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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!Keshav
Updated: 3 weeks 12 hours ago

Mridanga Meditations - Seminar REGISTER NOW!

Fri, 2015-03-06 16:18

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


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

Thu, 2015-03-05 08:30
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 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

Siva Ratri - Celebrations this Sunday, February 22, 2015!

Fri, 2015-02-20 23:38
This Sunday, February 22, 2015, Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Siva Ratri.*
Siva Ratri literally translates as “the Night of Lord Siva.” Lord Siva is described as “the greatest Vaishnava (devotee of Lord Krishna)"; as such, this week's Sunday  Feast will be dedicated to honouring Lord Siva.

The tentative schedule is as follows:
6:00pm to 6:30pm - Arati6:30pm to 6:35pm - Welcome and Announcements6:35pm to 7:15pm - Class by HG Bhakti Yoga Prabhu7:15pm to 7:30pm - Abhisheka (bathing ceremony) for Lord Siva7:30pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)8:00pm to 8:30pm - Arati

*Please note that the actual day of Siva Ratri was on Tuesday, February 17, but the festival will be celebrated at the temple on Sunday, February 22.  

Sankirtan 101 Seminar - Friday, February 20th, 2015

Thu, 2015-02-12 00:29
"For one who explains this supreme secret to the devotees, pure devotional service is guaranteed, and at the end he will come back to Me. There is no servant in this world more dear to Me than he, nor will there ever be one more dear." (Bhagavad-gita 18.68-69)
Sharing Krishna consciousness with others is surely like an express highway to becoming dear to Lord Krishna and this coming weekend you will have an opportunity to equip yourself with the best tools and techniques in achieving this cherished goal. Gain inspiration and empowerment through a special seminar Sankirtan 101!

So whether you are a seasoned veteran, or just an aspiring book distributor, this seminar is for you! Please come, get inspired and inspire others through your desire to share Krishna consciousness!

The seminar will take place at the Hare Krishna Temple on Friday, February 20th from 6:30pm-8:30pm. For more information please contact 647.400.0564/

Deity Darshan: Lord Nityananda's Appearance day

Tue, 2015-02-03 12:22
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**UPDATED: Extended Program** Nityananda Trayodasi - Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015

Wed, 2015-01-28 19:30
One of the sweetest festivals of the year Nityananda Trayodasi (appearance day) will fall on Sunday, February 1st! A warm invitation goes out to you and your family to join us as we celebrate the advent (appearance) of Lord Nityananda.
Lord Nityananda (also known as Nityananda Prabhu, Nitai, Nityananda Balarama) appeared hundreds of years ago as Lord Chaitanya’s principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He is considered an incarnation of Lord Balarama.
This festival is a special one for ISKCON Toronto and often features very sweet, intimate and spiritually-soaked festivities! This year, we will begin with a 6 Hour Kirtan, starting at 12pm. Come join us as we celebrate Lord Nityananda through non-stop melodious kirtan, which will lead us straight to our Sunday Feast program that will feature a class as well as wonderful treat from our Sunday FunSkool!
Please join us!
Schedule (subject to change):12:00pm - 6:00pm: 6 Hour Kirtan (schedule and details will be up shortly)6:00pm - 6:30pm: Arati and Kirtan6:30pm - 6:35pm: Welcome and Announcements6:35pm - 7:20pm: Class7:20pm - 7:45pm: Presentation by Sunday FunSkool
7:45pm - 8:30pm: Kirtan and Arati at 8:00pm8:30pm: Vegetarian Feast

Join Us for the First Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) of 2015!

Tue, 2015-01-27 02:10
This coming Saturday, January 31st is the 1st Monthly Sankirtan Festival (MSF) of 2015!
It's an auspicious time of the year, decorated with many festivals. The theme for our first MSF - The Mercy of Lord Nityananda - coincides with this Sunday's festival of Nityananda Trayodasi.

Sankirtan is a Sanskrit term which means the congregational chanting and sharing of the names and glories of Krishna, which is the recommended process for spiritual success. In the Hare Krishna tradition, sankirtan is associated with sharing our spiritual culture with the public via the timeless books, translated by Srila Prabhupada.

We encourage you to come and join us for this very sweet festival, where we will share the mercy of Lord Nityananda by knocking on doors and give people an opportunity to share in our spiritual tradition!

We encourage everyone to come for the morning program that begins at 4:30am and as a treat, there will be a special themed Srimad Bhagavatam Class with a super amazing breakfast!

9:30 am - 10:30 am: Setting the mood and Training
10:30 am - 4: 30 pm: Door to Door Sankirtan
5:00 pm - Vegetarian Feast at the temple

For more information and to RSVP please contact us at . We hope to see you this weekend!

Seminar: Nectar of Instruction - Feb 8, 2015

Sun, 2015-01-25 19:00
On Sunday, February 8, 2015, the Hare Krishna Temple will be hosting a one-day seminar on the Nectar of Instruction.

