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Welcoming HG Kratu das this Sunday, May 10, 2015

Mon, 2015-05-04 12:05
This Sunday, Kratu das, a special guest will be speaking at our weekly Sunday Feast this Sunday, May 10, 2015.   Kratu das joined the Hare Krishna movement in 1970. It was right here in Toronto, in 1976, that he met Srila Prabhupada, and took initiation from him.

Since then, he has been traveling extensively around the world and sharing his realizations about bhakti-yoga. This Sunday, he will be giving the class at our Sunday Feast. We encourage you to come out to hear from Kratu das at the Sunday Feast!

Mridanga Meditations - Seminar REGISTER NOW!

Mon, 2015-05-04 08:00
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very excited to announce our next Mridanga course! With great success and feedback on our first Mridanga course in January, and a huge demand for another one, it's finally here! This mridanga course is for anyone and everyone - all ages and mridanga playing levels welcome! The course will be taking place over the long weekend of May 15th to 18th, 2015.

The course will be taught by Devala Prabhu, a young, second-generation Hare Krishna youth from Alachua Florida who is a masterful mridanga player. He will be facilitating the course at the temple and everyone is invited.

Course Details: Dates - Friday, May 15th to Monday, May 18th, 2015
Fee - $108 for 4 days (meals included)
Registration - Registration is mandatory and payment must be made before the course date (registration form at the bottom of this post)
Other Notes - please let us know if you will be bringing your own drum or if you need one
Contact -
                 Nipun at (647)466-7735


Sweet Rice Festival - Decorate & Offer a Pot of Sweet Rice!

Wed, 2015-04-22 16:54
On Sunday May 3, 2015 we will celebrate our Sweet Rice Festival for the second time! This festival will be filled with many festivities including a dramatic presentation by our very own HH Bhaktimarga Swami.

This year, you also have the chance of offering a pot of sweet rice personally to our Deities! Come see us at our Sunday Feast this weekend and purchase a clay pot that you can decorate and bring back on Sunday, May 3 during the Sweet Rice Festival to be offered to the Deities on your behalf.

If you have any questions, please email us at .

2nd Annual Sweet Rice Festival - Sunday, May 3

Wed, 2015-04-22 16:46
Our beautiful and beloved Deities, Sri Sri Radha Ksira-Chora Gopinatha, have been the heart and soul of our Hare Krishna Centre for over 40 years. Actually, Srila Prabhupada named our Deities in Toronto after a famous Deity of the same name in the beautiful and ancient city of Remuna, India.

Ksira means "sweet rice" and chora means "thief".  So, the name "Ksira-Chora" translates into, "one who steals sweet rice".  This famous Deity of Lord Krishna in Remuna was given this name after an incredible incident which occurred hundreds of years ago wherein the Deity actually stole a small pot of sweet rice for his devotee, Madhavendra Puri.

Madhavendra Puri, a great 14 century saint in our lineage, had visited the ancient temple in Remuna and saw the priests (pujaris) offering small pots of sweet rice to the Deity. In his heart, he desired to taste the sweet rice so that he could create a similar preparation for his personal worship of his own Deity.  Seeing the genuine sincerity in his heart, the Deity of the temple secretly hid one of the earthen pots of sweet rice offered every night and then appeared in the dream of the priest (pujari) and instructed him to locate the hidden pot and give it to Madhavendra Puri.  In this way, the legend grew of the Gopinatha Deity which stole sweet rice for his devotee and thus Deity became known as "Ksira-Chora Gopinatha"!

Many may not know this, but since our Deities were given their name in the early 1970s, sweet rice has been offered on our altar every day!  On Sunday May 3, 2015, we are celebrating an annual festival called the "Sweet Rice Festival" that began last year. We will be honouring Madhavendra Puri's appearance day on this day along with relishing the wonderful story of Ksira-Chora Gopinatha! We will also have a dramatic presentation by HH Bhaktimarga Swami, which you do not want to miss!

We hope to see you all there! Learn about our fun initiative that everyone can participate in by offering a personal pot of sweet rice to our Deities - click here for more information!

Narsimha Caturdasi Celebrations - May 2, 2015

Sun, 2015-04-19 17:35
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 father, Hiranyakashipu.

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!

Ratha-Yatra Launch Date! April 19, 2015

Thu, 2015-04-16 19:00
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)

Kitchen Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Shows

Thu, 2015-04-09 21:00
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.


Morning Class with Devamrita Swami - Apr 11th

Wed, 2015-04-08 20:00
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 Story of the Arrival of Our Deities!

Wed, 2015-04-01 12:13
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!

