjali) and the reading of pre-written offerings from devotees in our community.  We hope to see everyone at this very important and sweet festival!

6 Hour Kirtan - Janmastami Special!

Fri, 2014-08-15 13:41
This weekend is jam-packed with festivities in preparation for Sri Krishna Janmastami and it all begins with a 6 Hour Kirtan on Saturday August 16, 2014! The kirtan will kick off right at 4:00pm and end with a grand finale at 10:00pm and will include sumptuous prasadam (vegetarian feast).


Please come and join us as we begin to celebrate the appearance of Lord Krishna this weekend!

Schedule (subject to change):

4:00pm - 4:30pm: Yura
4:30pm - 5:00pm: Pragya
5:00pm - 5:30pm: Caitanya Pandit
5:30pm - 6:00pm: Julia
6:00pm - 6:30pm: Radha Murari Kirtan Band
6:30pm - 7:15pm: Yagna Gauranga das
7:15pm - 8:00pm: Radha Mohan das
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Aruna Kesavi devi dasi
8:30pm - 9:15pm: Dhira Grahi das
9:15pm - 10:00pm: HH Bhaktimarga Swami

Janamastami Sponsorship Opportunities

Thu, 2014-08-14 23:30
ISKCON Toronto invites you, your family and friends to celebrate the weekend of our most significant summer festival of the year, Janmastami: the appearance of Lord Krishna. Festivities will take place over three days:

Saturday, August 16th, 2014: 4pm-10pm
Participate in the magical atmosphere of resounding kirtan with six hours of non-stop kirtan!

Sunday, August 17th, 4pm-midnight!
Sunday marks the actual day of Lord Krishna’s appearance. Come and enjoy the beautiful darshan of our deities Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinath in their splendid flower decorations and outfits (special darshan at midnight), swing baby Krishna in his opulent swing, enjoy an opulent feast and more! Free parking has been arranged on Pears Avenue (visit our website for more information).

Monday, August, 18th 11am-3pm
Vyasa puja or the celebration of the appearance of His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder-Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

For more information visit janmastami.torontokrishna.com
There are a number of sponsorship opportunities for this grand festival:

Janmashtami Feast: $1501
Maha-Abhishek with jeweled conch: $751(Sponsors get to bathe Sri Sri Radha Krishna and to take home the conch as well as a special souvenir gift)
Abhishek: $401 (Sponsors get to bathe Sri Sri Radha Krishna and to take home a special souvenir gift)
Flower Decorations: $1001
Garlands: $750
Festival decorations: $500
Sponsor Jhula: $2000
Arati during the day: $51
Sponsor Special Midnight Arati: $108
Butter For Lord Krishna: $501
Cake: $351, $251, $175

For more information about sponsorship please contact satyabhama@torontokrishna.com

CDM - Ceto Darpana Marjanam This Saturday!

Thu, 2014-08-14 14:18
Please join us this Saturday August 16th, 2014 when we are going to clean the temple once again! On the third Saturday of the month, devotees have gotten together for Ceto Darpana Marjanam (CDM) to focus on cleaning the temple and cleaning our hearts. This month's CDM is extra special as we all gear up for the weekend festivities of Sri Krishna Janmastami!

As always, the day is guaranteed to be packed with service, fun, and of course prasadam (vegetarian feast). So please come out and join us! Your association will be appreciated and it's a great way to start the weekend's festivities.

Here are the details:

Date: Saturday August 16th, 2014
Time: 10:00 AM sharp to about 2:00 PM
What to wear: Clothes that you are willing to get a little dirty.
What to bring: Just yourself! We'll provide everything else you'll need.

If you have any questions about CDM or want to RSVP, feel free to contact us at psenaToronto@gmail.com.

Lord Balarama's Appearance Day - Aug 10, 2014

Fri, 2014-08-01 10:39
Sunday, August 10, 2014 marks the auspicious appearance day (birthday) of Lord Balarama, Lord Krishna's older brother! Lord Balarama symbolizes strength and compassion and we invite you to take part in the celebrations at the Hare Krishna Temple.

The  festival will kick off at 6pm with kirtan and will feature a special spiritual discourse on Lord Balarama. After the class, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will present the Fifth Annual Balarama's Bake-Off! Members of the community would have been assigned pastimes of Lord Balarama and have been challenged to come up creative sweet items related to Lord Balarama. The participants will then present their offerings in a fun and creative way. You won't want to miss it! Festivities will conclude with more kirtan and a huge vegetarian feast! 