Across five centuries comes this incredible guidebook of essential spiritual teachings. How to choose a guru, how to practice yoga, even where to live — you'll find it all in Nectar of Instruction, originally written in Sanskrit by Rupa Goswami, the greatest spiritual genius of medieval India.  Translated and illuminated by Srila Prabhupada, the Nectar of Instruction is the key to enlightenment for all seekers on the path of spiritual perfection.

From 10am to 3pm, everyone is invited to come to the to Hare Krishna Temple for a special course which will unpack the wisdom from the Nectar of Instruction.  Lunch prasadam will be served, hence the request for participants to register - so that we can plan for lunch.  The course will be facilitated by Uttamananda Krsna das, our resident scholar and brahmacari!  His recent travels took him to India wherein he completed his Bhakti Sastri degree from the Vrndavan Institute for Higher Education (VIHE),

The course is free of cost but donations are accepted!  If you would like to attend this course, please complete the course registration form below:


Blast from the Past - Ratha-Yatra 2004!

Sun, 2015-01-25 00:23
A quick YouTube search yielded some jewel-like videos - clips from Ratha-Yatra 2004.  These 10 year old videos show elements of the two-day festival over the course of the weekend.  With the entire community coming together to put on the festival, this video has plenty of fun little treats!

Join Us for the 3rd Anniversary of Tuesday Sanga!

Fri, 2015-01-23 21:15
On Tuesday, January 27th we will be celebrating the 3rd anniversary of Tuesday Sanga and HH Bhaktimarga Swami will also be joining us for this special gathering.

Since January of 2012, your ISKCON Toronto Temple has been hosting "sangas" which consist of an evening gathering which includes reading, chanting, interactive discussions as well as a feast. Sanga is nice weekday retreat that offers more intimate association than the hustle & bustle of our weekly Sunday Feast and a great we to reinvigorate your week.

Please join us this Tuesday for our special 3rd Anniversary celebrations and, of course, you are welcome to join us for any Tuesday!  We hope to see you soon!

Highlights from Sankirtan 2014

Thu, 2015-01-22 01:41
The year 2014 is already in our collective rear view mirror but that shouldn't stop us from taking a moment to appreciate all the amazing things that took place throughout the year!  The sankirtan spirit flowed throughout the year as a whole team of devotees dedicated themselves to sharing Srila Prabhupada's books with the public at large.  Here is a sweet video which captures some of the highlights of the year!

Reliving Nuit Blanche Kirtan

Wed, 2015-01-21 23:49
Several months ago, the City of Toronto hosted it's annual Nuit Blanche festival wherein entire swaths of the downtown core were transformed into giant art exhibits.  With the public encouraged to walk around and take in the sights and sounds all night long, the devotees from our Hare Krishna community took to the streets (in the middle of the night) and shared kirtan!  Here are the results:

Survey - Govardhana Farms: Farming by Devotees for Devotees

Wed, 2015-01-14 13:47
Fil and Sukhayanti devi dasi, two of our very own congregational members from our Toronto Hare Krishna community have just returned from a six month training period at the ISCOWP farm in West Virginia, USA.

They are very excited to start their own farming project here in Ontario so that, one day, they may be able to provide both the temples and the devotees with fresh and naturally grown vegetables, fruits, flowers, grains and milk products. But most importantly they are determined to establish a farm based on the principles that were laid down by Srila Prabhupada for society at large.

In the near future they would like to use their farm as a place where not only vegetables, other foods and flowers are grown but also as a place where the cows will be protected and loved and in which the bull will be trained to work the land.

Both Fil and Sukhayanti devi dasi are working hard on building up their project and need some help from all of you. Below you will find a short survey, by filling it out you will be helping them determine the demand for the different kinds of naturally grown vegetables as well as possible interest in supporting a cow protection program. Your responses and feedback will help them plan for this farm project!  Please feel free to fill out the survey, all responses are welcomed.  Hare Krishna!

(Photos Taken at ISCOWP Farm and are used with their permission)


Seminar - Bhagavad Gita: Practical Applications in Your Own Life

Sat, 2015-01-10 14:00

Are you a student? Or maybe you work for a living? Bringing up children? Caring for elderly parents? Do you see yourself as rich, poor, lonely, worried, concerned about where the world is headed? Or just struggling always? Was our life meant to be a struggle like this? Will it ever end? Is there any hope?

The Bhagavad Gita is a sublime conversation between Krishna and Arjuna from over 5000 years ago. But, the reader of the Gita may say, "I am not Arjuna, and times have changed, so we need a new philosophy, a new outlook, a new approach to life. What does the Bhagavad Gita have to do with all this? And even if the ideas were relevant, is there any practical application? Or is it all theoretical and philosophical, leaving us our daily struggle after momentary diversion with the Bhagavad Gita?"