Deity Darshan: Rama Navami 2015

Wed, 2015-04-01 06:00
Darshan of Their Lordships on the occasion of Sri Rama Navami (Saturday, March 28th, 2015), the appearance day of Lord Ramachandra.

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Community Meeting - Development Proposal

Wed, 2015-04-01 00:30
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!)

Looking for Preschool Teachers!

Wed, 2015-03-25 11:55
Inspired by the success of Krishna conscious schools in various parts of the world, the devotees in the Greater Toronto Area are inspired to begin with a Krishna conscious pre-school in Toronto, Canada.  Below is the formal job description:

Full time preschool teachers required for a new Krishna Conscious preschool in the Toronto, ON, Canada Area. The school is scheduled to launch in Fall 2015.

Seeking role models of high moral character and strong Krishna Conscious lifestyle who can enthusiastically impart knowledge of Krishna consciousness.

A successful candidate for this position will possess the following skills and qualifications:

  • High ability to organize and multi-task
  • Professionalism, creativity and eagerness to learn
  • Loves working with pre-school children
  • Strong English language skills, including written and oral communication
  • A MACTE or AMI certificate is an asset.
  • Current First Aid / CPR Certification
  • At least one year experience teaching in a preschool environment

The salary will be commensurate to the experience and at par with the market standard. We will consider sponsoring work permits for suitably qualified individuals if necessary.

Please forward your CV and a covering letter - please be sure to include your answer to "Why do you want to teach at a Krishna Conscious PreSchool". For more information please contact -

New Vrindavan Festival of Inspiration Bus Tour

Tue, 2015-03-24 18:59
The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is currently looking for devotees who are interested in traveling, as a group, to the 2015 Festival of Inspiration, taking place at New Vrndavan in West Virginia!  The main information is as follows:

MAY 8-10

All the transportation, accommodation,  prasadam, kirtan, uplifting Krishna katha and association you can get!

  • Just the right mix of enlightening presentations by ISKCON’s best speakers
  • top-quality entertainment from dramas to stand-up comedy
  • rip-roaring kirtans
  • and mouth-watering prasad and so much more...

Limited seats available.  If interested, please contact Uttamananda Krishna das or Bhakta Nick today!  Phone: 416-922-5415. Email:

Rama Navami - Saturday, March 28, 2015

Mon, 2015-03-23 19:10
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre will mark the Appearance Day of Lord Rama (also known as Rama Navami). Lord Rama is the incarnation of Lord Krishna as the perfect monarch. He enacts His lila, or pastime, of killing the evil king Ravana and establishing virtue, by personal example, throughout His kingdom. The epic story of His transcendental adventures is told in the scripture Ramayana in which one reads of His unfailing devotion to His wife Sita and Their affectionate dealings with Lord Rama's many family members, particularly His devoted Brother, Lakshmana.

Celebrations will begin at 6:00pm and will include a special arati ceremony for Lord Rama and will be an extended program with plenty of festivities. More details to follow!

We hope you can join us for this auspicious occasion with your entire family!

Home Deity Worship Course - April 4, 2015

Mon, 2015-03-23 19:00
One of the many unique and amazing things about the Hare Krishna movement (ISKCON) is the incredible standard of Deity worship which has been established by our beloved founder, Srila Prabhupada.  Since the early days of our movement, incredibly beautiful Deities have been "installed" in temples all around the globe.  With impeccably high standards, these Deities are worshiped several times a day, given sumptuous offerings and cared for lovingly by highly trained pujaris (priests).

The culture of Deity worship is encouraged in the home as well!  Many aspiring devotees maintain altars (sacred spaces) at home where they can worship their own Deities.  While the standards may not be as high and stringent as those in the temple, devotees are encouraged to worship, with great care, the Lord in their home.

In an effort to help our devotee community learn about ways to serve the Deity of Lord Krishna at home, we will be hosting a special seminar entitled, "Home Deity Worship" on Saturday, April 4, 2015 from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.  The course will be faciliated by Jayananda prabhu, who will be visiting our Hare Krishna centres around the GTA from April 2nd to April 8th.  The one-day course is open to everyone!

Jayananda dasa serves as the North American Minister of the ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry, under the authority and direction of the GBC. He is personally trained in Sridham Mayapur by Jananivasa prabhu, ISKCON's senior-most pujari with over 40 years of service to Sri-Sri Radha Madhava and who received personal instruction in deity worship from Srila Prabhupada and was instructed by him to train other pujaris. Jayananda prabhu spends four months a year in Mayapur facilitating the annual pujari training course at Mayapur Academy, of which he is also a management member. Additionally, he performs many additional functions for ISKCON Deity Worship Ministry worldwide as the primary assistant of ISKCON's Deity Worship Minister, Nrsimha Kavaca Prabhu. While in the USA, he is based in the Mid-Atlantic area and travels among ISKCON temples to serve pujaris and leadership by offering training, guidance, and support.