August 10 is also the last day of Jhulan Yatra. A specially decorated swing will be arranged by the devotees for Sri Sri Radha and Krishna to sit and and accept the flower offerings from the devotees. Please join the festival and get a rare chance to personally swing their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Krishna.

Finally, following Balarama Purnima, the countdown for Sri Krishna Janmashtami starts, the biggest birthday bash in town for Lord Krishna. This year, Janmashtami falls on Sunday, August 17, 2014. To make the most of that weekend, we will be having exciting activities from Saturday, August 16 to Monday, August 18. Please mark your calendars and join us in creating a spiritually charged Krishna Conscious long-weekend.  More information about what to expect will be coming your way soon!


Extended Summer Gopinath's Kids Camp - August 7 - 9, 2014!

Wed, 2014-07-30 00:01
Imagine a day full of games, laughter, delicious prasadam, chance to make new friends and especially, NO PARENTS! ISKCON Toronto is providing just that and more for the younger members of our community with the 8th Annual Gopinath's Kids Camp!

This year, the 8th Annual Gopinath's Kids Camp will be held from Thursday, August 7th to Saturday, August 9th from 9:00am - 5:00pm, strictly for kids aged 4-12 years. We are extending our annual one-day camp to a three-day camp and it will provide an opportunity to ignite the spiritual spark in our children while doing fun and interactive activities that they enjoy. In addition to outdoor games, some of the primary activities being planned for the day are a Mega Scavenger Hunt, fun cooking classes, learning how to play different musical instruments, sumptuous prasadam and many fond memories.

 All this and much more for registration fees of only $25 per day or $60 for all three days! You can register at the temple or use our online form by clicking here (last day to register is August 5th). For further information, please don't hesitate to email us at kids@torontokrishna.com.

GVT Presents Second Annual Couples Retreat in Gita Nagari

Sun, 2014-07-27 18:00
The Grihasta Vision Team, a dynamic and progressive group of senior devotees in ISKCON are excited to present their annual Couples Retreat!

2014 Couples Retreat
Sept 12-14, 2014
Gita-Nagari Yoga Farm
Port Royal, Pennsylvania
U.S.A.

Themes:
Friday:   Friendship
Saturday:  Humility
Sunday:  Compassion

This retreat is designed to help you take your relationship to a higher level. Whether that’s from ‘Wish it was better’ or from ‘Pretty good to great’.  Two and a half days of:

  • Filling your emotional bank accounts,
  • developing connection,
  • respectful speaking, trust,
  • finding out what men and women want,
  • respect, appreciation, dealing with core hurts
  • and much more.  

 In an uplifting atmosphere of potent association and hearing and chanting. For more information, call Krsna Nandini devi dasi at (216) 321-0930.


Festival of India: Ratha-Yatra July 12-13th!

Fri, 2014-07-11 08:36

Please visit www.festivalofindia.ca for more information!The past four decades have witnessed the Festival of India blossom into one of Toronto’s most dazzling, head-turning summer events. And in 2012 the chariots and festivities rolled into the city for the 40th time. This year again be sure to mark your calendars and come visit the 42nd Annual Festival of India (also known as Ratha-Yatra) from July 12th – 13th, 2014 for an unforgettable experience.
The event begins with a euphoric parade down world-famous Yonge Street (beginning at Bloor and continuing south to Queens Quay). The celebrations then shift to Centre Island for two days of festivities expected to draw close to 40,000 people.
Parade
Toronto’s 42nd Annual Festival of India will launch with a spectacular parade on July 12th at 11:00am that will cruise down Yonge Street, beginning at Yonge & Bloor, and make its way down to the lake. During the parade, three ornate, 40-foot tall floats will be hand-pulled by participants amidst ecstatic singing, drumming, and dancing creating a wondrous, carnival-like atmosphere.

Parade participants and spectators are encouraged to join in the excitement by singing and chanting along to the world-famous Hare Krishna mantra:

Hare Krishna, Hare Krishna, Krishna Krishna, Hare Hare;
Hare Rama, Hare Rama, Rama Rama, Hare Hare

For the past 41 years, this annual parade has brought the splendor and tradition of India’s spiritual roots to Yonge Street, generating a vibe like no other summer event in the Greater Toronto Area.