Discover the timeless principles of the Bhagavad Gita that are sure to make your own life sublime. Join us at ISKCON Toronto on Saturday January 10th 2015, and tap into the wisdom of Sri Krishna, the source of supreme power and energy.

Come with your questions, take away direct, simple, practical applicable ideas and tips to make your life a success.  The schedule will be as follows (subject to change):

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Session One, talk and Q&A
7:00 PM - 7:15 PM - Short Break
7:15 PM - 8:00 PM - Session two, talk and Q&A
8:00 PM - 8:30 PM - Arati Kirtan
8:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Dinner Prasadam served

Registration: Free to attend, donations gratefully welcomed.

About the Speaker:
In 1971, His Grace Sriman Sankarshan Das Adhikari received initiation from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the Founder Acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness. For over 43 years, he has made it his life's mission to share the teachings of Krsna consciousness with everyone all over the world. Even though now in his late sixties, he still feels as enthusiastic as a 16-year old boy, as happy and blissful as the first day he came across the Hare Krishnas.

His Ultimate Self Realization Course is translated into multiple languages (join at has over 18,000 subscribers from over 100 countries, has initiated disciples within ISKCON all over the world. He is also the inspiration behind the Bhagavata Online Academy, an online spiritual education program with over 300 students enrolled for lifelong learning. He has authored two books, "Truth Works: Questions and Answers for Reviving Your Divine Existence" (now available around the world) and "Uttama Bhakti". He is personally available for your questions at

Two-Day Mridanga Course - Jan 17-18, 2015 -REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thu, 2015-01-01 13:14

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very excited to announce that we will be hosting a special two-day mridanga course for anyone and everyone - all ages and mridanga playing levels welcome!  The course will be taking place on January 17-18, 2015 from 10:00am to 5:00pm on each day.

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 two-day course at the temple and everyone is invited.

Course Details:
Dates - Saturday, January 17th to Sunday, January 18, 2015
Timings - 10:00am to 5:00pm (both days)
Fee - $70 for both days (lunch 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 - please see poster below for contact information

Ring in the New Year in Grand Fashion with Outdoor Kirtan!

Mon, 2014-12-29 12:58
There are numerous busy times of year for the Hare Krishna Temple here in Toronto when activities and events come in abundance and the temple is buzzing with excitement. The end of the year is certainly one of those times and is always a fun time for everyone as Toronto's Hare Krishnas are known for closing the calendar in style and ushering in the new year on a transcendent note! The following is your guide to spending New Years Eve with Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple!

As we do every year, devotees gather at the temple on New Year's Eve and then head over to City Hall to join the tens of thousands of revelers, ushering in the new year. However, we come armed with our drums, karatalas (cymbals) and voices as well!

Here's all that you need to know about this evening:
8:00pm - Kirtan will begin at the temple.10:00pm - The kirtan will really pickup by this time!10:30pm (approx) - Bundle up and off to Rosedale station.11:30pm - We will start chanting in front of Old City Hall (NE corner of Bay & Queen)12:00am - the kirtan will reach it's peak as fireworks set the sky ablaze!1:30am (approx) - We'll get back on the subway and make our way back to the temple for hot ginger tea and snacks!

Some tips to keep in mind for this evening:
  • Come early to the temple - enjoy the kirtan and association of devotees before we head out to City Hall.
  • Dress warmly - it will be chilly, so dress in layers!
  • Don't worry about weather - whether it be snow, rain, hail or sleet, we will usher in the new year with kirtan!
  • Bring your voices - don't forget to chant with all of your hearts!
To get a glimpse into what it's like to party with us, "Hare Krishna Style" on New Year's Eve, check out this video footage from our 2008-09 New Year's Eve kirtan!  We really hope to see you there!

Celebrate the New Year With Us! Srila Prabhupada Festival - Thursday, January 1, 2015

Sun, 2014-12-28 18:29
On New Year's Day, Thursday, January 1st, 2015, Toronto's Hare Krishna temple will be hosting our annual Srila Prabhupada Festival!  Promising to be a great way to start the new year, the festival is usually one of the biggest of the year.

The festival will feature plenty of kirtan, wonderful classes and as a special treat, a dramatic presentation presented by HH Bhaktimarga Swami to ring in the new year! 

Schedule (subject to change):

6:00pm - 6:25pm: Kirtan
6:25pm - 6:30pm: Welcome and Announcements
6:30pm - 7:00pm: Guru Puja
7:00pm - 7:05pm: Srila Prabhupada Marathon Finale!
7:05pm - 7:20pm: Class by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
7:20pm - 7:30pm: Presentation by Sunday FunSkool
7:30pm - 8:00pm: Class and Poetic Presentation by HH Bhaktimarga Swami
8:00pm - 8:30pm: Kirtan
8:30pm - onwards: Free Vegetarian Feast!