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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!Kevala-Bhakti Dasa (Keshav)http://www.blogger.com/profile/04593002396550453200noreply@blogger.comBlogger1430125
Updated: 18 weeks 2 days ago

Doors Open Toronto - May 27-28, 2017

Sat, 2017-05-13 09:00
On May 27th to 28th, the Hare Krishna Temple is participating in Doors Open Toronto. Annually, over 150 buildings of architectural, historic, cultural and social significance open their doors to the public for a city-wide celebration. While Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple is open, free of charge, to the public year-round, Doors Open presents an opportunity for the public to learn about the architectural and historical story of our amazing building!

Guided Tours will take place from 10am-5pm on Saturday May 27th and Sunday May 28th. Guided tours of the building highlight the architectural, historical and spiritual history of the building. There are also visual displays of media news clippings and interesting publications related to the building.

For more information, please visit the official Doors Open website by clicking here.  We hope to see you this weekend!  If you wish to volunteer, please contact us.

Mridanga (Drum) Lessons - Level Two

Sat, 2017-05-13 07:20
After a successful two-month beginners mridanga course, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very pleased to announce the next level of the two-month course - "Mridanga Course for Intermediates". A student should have completed the beginners course or at least have some basic knowledge of mridanga prior to taking this course as it is a prerequisite. The start date for the course and other particulars are mentioned below

This course will be taught by our resident devotee – Gopal Prabhu, a young, enthusiastic and energetic devotee who studied mridanga among other subjects in Gurukula in Vrindavan, India.

This course will build upon the basics learned in the Beginners Course and enable a student to play mridanga at a basic level in the Kirtan. This course will still be very valuable for mridanga players of others levels to perfect their technique and playing.

Tentative Course Details: 

  • Prerequisite: Beginners level mridanga course or basic mridanga knowledge
  • Dates: Starting May 13th - July 5th, 2017
  • Venue: ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple on 243 Avenue Road, Toronto
  • Timings: Wednesday (6pm -7pm), Saturday (10 am – 11 am)
  • Fee: $175 for the 2 months course
  • Registration: Registration is mandatory 
  • Other Notes: It is highly recommended that you have your own mridanga because you will need it for practicing, if you don’t have one and are interested to buy, please let us know we will try to make some arrangement.

For more information, please contact Hitesh Patel or Santosh Ravi.  If you are interested in taking the course, please click here to fill out the form and we will get back to you.

Video: Bhajan Night with Vaisesika Dasa

Sat, 2017-05-13 07:15
On Saturday, May 6, 2017, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple hosted a special bhajan night with Vaisesika Dasa.  As is the the tradition during his visit, this incredible evening featured kirtan, bhajans and melodious mantras.  The whole event was captured by Sathi Prabhu and can be seen below.  Check it out:

How I Became a Hare Krishna: Bhakti Yoga Dasa

Sat, 2017-05-13 07:00
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will be featuring an ongoing series on our website about how active members of our community became practitioners of the Hare Krishna faith.  Written by Krishna Rajesh, a young high school student in our community, this series will share devotees' personal stories of how they became Hare Krishnas!  Please share your encouraging words and feedback with a comment!

An International Story - Bhakti Yoga Dasa
By: Krishna Rajesh

For many devotees, the one question that goes unanswered is: “What can I do to contribute?” Often times, newcomers are surprised by the amount of enthusiasm devotees show towards doing service at the temple. And they are always eager for more. Devotees are also found agonizing over their contribution; thinking that it is not significant enough. Bhakti Yoga Das is an example of a devotee who made the best of all the opportunities he had and incorporated Krishna Consciousness into his life in the best possible way.

Bhakti Yoga Prabhu, formerly known as Bhisham Prasad Mishra, was attracted towards Krishna Consciousness at a very young age. He had a cousin who was already in the movement, and he received guidance to help reach his destination.

He was living in Guyana, South America, when he began what would turn out to be a divine journey in Krishna Consciousness. His cousin, Butadi Prabhu, had previously lived in New York for a while, where he was initiated by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Srila Prabhupada, the founder of our Hare Krishna movement. Through association, Bhakti Yoga Prabhu was inevitably pulled towards the temple. And on his first day, he had the opportunity to read the original Krsna book.

