Toronto Ratha Yatra
Posted June 28, 2011
New Remuna Dhama, ISKCON Toronto, would like to extend a warm invitation to devotees around the world to experience our 39th Annual Ratha-Yatra (Festival of India) on July 16-17, 2011! Toronto’s Ratha-Yatra has the unique distinction of being accredited by Madhuha das, the organizer of the traveling Festival of India tour, as being the largest Ratha-Yatra in North America with nearly 40,000 people in annual attendance and a plethora of Srila Prabhupada’s books distributed each year!
Pre-Ratha-Yatra Kirtan Festival!
The 39th Annual Festival of India is thrilled to announce that celebrations will once again feature an exclusive pre-festival kirtan celebration. Landing in Toronto from Switzerland, just days before the main events, renowned global kirtan superstar Madhava das will once again headline a list of kirtaneers who will blow the roof off New Remuna Dhama during a 12-hour kirtan marathon from 10:00 am until 10:00 pm on Friday, July 15th! Madhava das will lead kirtan with a distinguished heart-melting and soul-strumming vibe that must be felt to be believed! Stay tuned for a full line-up of kirtan leaders! Prepare to "feed your soul" with this extraordinary one-of-a kind kirtan event at at ISKCON Toronto.
Rocking Kirtan Down Yonge Street!
The weekend festivities kick-off with the famous Ratha-Yatra parade beginning at Yonge and Bloor on Saturday, July 16th at 11:00am. The parade features three beautifully decorated chariots making their way down world-famous Yonge Street amidst ecstatic kirtan! The highlight (and most unique part of Toronto's parade) takes place when the kirtan reaches its pinnacle in the "Toronto Tunnel". Chaos ensues as the parade cruises under a highway overpass and the resulting acoustics cause the sound levels to rocket through the roof! There’s nothing else quite like it – imagine a sea of devotees jumping, dancing, and singing to the pulsating beat of mrdangas and karatalas while their voices echo in the famous Toronto Tunnel! It is definitely not to be missed!
Festival of India at Centre Island!
After the vibrant Yonge Street parade, celebrations continue at Centre Island for the remainder of the weekend. The festival’s island grounds will be host to delicious prasadam served to all who attend and a stunning Arts & Culture Showcase that features melodic and roaring kirtan, dramas presented by HH Bhaktimarga Swami, and various dance performances. The festival pavilion will also play host to a themed Q&A tent, Vedic exhibits, a children's area, GopiDot and tilak booths, and much more!
Celebrated as a “festival within a festival”, on Sunday July 17th, the Fourth Annual Yoga Meltdown will present Toronto's vast yoga community with a chance to unwind, rejuvenate, and invigorate themselves with a free outdoor spiritual yoga festival. Yoga Meltdown is dedicated to sharing the beauty of bhakti-yoga and Krishna consciousness to all yoga enthusiasts.
For the fourth year in a row, the Toronto Ratha-Yatra will also feature a "Bhajan Kutir" at Centre Island with non-stop kirtan! Kirtaneers from all over North America will gather to glorify the Holy Name! This is one area of the festival that no kirtan-lover should miss!
Distinguished Guests at Festival of India!
We are very happy to announce a fantastic line-up of distinguished VIPs attending this year's Ratha-Yatra celebrations. Confirmed VIPs include: HH Bhaktimarga Swami, HH Niranjana Swami, HH Candramauli Swami, HH Gunagrahi Swami, Malati Prabhu, Madhava das and many more!
We look forward to seeing and serving you on July 16-17, 2011! To find out more about our festival, please visit our official festival website: www.festivalofindia.ca or call 1-888-535-FEST (3378).
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