Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple

Toronto's Hare Krishna Centre (ISKCON Toronto), has always been the hub of a rich, vibrant and enthusiastic community. Whether it be grand festivals, programs at local universities and yoga studios, philosophical discussions, cooking sessions, or singing and dancing on the streets, there are events taking place for everyone's interest.

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Siva Ratri Celebrations - February 26, 2017

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple will be celebrating Siva Ratri on Sunday, February 26, 2017.

Siva Ratri literally translates as, "the night of Lord Siva". Devotees of Lord Krishna view Lord Shiva as the greatest Vaishnava (devotee of Vishnu), based on Srimad-Bhagavatam, 12.13.16 says this (among other things) about Lord Shiva: vaishnavanam yatha shambhu, “Amongst all Vaishnavas, Lord Shiva is the best."

On this special Sunday, we will learn more about the great qualities and pastimes of Lord Siva. We extend a special invitation to you and your family to join us for this special festival!

Two-Month Mridanga Course for Beginners

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is very pleased to announce that we will be starting a two-month Mridanga Course for beginners, but everybody across all age groups and levels are welcome for this course. 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 from Vrindavana, India.

This course is primarily aimed for beginners to build the foundation for learning the art of mridanga. This course will still be very valuable for mridanga players of others levels to perfect their technique and playing.

Tentative Course Details: 

  • Dates: Starting on Saturday March 11th
  • Venue: ISKCON Hare Krishna Temple on 243 Avenue Road, Toronto
  • Timings: Wednesdays (6pm -7pm), Saturdays (10 am – 11 am)
  • Fee: $150 for the 2 months course (non-refundable)
  • Registration: Registration is mandatory and payments must be made before Saturday March, 4th 2017 (Payment instructions will follow)
  • 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.  
Contact: Hitesh Patel or Santosh

If you're interested in taking the course, please click here and fill up the form and we will get back to you soon.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Video: Reliving the Sankirtan Spirit of 2016

Earlier this year, our Toronto Sankirtan Team unveiled a beautifully-made video which highlighted some of the accomplishments during the year 2016.  This year promises to be filled with more sankirtan - sharing our spiritual knowledge and culture with everyone in Toronto!  Check out the inspiring video below!

Video: A Vlogger's Take On Our Temple!

We recently ran into a simple little video, made by a Vloggers "Ki & Kesh".  They put together a nice little video about our temple on New Year's Day. It offers a nice perspective on the grand celebrations that took place on that day.  Check out their video below.


Sunday, February 5, 2017

Nityananda's Appearance Day - Wed, Feb 8, 2017

We warmly invite you, your family and friends to the observance of the appearance anniversary of Lord Nityananda on the evening of Wednesday February 8, 2017.

Nityananda Prabhu appeared as Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's principal associate for spreading the congregational chanting of the holy names of the Lord. He appeared in 1474 in the village of Ekachakra, now in West Bengal. He especially spread the holy name of Krishna throughout Bengal. His beauty was so enchanting and He was so full of ecstatic love for Krishna that, wherever He moved, crowds of people would follow and become lovers of God. He is considered an incarnation of Krishna's principal expansion, Balarama.

We encourage you to wear your best blue outfits in honour of Lord Nityananda.

Festival Schedule (subject to change)

  • 6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
  • 6:30pm to 6:35pm - Welcome & Announcements
  • 6:35pm to 7:15pm - Special Lecture Presentation
  • 7:15pm to 7:30pm - Bhajan
  • 7:30pm to 8:00pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam) 
  • 8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)


Krishna Funskool Kids Camp - March 13 to 17, 2017

Join us for five full days of fun-filled days of interactive spiritual learning; complete with daily themes, art and crafts, mantra meditation, yoga, music, fun cooking classes and much more – in a safe environment providing ample space and security.

Sumptuous breakfast, lunch and snack prasadam will be provided.  The camp will run for five days Monday, March 13th to 17th from 9:00 am to 5:00pm. You can register your child for one, more or all five days.

Please pre-register your child by filling up the form (click here).  Registration Fee:  $25 per day or $100 for all five days

You can complete the payment for registration in the following ways:

  1. In Person - On Sundays at ISKCON Toronto between 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. at the Front Desk. Please indicate the name of your child, age and March Break Kids Camp while making the donation.
  2. Online using PayPal/interac/EMT via donate@torontokrishna.com - Please add the name of your child, age and March Break Kids Camp in the description line.
  3. By Cheque payable to ISKCON Toronto

For more information please contact kids@torontokrishna.com

Sunday, January 22, 2017

"Swami in a Strange Land" Book Featured by Writer

Freelance writer, Bridgitte Jackson-Buckley, recently conducted on interview of Yogesvara Dasa (Jushua M. Greene) who is the author of "Swami in a Strange Land".  Please note, if you would like to purchase a copy of this book, we have them available at our temple!  Check out the article below:

Imagine, if you will, boarding a cargo ship at 69 years-old to leave your home country for the first time in your life. You’ve set out on a month-long journey to go to a country where you don’t know one single person.