“It was a large volume…about twelve inches tall, with a silver jacket, and a picture of Radha and Krishna on the cover.”

That was his first introduction into Krishna Consciousness. And after one taste of the nectarine knowledge, he simply couldn’t get enough. He started going regularly to the temple in Guyana, every day after school, and sometimes he would even stay overnight on the weekends to attend the morning 4 am arati (morning service). He learned how to dress and follow the customs of a Vaishnava, which led to his very first sankirtan outing (outreach through book distribution and kirtan).

In 1980, he immigrated to Canada with his family. He originally lived in Hamilton, Ontario. On weekends and holidays, he would visit the Toronto temple. Eventually, a devotee from the temple used to come visit them. This was the start of a Sunday program in Hamilton.

“Later on, when I finished high school, I moved into the temple and stayed there for a couple of years.”

In June, 1982, while living at the temple, Bhakti Yoga Das met his eventual spiritual master, Gopal Krishna Goswami for the first time. Later on, in September of the same year, he got initiated (was formally as a student of his guru).

As one thing led to another, his thirst for spiritual bliss increased. He became increasingly inclined towards visiting India, and finally, with the blessings of his guru, he went to Vrindavan for the first time in 1985. During the six months that he spent there, Bhakti Yoga Prabhu learned Deity worship; a skill that would come a long way in the future.

“We had a shortage of pujaris (priests) at the time,” he remarks, “and because I wasn’t experienced, I was to tend to the smaller deities.”

After his lengthy stay in Vrindavan, Bhakti Yoga Prabhu returned to Toronto, where he helped in bookkeeping and used his newly acquired knowledge of Deity worship.

In 1989, he returned to Guyana, where he once again was greeted by Butadi Prabhu, who was now his Siksha Guru (spiritual guide). Taking into consideration the fact that he was still young, Butadi Prabhu arranged his marriage with Jahnavi Devi Dasi. After three years, Bhakti Yoga Das and Jhanavi Devi Dasi were married in Canada.

Haridas and Neela Madhava were soon new additions to their family. The couple wanted desperately to find a spiritual school for their sons. They traveled to many North American temples in search of a gurukula (Vedic school). Finally, they found a good gurukula in Mayapur, West Bengal, India. The family moved there, and lived there for about five years.

During their stay there, Bhakti Yoga Prabhu served as a managing director at an NGO called Shri Mayapur Vikas Sangha. They got grants from various countries and organizations for setting up primary schools, clinics, and training sessions for women in the villages near Mayapur.

At the end of five years, the family returned to Canada, where he resumed his service as a Pujari and even conducted a few seminars on Deity worship. He also began assisting a few devotees who wanted to start a temple in Scarborough. When the temple was established, Bhakti Yoga Prabhu was the acting Temple President.

Currently, he is working on establishing a temple in Milton with some enthusiastic devotees who are living there. He says that he hopes to continue spreading the Krishna Conscious movement, “I simply hope to be instrumental helping to make Srila Prabhupada’s vision a reality!"

Lord Narasimha's Appearance Day - May 9, 2017

Tue, 2017-05-09 07:30
On Tuesday May 9th, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Narasimha Caturdasi: the Appearance Day of Lord Narasimhadeva.  Lord Narasimhadeva is one of Lord Krishna's incarnations who appeared in the form of half-man and half-lion in order to protect his young devotee, Prahlada Maharaj, who was been persecuted by his evil father, Hiranyakashipu.

The festival will begin at 6:00pm and will include a discourse on the appearance and qualities of Lord Narasimhadeva, an abhiseka (bathing ceremony), a wonderful drama and enlivening kirtan!

We humbly ask everyone to join in on this auspicious celebration of Lord Narasimhadeva, who protects His devotees from peril.  The schedule for the program is as follows (subject to change):

  • 6:00pm to 6:30pm: Arati and Nrsimha Pranam
  • 6:30pm to 6:35pm: Welcome & Announcements
  • 6:35pm to 7:15pm: Discourse on Lord Narasimhadeva
  • 7:15pm to 7:30pm: Dramatic Presentation
  • 7:30pm to 8:00pm: Abhiskeka (bathing ceremony)
  • 8:00pm to 8:30pm: Arati
  • 8:30pm: Prasadam (vegetarian feast)


Welcoming Vaisesika Dasa & Nirakula Devi Dasi

Thu, 2017-05-04 14:00
Note: Most programs will be video broadcast and audio broadcast!

