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.

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Gita Jayanti - Saturday, Dec 10, 2016

On Saturday, December 10, 2016, the auspicious festival of Gita Jayanti will be celebrated at the Toronto Hare Krishna Temple. Gita Jayanti marks when Lord Krishna expressed the truth of life and the philosophy of the Bhagavad-Gita to his student, Arjuna.

The Bhagavad-gita continues to be one of the world's most popular and inspiring books, covering topics such as the immortality of the self, the origin of all existence, how to remain peaceful in the most trying circumstances, and the relationship between us and God.

To celebrate Gita Jayanti, we will be reading the entire Bhagavad-Gita between 4:30pm and 7:30pm.  We will alternate between reading Sanskrit and English chapters.We warmly invite you and your family to come join us for this very special festival this Saturday.

Srimad Bhagavatam - The Perfect Gift

Srimad Bhagavatam - Bring Auspiciousness Home & Help Preserve Vedic Wisdom

This holiday season, take the perfect gift for your family & friends - a set of Srimad Bhagavatam (Bhagavat Purana), also called ‘the ripened fruit of all Vedic literature’. The complete Srimad Bhagavatam set contains 12 cantos in a beautiful 18 volume hardbound set, and is available also in Hindi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Telugu, and many other languages. Click here to get a glimpse into the Srimad Bhagavatam!

In order to share this gift widely, it is being offered at a discounted price of $299, or only $29/month on a payment plan (offer ends Dec 31st). Please reserve your copy now before we are sold out! If you already have the Srimad Bhagavatam, we are making the entire nine volume Caitanya Caritamrita available for just $99!

Please help us preserve these priceless gems of Vedic wisdom for the generations to come!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Sastra Dana - The Gift of Knowledge

The world today is undergoing a major crisis; people are experiencing an all-time high level of stress, with insecurity and temporariness of life plaguing all walks of life. Spiritual books like Bhagavad-Gita and Srimad Bhagavatam (the Bhagavat Purana) help alleviate these issues by bringing superior knowledge and happiness into people's lives.

In the Bhagavad-Gita, Sri Krishna states, “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.” (BG 18.68 & 69).

Thus, we are asking for your help with “Sastra Dana” or sharing of knowledge, by sponsoring Bhagavad-Gitas or other Vedic texts. For example, sponsoring 108 hard-bound Bhagavad-Gitas is $1,080, 108 soft-bound Gitas is only $540, and 108 other smaller Vedic books is $216. You can give as much as your heart desires. There is no minimum, and no maximum, the whole world is in dire need of this literature. Please note that your kind donations towards Sastra Dana will be tax deductible.

Over the last five years, by the generous support of our donors, the Sastra Dana Team has placed over 55,000 books in close to 500 locations! This year, we continued placing and replenishing copies of the Bhagavad Gita As It Is in hotels and motels all over Ontario as well as, in hospitals, community/welcome centres and cultural centres in the GTA.

Last year, the placements in doctors offices was a new avenue, and this year, placements in international airports was the latest innovation. Other avenues are being explored, and 2017 is sure to bring more venues as Sastra Dana becomes more established and reaches a larger audience every year. The Sastra Dana Team is forecasting several thousand book placements as they continue to increase penetration in hotels and other institutions. In fact, we already have over 1500 Bhagavad Gitas in cue for placement in the first quarter of 2017.

To learn more about where we've placed these books please click here.

Please support the Sastra Dana Program wholeheartedly to bring these books to newer avenues.

Welcoming Vaisesika Dasa & Nirakula Devi Dasi

*** NOTE - Most events and programs will be broadcast live at - stay tuned for more details! ***

Toronto's Hare Krishna community is very excited to once again be welcoming Vaisesika Dasa and Nirakula Devi Dasi to our community from Dec 17th to Dec 21st!  Their visit will be punctuated by a whirlwind five days of seminars, classes, and book distribution!  The official schedule is as follows:

Srimad Bhagavatam Classes
Saturday Dec 17th to Wednesday Dec 21st
7:45am to 9:00am (Followed by Breakfast)

Sankirtan - Hitting the Streets with Spiritual Knowledge
Saturday, December 17th - 11am-2pm
All devotees are welcome to join Vaisesika Dasa as we collectively hit the streets with our beloved spiritual books with the goal of sharing our beautiful spiritual heritage with the public. Stay tuned for more information!

A Night of Kirtan with Vaisesika Dasa
Saturday, December 17th - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
You won't want to miss this opportunity to dive deeper into melodious kirtan with Vaisesika Dasa. We will explore some of the beautiful chants of our Vaisnava tradition and the mood will certainly be sweet. Join us for what will surely be a very special evening!

Sunday Feast with Vaisesika Dasa
Sunday, December 18th - 6:00pm to 9:00pm
Our weekly Sunday extravaganza will include a special class by Vaisesika Dasa. Toss in some amazing kirtan and mouth-watering vegetarian feast and your Sunday should be booked!

Tuesday Sanga
Tuesday December 20th 6:30-8:30pm
A special edition of the weekly tuesday sanga, an interactive discussion with Vaisesika Dasa.

Srila Prabhupada Festival - Jan 1, 2017

On New Year's Day, Sunday, January 1st, 2017, 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, dynamic presentations and a sumptuous feast to help ring in the new year!  The highlight of the festival will be another spectacular drama, presented by Bhaktimarga Swami.  You won’t want to miss it!  There will be no better way to usher in the new year on an auspicious note!

Detailed Festival Schedule will be Posted Soon!

Ring in 2017 in Grand Fashion with Outdoor Kirtan!

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 may 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!

