The Sri Sri Rhadha Krishna Temple was opened in the fall of 1978. This marked the inception of the first Vaisnava (devotees of the Hindu God Krishna) Hindu temple in Saskatchewan. Prior to this time the Regina Hindu community gathered in each others’ homes and in civic halls to worship. The philosophic foundation of the Sri Sri Rhadha Krishna Temple is firmly grounded in the teaching of Lord Chaitanya, a 15th-century Hindu saint; this tradition identifies Krishna as the Supreme Godhead. Devotees seek spiritual enlightenment through the path of Bhakti Yoga or the selfless devotion to Krishna. Methods of worship include the singing of hymns, chanting of the holy mahamantra (a powerful Vedic sound), and discourses related to the Bhagavad-Gita .
The temple is open for worship every Sunday. All devotees remove their shoes before entering the temple, and women may cover their heads as an indication of respect. The weekly service begins with Vaisnava Puja or worship of Krishna, followed by Bhajans or hymns. A short class is given in English, which relates the contents of the Bhagavad-Gita and associated scriptures; open discussion is always encouraged. There is then a period of meditation and chanting of the mahamantra, and the service concludes with the main puja. Following this, a vegetarian meal is provided. In addition to weekly services the temple is open during many of the major Vaisnava festivals; other ceremonies and spiritual activities include marriages, funeral prayers, as well as the celebration of birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
Jai Ram, Kavita Ram