Toronto's Hare Krishna community is very excited to once again be welcoming Vaisesika Dasa and Nirakula Devi Dasi to our community from May 5th to May 7th!  Their visit will be punctuated by a whirlwind three days of seminars, classes, and book distribution!  The official schedule is as follows:

There will be programs daily from Thursday-Sunday. Please see the poster below and please come for as many programs as possible.  You can never have enough of this most enlivening association!

Official Itinerary:

  • Thursday (May 4th) and Friday (May 5th) - Srimad Bhagavatam Class @ 7:30 am
  • Friday (May 5th) - Becoming Ambassadors of Good Will @ 6:30 pm (Seminar in Temple Room)
  • Saturday (May 6th) and Sunday (May 7th) - Sankirtan Training @ 7:30 am 
  • Saturday (May 6th) - Sankirtan Outing @ 11:00 am 
  • Sunday (May 7th) - Sunday Feast @ 6:00 pm

Sankirtan Orientation Seminar - May 5-7, 2017

Thu, 2017-05-04 12:00
Sankirtan Orientation Seminar with Vaisesika Dasa
May 5-7, 2017

Srila Prabhupada’s mission was to write and distribute transcendental books far and wide so that they could change people’s lives. He has quoted that if even 1% of the people who encounter our books become devotees, it will change the entire world. As we are continuing to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of ISKCON, here is an opportunity to learn the art of distributing his books through a dynamic and hands on seminar.

We are very happy to announce for the first time, Toronto will be hosting a North America wide Sankirtan Orientation Seminar 101 (SOS 101).

SOS 101 will help you acquire the tools of trade by learning the nuances of book distribution, basic laws, codes of conduct and success stories along with hands on sessions in a fun filled environment. You’ll learn tips and strategies to successfully distribute Srila Prabhupada’s books to anyone and everyone.

This is a wonderful opportunity to attend as a family as we have hands on practical Sankirtan sessions to children as well! Join us for this enlivening course and boost your self-confidence.

Benefits of Attending:
  • master the art of book distribution
  • boost your self-confidence
  • feel happy and successful
  • stay motivated
  • strengthen your spiritual life
http://sankirtanorientationseminar.com/

Chaitanya Charan Dasa - April 27 - May 1

Sat, 2017-04-29 11:30
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will be welcoming Chaitanya Charan Dasa from April 27 to May 1, 2017.  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.

Official Schedule:

  • Apr 28th: 6pm-9pm - ISKCON Scarborough
  • Apr 29th: 10am-2pm  - Seminar at ISKCON Brampton
  • Apr 30th:  10am-1:30pm - Sunday Feast ISKCON Brampton
  • Apr 30th:  6:00pm-8:30pm - Sunday Feast ISKCON Toronto



Home Deity Worship Seminar - Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sat, 2017-04-29 11:00
As devotees of Krishna, have you aspired to transform your home into a small temple for God?  Have you ever desired to perform  personal service to Deities? Are you not sure how to do so authentically?  The Hare Krishna Temple is organizing an all-day seminar on Deity Worship with Bhakti Yoga Dasa.

This seminar will cover various topics, including how to:
  • pronounce mantras properly
  • perform achaman (water purification)
  • prepare bhoga (food) offerings
  • use paraphernalia for worship
  • apply tilak (sacred markings on the body)
  • performing arati
Seminar Details:
  • Seminar on Deity Worship
  • Date: April 30th 2017
  • Time: 10.00 am till 4.00 pm (lunch included)
  • Location: 243 Avenue Road - Green Room/Govindas based on RSVP
  • Speaker: Bhakti Yoga Dasa
Our sacred texts reveal that God has an authorized representation in the Deity form, which is called arcā-vigraha. This arcā-vigraha is an incarnation of the Supreme Lord. Lord Krishna will accept service through that form. The Lord is omnipotent, all-powerful; therefore, by His incarnation as arcā-vigraha, He can accept the services of the devotee. Click Here to Register for the Seminar!

