Chakra Announcements

37th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) - Toronto - July 18-19, 2009

by Yashoda Singh

Posted June 21, 2009

New Remuna Dhama, ISKCON Toronto, would like to extend a warm invitation to devotees around the world to experience our 37th Annual Festival of India (Ratha-Yatra) on July 18-19, 2009! 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 close to 40,000 people in attendance along with a plethora of Srila Prabhupada's books sold each year!

Rocking Kirtan Down Yonge Street!

The weekend festivities kick off with the famous Ratha-Yatra parade beginning at Yonge and Bloor on July 18th 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) is 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 go through the roof! There's nothing else 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 parade down Yonge Street, celebrations continue at Centre Island for the remainder of the weekend where there will be delicious prasadam and a stunning Arts & Culture showcase including performances by the Krishna Culture Festival Tour and dramas presented by HH Bhaktimarga Swami. Also featured at the festival are a South Asian Bazaar, exhibits, a children's area, and much more!

Yoga Meltdown

Celebrated as a "festival within a festival", on Sunday July 19th, the Second Annual Yoga Meltdown will present Toronto's vast yoga community with a chance to unwind, rejuvenate and invigourate themselves with a free outdoor yoga festival dedicated to presenting the beauty of bhakti-yoga and Krishna consciousness to yoga enthusiasts.

Non-Stop Kirtan!

For the second 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 have a fantastic line-up of distinguished VIPs attending this year's Ratha-Yatra celebrations, including: HH Bhaktimarga Swami, HH Gopal Krishna Maharaja, HG Malati devi dasi, HG Dravida das, HG Krsna Nandini devi dasi, HG Partha Sarathi das, and many more!

We look forward to seeing and serving you on July 18-19, 2009! To find out more about our festival, please visit our official festival website: