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NEW IN STOCK:
Come on in and check it out. Open Sunday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM, We can open for you by appointment. As always, thank you for supporting the Deity seva in New Raman Reti by shopping at Govinda's Gifts.
- Our new line of adorable little girl's summer dresses
- More murtis, altar decorations and arati paraphenalia
- Lots of Tulasi mala
- Check out our new line of 100% organic fragrance oils and aromatherapy blends from Govinda's Garden
Our Store hours are Sunday from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and evenings by appointment by calling the Temple Office at 386-462-2017.
We would like to thank the devotees for kindly sponsoring the Sunday Feast throughout the year. Feast sponsorships are available for August and September 2018. This is a wonderful and auspicious way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, births, and departed loved ones, and get the blessings of Krishna and His devotees. Please call the Temple Office at 386-462-2017
if you are interested or click this link.
- July 29, 2018, - Ajaya Kumar Kar, Ruby Satpaty, Riya Kar & Diya Kar; Sandhya Patel in honor of her parents
Guest Accomodations at Temple
Now you can spend a weekend or longer experiencing the peaceful spiritual life of our Hare Krishna farm community. We currently have one guest house with three bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 people. The guest house has WIFI. The charge for the guest house is $125 per night. Individual rooms may also be rented, depending on the number in your party. The master bedroom with attached bath is $65/night,
the single room is $45/night and the bunk room is $49/night.
These two rooms use a shared bath in the haallway. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Temple at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm, which are available to you if you are here at those times.
Please note that check-in is between 3-8 pm and check/-out is by 11 am. For reservations please call 386-462-2017 or
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org to check availability.
The morning sweets from our Deities can now be sponsored for a donation of $51.00. This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or an event. Please contact the Temple office at 386-462-2017, or see Saksi Gopal das for more information. You can also sponsor online by clicking this link.
DON'T MISS THE DRAMATIC READING ''The Story of Bilvamangala Thakura.'' A dramatic reading by Kaliyaphani das and Gauranga depicting the entry of blind Bilvamangala Thakura into Vrndavana, and how Nandulal-Krsna tricked him. Performed at the Sunday Feast, August 26, 2018.
TUESDAY EVENING CLASS Interactive discussion every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room. Topic will be the
systematic study of Srila Prabhupada's Caitanya Caritamrita, focusing on his key points from each purports in each chapter.
Please come and hear the class live in the temple room, or online at www.alachuatemple.com. Facilitator: Prana Govinda das. If you cannot attend, text your questions/thoughts/comments throughout class to 352 222 9696 .
FRIDAY NIGHT BHAJANS every Friday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room.
New Family Room/Nursery at the Temple This space is a heated and cooled space for parents to take care of their babies and young children while listening to the Temple program via radio. Current open hours are festival evening programs and Sunday feasts when the gift shop is open. Additionally, a coded lockbox with a key inside is now installed on the building so parents can access this space during the daily morning program and festival morning programs.
HEART TO HEART: To stay informed about the health and well being of our community members, please let us know if you or someone you know is dealing with serious illness, hospitalization, surgeries, or other problems. Please call the Temple office at 386-462-2017 weekdays between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. At all other times you can leave a message.
In case of a mental illness emergency, follow this protocol. Also, click here for mental health resources in Gainesville area.
CONGRATULATIONS to Nandapriya Sikdar, who took diksha initiation this past Sunday from His Holiness Jayapataka Swami via Skype! His Holiness Jayapataka Swami is such a magnanimous devotee, he can initiate a whole village at once, or just one girl on the other side of the world in Alachua.
Maharaja asked her if she'd like to keep her name, which she has been called since birth (when Nandapriya was born, her father asked His Holiness Jayapataka Swami, his guru maharaja, to name the baby, so he named her then also!). Nandapriya sweetly replied, "Whatever you like." Her initiated name is Nandapriya Prema devi dasi! Ki Jaya!
The house was filled with loving disciples and great happiness. We know Srila Prabhupada is so pleased also seeing the children born into the Movement grow up and choose to become serious devotees. It is a very special kind of pleasure indeed!
Learn about our Cow Protection Program at our Face Book Page or our Web Site.
Learn about our Retired Cow Program at Save the Cow website. Remember, you can't have cow protection without a retired cow program. That's what it's all about!
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| Jhulan Yatra Swing Festival...