"Engage your mind always in thinking of Me, become My devotee, offer obeisances to Me and worship Me. Being completely absorbed in Me, surely you will come to Me."
(Bhagavad Gita 9.34) 

Video: Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) Launch Day

Mon, 2017-04-24 11:41
On Sunday, April 23, 2017, the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple officially kicked off the countdown to the 45th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India), which is scheduled to take place from July 14-16, 2017.  The "Launch Day", as it has come to be known, provides a chance for our entire community to come together to offer their prayers to the Lord to allow us to present a vibrant festival to the entire City of Toronto!  The main highlight of the festival was a special fire ceremony wherein mantras and grains are offered into fire.  Check out some highlight videos below (note: a full video of the event will be posted soon!):




VRMA - A Small School with a Big Vision

Fri, 2017-04-21 09:30
Vedic Roots Montessori Academy (VRMA) was born in Fall, 2015 as a small preschool with a big vision – to become a leading Montessori school providing academic excellence with a spiritual foundation. We believe that a holistic education (addressing the mind, body and soul) can significantly contribute to a positive childhood experience, which research has shown, is linked to lifelong physical, mental and emotional well-being.

Over the last two years, VRMA has grown into a successful preschool in Toronto that combines the world-recognized Montessori curriculum with the values-based lessons on universal spiritual principles such as compassion, truthfulness, and empathy. VRMA also provides nourishing and balanced meals that promote the holistic well-being of our students in accordance with the ancient science of Ayurveda.

VRMA's first location at Yonge and Sheppard is running at maximum capacity, and they are ready to open multiple locations across the GTA as early as Fall, 2017. Their new locations will be selected based on demand, because they want VRMA to be as close to its students as possible.

Currently they are accepting pre-registrations for two age groups: Toddler (18 months to 2.5 years) and CASA (2.5 years to 6 years). The preschool will run full-time: Mon-Fri, (with optional after-school program).  If you are inspired to send your child to VRMA, please fill out their New Location Survey!

Cooking for Krishna - Indonesian Corn Fritters

Fri, 2017-04-21 09:00
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is starting a new online cooking series called "Cooking for Krishna" wherein delectable dishes from famous Hare Krishna cookbooks will be lovingly prepared and shown in a step-by-step fashion.  This series is presented by one of our very nice devotees of our Toronto Hare Krishna community, Lyudmila Mataji.  We hope you enjoy!  Please leave your comments below!


Cooking for Krishna - Indonesian Crispy Corn Fritters (Perkedel Jagung)
Prepared By: Lyudmila Tamahina
Preparation and Cooking Time: 40 - 50 minutes
Yield: about 25 fritters

Introduction
Today's recipe is from the famous Hare Krishna Cookbook, "Cooking with Kurma" by Kurma Dasa.  You can pick up your copy of this amazing book at the temple!


Step One - Ingredients:
  • 2 ½ cups ram corn kernels fresh from the bob about 3 or 4 large cobs
  • 3 large bot green chilies, seeked and chopped
  • ½ cup (125 ml) plain flour
  • ½ cup (125) rice flour
  • ¼ teaspoon (1 ml) baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) salt
  • 2 teaspoons (10 ml) coriander powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) sugar
  • ½ teaspoon (2 ml) cayenne pepper or chilli powder
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) yellow asafetida powder
  • Oil for frying
  • 6 candlenuts or large macadamia nuts
  • Up to ¾ (185 ml) cold water
  • Packed ½ cup (125 ml) chopped celery leaves and stalk


Step Two:Chop or crush the corn kernels to form a mixture of whole and semi-crushed pieces.


Step Three:Combine the flour, rice flour, baking powder, salt, coriander powder, sugar, cayenne and yellow asafetida powder in a large bowl.


Step Four:
  • Add three-quarters of the water to the bowl of flour and spices, and whisk it to form a very thick batter.
  • Fold in the corn, the nut powder, the celery and the chilies. Adjust the consistency with extra water if required, to form a thick but "spoonable" batter.