Monday, November 7, 2016

The Gita Contest - December 3, 2016

The Gita Contest 2016 - Bhagavad Gita Chanting and Essay Writing Competitions

As part of the 50 years of ISKCON celebrations, Krishna’s Funskool of Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is pleased to announce the ‘Gita’ Contest – Bhagavad Gita Chanting and Essay writing competitions for children.
Event Date: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
Venue: The Hare Krishna Temple, 243 Avenue Road, Toronto

Bhagavad Gita chanting competition: 
Category 1: 3 – 5 years: 5 selected verses – Recitation only
Category 2: 6 – 8 years: Chapter 12 – any 10 verses of your choice – Recitation only
Category 3: 9 – 11 years: 15 selected verses – Recitation and Translation

Please note: The selected verses will be sent by email to the participants on completion of registration

Preliminary rounds: December 3rd – 11:00 a.m.
Finals: December 3rd – 4:00 p.m.

Bhagavad Gita Essay Writing competition: 12 – 15 years
Age Groups: 
Category-A: Grade 7 & 8: 12-13 years
Category-B: Grade 9 & 10: 14-15 years
Please note: Topics will be sent by email to the participants on completion of registration
Essay Submission Deadline: Saturday, December 3rd, 2016 by midnight
All entries should be submitted online at on or before December 3rd, 2016 by midnight. Entries after this deadline will not be accepted
Award Ceremony: December 11th – 6:30 p.m.

  • Assured prizes and Certificates of Participation for all contestants
  • For Gita verses and translations, please refer only to Bhagavad-gita As it is by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
  • Contestants should bring proof of age (preferably copy of birth certiļ¬cate/ photo ID card with age on the day of the contest
  • Registration fee is $15 per child (can be paid online at, or at the Registration desk at the temple on Sundays between 6:00 and 8:30 p.m.)

For details about content for Bhagavad Gita Chanting and Essay topics, registration and other information, contact

Monday, October 24, 2016

Invite and Honour Lord Damodara in Your Home

During this most auspicious month of Kartik (Oct 16 to Nov 14), you can invite Lord Krishna in the form of Bala Gopala (Damodara) to your home, offer beautiful lamps and hear about wonderful stories of baby Krishna.

You can book your 1-hour slot by contacting (647) 867-4727 or to reserve your spot during Kartik weekday evenings or weekends.  Please note, limited spots are available.  Please feel free to take this unique opportunity for your family.

Friday, October 21, 2016

Seminar - Krishna Conscious Parenting - Nov 5-6, 2016

The Toronto Hare Krishna Temple is excited to announce a special seminar being presented by Aruddha Devi Dasi along with her son, Radhika Ramana Dasa.  Information is as follows:

The Art of Krishna Conscious Parenting
A Seminar by Aruddha Devi Dasi and son, Radhika Ramana Dasa

Saturday, November 5, 2016
10:00am to 1:00pm
2:00pm to 4.30pm

Sunday, November 6, 2016
3:00pm to 5:00pm

Tips and Techniques for Successful Parenting

  • Creating a Krishna Conscious Home Environment
  • Studying Srimad Bhagavatam with Children
  • Pathways to Academic Success
  • Developing Social Skills
  • Sharing Krishna with Others
  • Discipline
  • Festivals with the Family
  • Are Restrictions Good for Our Children?
About Aruddha Devi Dasi
Aruddha Devi Dasi and her husband Anantarupa Dasa began practicing Krishna consciousness in Chicago in the early 1980’s, and started the ISKCON Temple in Boise, USA, in 1986 as a small weekly program in their home. Now thirty years later there is a beautiful Vedic temple for Sri Sri Radha Bankebihari. Aruddha and Anantarupa home‐schooled their two sons using a curriculum based on Srila Prabhupada’s books and ran the Govinda’s restaurant in Boise for six years.  Aruddha has been traveling around the world doing seminars on Krishna conscious parenting as well as workshops on how to teach Srimad Bhagavatam to children.  She is the author of Homeschooling Krishna’s Children, published by the BBT, and compiler of a children’s study guide for Srimad Bhagavatam, published by Torchlight.  

About Radhika Ramana Dasa
Radhika Ramana dasa and his brother Gopal Hari dasa, completed their bachelor’s degrees at an early age at Boise State University, and then received their PhDs from Oxford University in England. Radhika Ramana is now Charles Redd Chair of Religious Studies at Utah State University and the author/editor of four books. Gopal Hari is a professor of Religious Studies at Florida Gulf Coast University.

**To register, email or call 416‐844‐2937**
** Suggested donation $50 per person**

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Diwali Celebrations - Sunday, October 30, 2016

The special festival of Diwali will be celebrated at the Toronto Hare Krishna temple on Sunday, October 30, 2016. Diwali is commonly known as festival of lights. Diwali is often celebrated with the lighting of candles or oil lamps in homes, temples and public spaces and food preparations are offered to Lord Rama, Lord Krishna’s incarnation.

Diwali is celebrated for the joyful return of Lord Rama to Ayodhya after 14 years of exile. Lord Rama’s younger step-brother Bharata in the meanwhile took charge of the kingdom until his brother’s arrival. Visit our website for more for more information for temple’s festivities schedule.

We will be having some special guests for our Diwali celebrations.  The festival schedule is as follows (subject to change):

  • 6:00pm to 6:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
  • 6:30pm to 6:40pm - Welcome & Announcements
  • 6:40pm to 7:20pm - Class by Bhaktimarga Swami
  • 7:20pm to 7:30pm - Dramatic Reading
  • 7:30pm to 7:45pm - Special Damodarastakam
  • 7:45pm to 8:00pm - Lighting of Ceremonial Lamp
  • 8:00pm to 8:30pm - Kirtan (Arati)
  • 8:30pm to 9:30pm - Vegetarian Feast (Prasadam)