Parade Information:Time: Saturday July 12th 2014 – 11:00 am to 2:00pm

Parade is only on the Saturday and begins at 11am at Yonge and Asquith, north of Yonge and Bloor near the Toronto Reference Library. The closest TTC subway station is Yonge/Bloor station. The parade goes down Yonge street and ends at Queens Quay and Freeland St.

Click here for the Parade route in Google Maps

Centre IslandAfter the parade on Yonge, Festival of India celebrations continue for the remainder of the weekend at Centre Island. Festival attendees will be treated to a sumptuous and FREE vegetarian feast along with a host of other family-friendly activities, including:

  • a massive, outdoor tented pavilion
  • acclaimed music, dance, & drama performances – Arts & Culture
  • a bustling South Asian Bazaar – Vendors
  • intriguing exhibits on ancient spiritual culture and heritage
  • traditional face-painting
  • a fun-filled and educational children’s area including yoga for children

The festival is open to and free for the all. With its diverse assortment of celebrations and activities, the 42nd Annual Festival of India at Centre Island is sure to offer something for everyone!

Ratha-Yatra Sponsorship and Donation Opportunities

Thu, 2014-07-03 14:49
Ratha-Yatra: Festival of India is fast approaching on July 12th- 13th, 2014! Festivities begin with a colorful parade down Yonge Street with three 40-foot tall floats hand-pulled by thousands of participants amidst drumming, chanting and dancing. The main festival continues for the remainder of the weekend, on the beautiful Centre Island (please visit www.festivalofindia.ca for more information on the festivities). We’re always committed to make our festivals better each year. Over 30,000 plates of free prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food) are distributed during this festival. In order to make this happen we need support from our community, every bit counts so please help us make this happen! Here are some of the ways you can help:Sponsor the route:The 3500m route from Yonge and Bloor down to the waterfront represent's Lord Jagannatha's (Krishna's) symbolic journey from  Dwarka to Vrndavan. Help make this journey possible by sponsoring a portion of the route for $5/m. Sponsor prasadam distribution:Over 30,000 plates of free prasadam (sanctified vegetarian food) are distributed during this festival. This requires an immense amount of bhoga (ingredients) as well as supplies like plates and cutlery. Please contact Satyabhama devi dasi at satyabhama@torontokrishna.com for more information about prasadam related sponsorship.Other Sponsorship/General donations: You can also sponsor flowers, garlands, chariots and more! Some details can be found on flyer above, please contact Satyabhama devi dasi at satyabhama@torontokrishna.com for more information. Of course general donations of any amount towards the festival are always accepted!

Canada Day Harinama! - July 1, 2014 - 1pm to 5pm

Mon, 2014-06-30 09:02
What can be a better way for devotees to celebrate Canada Day than going out on the Fourth Annual Canada Day Harinama (outdoor chanting and dancing)?  It has been our Hare Krishna tradition to celebrate Canada Day by hitting the streets with chanting and dancing!

The main goal of this event is to invite as many people as possible to the upcoming RATHA-YATRA (FESTIVAL OF INDIA) by distributing cards! It will be an opportunity for us to create a buzz for the upcoming festival!

Let's all head out to the streets of downtown and share the sweet sounds of kirtan with everyone as a perfect gift for Canada Day

Time:
Everyone is asked to meet at the temple at 1:00pm, especially for those who would like to get dressed up, have gopi-dots painted, tilak, etc. and then head out at 2pm.

Where:
We will update everyone as to where we will head out! The harinama will take place either at Yonge-Dundas Square or the Waterfront!

What to Bring:
- TTC subway fare
- bottle of water
- your SMILE :)
- hat or sunglasses (if you like)

Please dress in the best vaishnava (devotional) attire so we can present Krishna Consciousness in the most beautiful way. Prasadam will be provided for all of devotees after we come back, (by around 5:00pm).

How You Can Help:
- dance in a coordinated style
- give out Ratha-Yatra cards
- distribute books
- give out lollipops
- hold Mahamantra banner or balloons
- take pictures and videos
- help to cook for Harinam participants
- or just wave and smile at people! :)

Please contact Anshul (647-708-6921), Puneet (647-786-0241), Yuriy (647-302-6653) or Tara (647-707-8272) if you have any questions.

Please message us and let us know how you would like help!