Step Five:
  • Place oil in 22.5 cm (9-inch) frying pan to a depth of 1.25 cm (½- inch) over moderate heat. When the oil is fairly hot, carefully spoon in 6-8 heaped tablespoons of butter, flattening them into circular fritters.
  • Fry for 3-4 minutes or until the undersides of the fritters are golden brown.  Turn the fritters over with kitchen tongs and fry them until the other side is also golden.
  • Remove and place on absorbent paper towels to dry.


Step Six:Serve Krishna first!


Step Seven:Serve Hot!

Our Sunday Feasts Captured in Photos

Fri, 2017-04-21 08:30
For the last two Sundays, one of our active members of our community, Sathi Prabhu, has been capturing some images of our weekly Sunday Feasts.  He has assembled them into short little YouTube videos.  Check out these great pics!






New Book: Art of Parenting

Fri, 2017-04-21 08:00
The ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry is happy to announce a new book: Art of Parenting, Principles & Practices.

Striking a balance between being a loving parent and a disciplining guardian, handling crucial years of adolescence and impact of television and media, practicing the timeless Vedic culture in this fast-paced era, harnessing and dovetailing the inborn potential of the child in the direction of the ultimate goal of life have long been the crucial challenges of parenting.

This book is a compilation of articles by disciples and grand disciples of Srila Prabhupada with highlights of excerpts from Srila Prabhupada’s letters, lectures and Bhaktivedanta purports which throw valuable light on matters of childcare, home and family, parental responsibilities, school and teacher, etc. This volume can thus help devotee parents steer clear of the many challenges of this world while keeping their families anchored firmly to spiritual teachings.

The book is available on the ​ISKCON Congregational Development Ministry website (http://www.iskconcongregation.com/product/art-of-parenting/) for only $6.99 (shipping not included).  Check it out!

New International Initiative: Bhakti Marriage

Fri, 2017-04-21 07:30
As an initiative to support the healthy development of our communities and individuals, the Congregational Development Ministry (CDM) of ISKCON is promoting Bhakti Marriages; a practical pre-marital course ​based on Srila Prabhupada’s instructions.​

The Ministry ​believes that the only way to have ​stable and​ successful marriages is to learn and apply the Vaisnava principles as given to us by Srila Prabhupada. For this purpose, this much-needed course is now offered to all the devotees wanting to have a conducive, Krishna-conscious and satisfying marriage.

The c​ourse consists of over 30 lessons which systematically takes you through the different necessary aspects ​of the Grihastha Asrama.

Srila Prabhupada said: “Both the girls and the boys should be trained up. Then they'll be responsible husband and wife and live peacefully.” (Room Conversation- Nouvelle Mayapur, France, 3 August 1976)

Register now at http://bhaktimarriages.com/ - you can learn more about the course via the video below!

Ratha-Yatra Launch Day - Sunday, April 23, 2017

Fri, 2017-04-21 07:00
With warmer weather finally arriving, the excitement surrounding the 45th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) is growing as each day passes!

Sunday, April 23, 2017 will mark the official launch of the countdown to this year's festival! The program will begin at 6:00pm and will continue to 8:30pm.

A special feature of the festival will be the chance for all devotees to observe a special fire yajna wherein auspicious mantras are recited and grains are offered into fire!

The festival schedule will be as follows (subject to change):
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
6:30pm to 6:35pm - Announcements
6:35pm to 7:15pm - Fire Yajna Ceremony
7:15pm to 7:30pm - Presentation
7:30pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)

Welcoming Niranjana Swami and Madhavananda Dasa

Tue, 2017-04-04 01:00
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is excited to welcome both Niranjana Swami and Madhavananda Dasa to our community from Tuesday, April 11, 2017 to Thursday, April 13, 2017.  They will be presenting a special three-day series program entitled, "Sadhu Sanga, Krishna Nama" which will feature a two-day seminar and a third day of kirtan.

Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu has taught that offering respect to others is essential for spiritual advancement. From the material point of view, offering respect to others is the symptom of culture. Any society that lacks an understanding of why and how to offer regard and polite veneration to others is in a dying condition. Similarly any individual who lacks such understanding is in a dying condition spiritually.