To register for the course, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page!  We look forward to seeing you there!  (Please note, the same seminar will be taking place at both ISKCON Scarborough and ISKCON Brampton on Friday, April 3rd and Sunday, April 5th respectively).


March Break Gopinath's Kids Camp! March 19-21

Sun, 2015-03-15 00:10
The Gopinath's Kids Camp has been a one-day annual summer event since 2006. This year, Krishna'sFunskool is very happy to announce their second March-Break kids camp! This year, the camp will be held from Thursday, March 19 - Saturday, March 21.We promise three full days of interactive spiritual learning, yummy prasadam meals and lots of fun. See attached poster for details. 

To register your children, please click here.
We hope your children can join us for 3 fun-filled days!

Gaura Purnima Deity Darshan

Thu, 2015-03-12 01:38
Click below for full gallery of The Deities from Gaura Purnima celebrations on Thursday, March 5th, 2015. Gaura Purnima is one of the largest festivals at Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple. This festival is the celebration of the appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Over 500 years ago, in a special appearance, Lord Krishna personally came as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as His own devotee by propagating the chanting of the Holy names of the Lord in every town and village!

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Gaura Purnima Festival - Thursday, March 5, 2015

Mon, 2015-02-23 14:30
The Toronto Hare Krishna Centre would like to warmly invite you to join us for grand Gaura Purnima Celebrations on ThursdayMarch 5, 2015!
Gaura Purnima, one of the largest festivals at Toronto's Hare Krishna temple, is the celebration of the appearance of Lord Caitanya Mahaprabhu, who is none other than Lord Krishna Himself. Over 500 years ago, in a special appearance, Lord Krishna personally came as Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu and acted as His own devotee by propagating the chanting of the Holy names of the Lord in every town and village!
There will be festivities throughout the day, starting early in the morning at 4:30am! We encourage everyone to start this auspicious day on the right note. We will continue with bhajans (singing) at 3:00pm dedicated to the glories of Lord Chaitanya, which will flow right into the rest of the evening program.
The tentative schedule is as follows (subject to change):
4:30 am to 8:00 am - Mangala Arati and Morning Program8:00 am to 10:00 am - Special Caitanya Caritamrta Class 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm - Nectarean Bhajans for Lord Caitanya 6:00 pm to 6:30 pm - Arati6:30 pm to 7:20 pm - Class - Ananda Gauranga das7:20 pm to 8:00 pm - Abhisheka (Bathing of Deities)8:00 pm to 8:30 pm - Kirtan (Arati)
8:30 pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)
**Please note that the vegetarian feast will be following ekadasi guidelines (made without grains)**
A warm invitation goes out to you and your family for this larger-than-life festival as we celebrate the auspicious advent of the appearance of Lord Caitanya!

Register Now for ISKCON Disciples Course - July 31 - August 3

Mon, 2015-02-23 13:00
Please mark your dates for the second ISKCON Disciples Course in Toronto from Friday, July 31st - Monday, August 3rd. This course has been developed by the GBC (Governing Body Commission) and shall be a mandatory pre-requisite for all devotees accepting first OR second initiation by an ISKCON guru, effective Janmastami 2015. We encourage all devotees to try their best to attend and also request your help in spreading the word for the course.

This course will cover several important aspects, including:

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

The course will be facilitated by HG Laxmimoni devi dasi, who is a senior disciple of Srila Prabhupada. She has been involved in ISKCON educational projects since 1974. Now, she is a member of the GBC Ministry of Educational Development and a GBC Deputy.

We kindly ask anyone who is interested in attending to please fill out a preliminary registration form by clicking here.

Community Town Hall - Sun, Feb 22, 2015 - *** TO BE LIVE BROADCASTED ***

Fri, 2015-02-20 23:40
UPDATE - The Town Hall will be broadcast live right here on the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple website.  Please log in at 4pm on Sunday in case you are unable to join us in person!

We are very excited to announce that ISKCON Toronto will be hosting our next Town Hall on Sunday, February 22, 2015 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  You can also visit the Temple Council's website at

We hope to see you on Sunday, February 22nd - please feel free to pass along this warm invitation to your devotee friends!  Hare Krishna!

The ISKCON Toronto Temple Council