During the journey you suffer from sea sickness, dizziness, vomiting and also have two heart-attacks. After 37 days you arrive in the United States of America with an umbrella, a small supply of dry cereal, about forty Rupees ($7.00), several boxes of books and your life-long mission to bring Krishna Consciousness to the West.

This is the story of A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, founder of ISKCON (The International Society for Krishna Consciousness) and how he brought Krishna Consciousness to the West.

Swami in a Strange Land, by Joshua M. Greene, is an exceptionally well-written biography that intricately chronicles a story of love, devotion, courage and possibility. Prabhupada’s life story beautifully demonstrates the quintessential example that “You can start with nothing, and out of nothing and out of no way, a way will be made.” [Read More]


A Quick Guide to Practical Themes in the Gita

There is a neat little graphic that is circulating around the internet amongst devotees that offers a "quick reference guide" to key verses in the Bhagavad-Gita As It Is.  It shows the verses in the Gita, grouped by topic or theme.  Check it out below!


ISKCON Project Wins UNWTO Award

The United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is the United Nations agency responsible for the promotion of responsible, sustainable and universally accessible tourism. It is the leading international organization in the field of tourism, which promotes tourism as a driver of economic growth,inclusive development and environmental sustainability and offers leadership and support to the sector in advancing knowledge and tourism policies worldwide. It encourages the implementation of the Global Code of Ethics for Tourism to maximize the contribution of tourism to socio-economic development, while minimizing its possible negative impacts,and is committed to promoting tourism as an instrument in achieving the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), geared towards reducing poverty and fostering sustainable development.

UNWTO generates market knowledge, promotes competitive and sustainable tourism policies and instruments, fosters tourism education and training, and works to make tourism an effective tool for development through technical assistance projects in over 100 countries around the world.

UNWTO’s membership includes 157 countries, 6 territories and over 500 affiliate members representing the private sector, educational institutions, tourism associations and local tourism authorities. Its headquarters are located in Madrid, Spain.

Since its first Ceremony in 2003, the UNWTO Awards for Excellence and Innovation in tourism are held annually to highlight and promote the work of organizations and individuals around the world that have greatly impacted the tourism sector. Their achievements have served as an inspiration for competitive and sustainable tourism development and the promotion of the values of the UNWTO Global Code of Ethics for Tourism and the Sustainable Development Goals.

This year, at the 2017 awards, the ISKCON Govardhan Eco-Village, based out of Maharashtra, India won a top award!  The award was won in the category of "Innovation in Non-Governmental Organizations".  Check out the video below (forward to the 1:05:35 mark):




More About Govardhan Eco-Village:

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari - Jan 12-15, 2017

Toronto's Hare Krishna Temple is excited to welcome back Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari to the Greater Toronto Area from Jan 11-16, 2017.  Traveling across the globe, Sankarshan Dasa Adhikari is a teacher, author of several books, and personal mentor and guide to tens of thousands in over 100 countries.  He explores and makes knowledge from the ancient Vedic scriptures relevant to us in modern times.

Together with his wife and teaching partner, Vishnupriya Devi Dasi, he brings the purity of an ancient tradition, makes it easily accessible and applicable, and lays out a clear process to escape the clutches of our difficult lives.

He shares deep spiritual insights and practices through his famous Ultimate Self Realization Course, a combination of email education, live classes over the Internet, and in-person live classes, seminars, workshops, all delivered lovingly as a service to humanity, without any barriers of fees or commercial exchanges. For an archive of his teachings, see www.sda-archives.com.

Sankarshan Das Adhikari joined the Hare Krishna movement and received initiation from His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada in 1971. Since then, he has been serving his spiritual master's order sincerely and enthusiastically. He is an initiating spiritual master within the International Society for Krishna Consciousness.

Official Program Schedule:

  • Friday Jan 13, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    ISKCON Brampton - The Six Loving Exchanges [Register]
  • Saturday Jan 14, 2017 - 8:30am - 1:30pm
    ISKCON Scarborough - Karma, Destiny, Free Will, and Reincarnation [Register]
  • Saturday Jan 14, 2017 - 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    ISKCON Toronto - The Holy Name of God - Krishna, Allah, Jehovah, Buddha, Govinda [Register]
  • Sunday Jan 15, 2017 - 7:30am - 11:00am
    ISKCON Brampton - Initiation Ceremony (All Welcome to Attend)
  • Sunday Jan 15, 2017 - 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    ISKCON Brampton, Sunday Feast Class
  • Sunday Jan 15, 2017 - 6:30pm - 7:30pm
    ISKCON Toronto, Sunday Feast Class

Everyone is warmly welcome to attend all of these exciting programs!