Schedule:
  • Seminar - Day One with HG Madhavananda Dasa
    • Tuesday, April 11, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Seminar - Day Two with HG Madhavananda Dasa
    • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
  • Kirtan Night with HH Niranjana Swami
    • Thursday, April 13, 2017 - 6:30pm to 9:00pm
Topics during the special two-day seminar will include:
  • how to offer respect to all, including non-devotees
  • the poison of faultfinding and Vaishnava aparadha
  • respecting secular and devotional authorities
  • respecting all types of devotees; 
  • respecting the Holy Name and guru
  • respect within marriage
  • respect to ladies and mothers
  • association with Vaishnavas of various levels
  • the basis of Vaishnava relationships: respect, service, and forgiveness
  • Krishna-kirtana and Krishna-katha as the basis of devotee relationships.
RSVP for this special three-day festival using the form at the bottom of this post.



Seminar: Nurturing with Nutrition

Tue, 2017-04-04 00:30
Seminar: Nurturing with Nutrition
with Brajamanjari Devi Dasi

"In Kali-yuga, the duration of life is shortened not so much because of insufficient food but because of irregular habits. By keeping regular habits and eating simple food, any man can maintain his health."
Srimad Bhagavatam (1.1.10)
Did you know that nearly 40% of calories consumed by children ages two to 18 are empty calories, the unhealthiest kinds of calories? Half of these calories come from sugary fruit drinks, cake, cookies, donuts, ice cream, pizza and more. These foods can create problems with digestion, congestion and allergies! And the immunity depends on healthy and vibrant digestion during childhood and beyond.

With just few simple dietary tips, you can make a huge difference to your child’s development: physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually!

Ayurveda, the ancient Vedic system of holistic healing, provides huge amounts of valuable insights into the diet and lifestyle of childcare. In this special seminar, Brajamanjari devi dasi will be sharing wisdom on the topics of:
  • Building natural immunity
  • Improving fire of digestion
  • Best food combinations
Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 4:00pm to 6:00pm
Location: Green Room
RSVP: education@torontokrishna.com

About the Speaker:
Brajamanjari dd is a Shakha Vansiya Ayurveda (SVA) Health Educator and Ayurvedic Nutrition Consultant. She has completed the SVA Pulse and marma cause with Vaidya Mishra and has undergone Ayurvedic Nutrition and Culinary training at Bhagavat Life institute,NYC


Lord Rama's Appearance Day - Tue, April 4, 2017

Sun, 2017-04-02 00:30
On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, Toronto’s Hare Krishna Temple will celebrate the Appearance of Lord Ramachandra - Rama Navami.

Lord Ramachandra is Krishna's avatar who ruled the earth as the ideal king. He appeared more than two million years ago. Under the order of His father, Lord Ramachandra lived in the forest for fourteen years, along with His wife, Sita Devi, and His younger brother, Lakshmana.

After the powerful demon Ravana kidnapped His wife, Lord Ramachandra rescued her, with the help of His faithful servant Hanuman, and killed Ravana along with Ravana's armies. The history of Lord Ramachandra's pastimes is recounted by the sage Valmiki in his Ramayana.  Everyone is welcome to attend this special festival!

Festivities will take place on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at the Hare Krishna Temple!

Special Collaboration with Chinese Dragon Dance Team

Sat, 2017-04-01 00:40
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is excited to announce that we have been collaborating with the Toronto Chinese Dragon Dance Academy for the last two months with the goal of sharing a special presentation to our community on Sunday, April 9, 2016.

The famous story of the Ramayana, an epic tale of conquest by Lord Ramacandra, will be presented by this special group of dragon dancers.  They will be incorporating elaborate Chinese dragon costumes, incredible martial arts and traditional Chinese drums as they present the feats of Lord Rama to our community.  Practices and rehearsals have been taking place over the last two weeks at our temple and final touches for the production are being made.

With special permission from the Dragon Dance Academy, we are excited to share some footage from one of the rehearsals that recently took place in our temple.  Check out the incredibly acrobatic video below!


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!!! Sadly, there will be no Chinese Dragon Dancers visiting our temple any time soon! (Check out previous years' Aprils Fools jokes from 201620152010, and 2009! If you fell for our little trick, please be sure to say so in the comments below!)