Tuesday, August 21, Through Saturday, August 25, 2018
Jhulana-yatra is a festival to celebrate Radha Krishna’s pastime of swinging on a golden swing every day until Balarama-Purnima. Please join in the queue to swing Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara in Their beautiful flower-decorated swing, mornings at 7:30 a.m. and evenings at 6:30 p.m. Bring an offering of fresh flowers and fruits for the pleasure of Sri Sri Radhe Shyam.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Sri Balarama Jayanti Festival
Don't Miss Lord Balarama's Appearance Day, Saturday, August 25, 2018
This celebration will mark the eigth Balarama Jayanti with our beautiful Lords on our altar, Sri Sri Krishna Balrama. The schedule for Saturday, August 25, 2018, is as follows: Fasting until noon.
- 4:30 a.m. - Managala Arati
- 7:20 a.m. - Guru Puja
- 8:00 a.m. - Deity Greeting, new outfit
- 8:30 a.m. - Srimad Bhagavatam Reading and Class
- 9:30 a.m. - Bhajanas and abhisheka by Temple pujaris
- 12:00 Noon - Raj Bhoga Arati
- 4:15 p.m. - Arati
- 4:45 p.m. -Kirtan procession with Sri Sri Krishna Balarama all around the Temple property
- 6:15 p.m. - Children break Lord Balarama's honey pot
- 6:30 p.m. - Maha Arati
- 7:00 p.m. - Maha prasadam feast
The Radharani Club will be having a bake sale during Balarama Jayanti. Please bring your baked goods for them to sell that day. And, as always, plan to buy something that day since all proceeds from the sale go to supporting new Deity outfits.
Celebrating Monday, September 3, 2018
The Janmastami schedule is as follows: (fasting until midnight)
- 4:30 a.m. - Mangala Arati
- 7:20 a.m. - Guru Puja
- 8:00 a.m. - Deity greeting, new outfit, kirtan
- 8:30 a.m. - Srimad Bhagavatam reading and class
- 9:30 a.m. - Radha Shyamasundara abhisheka by Temple pujaris
- 12:00 p.m. - Raj Bhoga Arati
- 4:00 p.m. - Children's activities and bounce house opens
- 4:15 p.m. - Dhoop Arati
- 5:00 p.m. - Children's costume contest on main stage
- 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. - Cart rides over to the Eco Farm, feed the cows
- 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. - Ongoing entertainment on the pavilion stage
- 6:00 - 11:00 p.m. - Radha Krishna abhisheka tent, everyone welcome to bathe Lord Krishna
- 6:30 p.m. - Sundara Arati and kirtan
- 7:30 p.m. - Krishna Astatara Satta Nama Homa fire ceremony chanting the 108 names of Krishna
- 8:00 p.m. - Village of Vrndavan opens
- Midnight - Maha Arati and kirtan
- 1:00 a.m. - Maha prasadam feast
There is a sign up sheet of services needed at the back of the Temple room.
This means YOU, we need help on this big wonderful festival day.
Find your service and sign up for it. Thank you!
CLICK HERE TO DONATE FOR THE JANMASTAMI FESTIVAL.
Please make a donation for the festival now. Everyone's contribution is much appreciated.
TENTS AT JANMASTAMI: Anyone who wants to set up a tent to sell product during the Janmastami festival please call the Temple office now at 386-462-2017. Some restrictions apply. Bring your own table and tent.
Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja Celebration
Celebrating Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Every year the day after Janmastami, we celebrate the holy appearance of our beloved Founder Acharya, His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. This is one of the sweetest festivals for ISKCON devotees as we honor Srila Prabhupada and thank him for all he has done for us. We welcome one and all to share in this event. We would like as many devotees as possible to read their offering of love and devotion, their realizations and appreciations to His Divine Grace, our preceptor and savior. Readings begin in the temple room at 8:15 a.m.
PLEASE BRING PREPS COOKED AT HOME to offer to Srila Prabhupada at 11:30 a.m. Let us offer 108 preparations for the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada!
Vyasa Puja Schedule: (Fasting until noon.)
4:30 a.m. - Mangala Arati
7:20 a.m. - Guru Puja
8:00 a.m. - Deity Greeting
8:15 a.m. - Homages to Srila Prabhupada
11:15 a.m. - 108 bhoga offerings to Srila Prabhupada
11:45 a.m. - Pushpanjali
12:00 noon - Maha arati and kirtan
1:00 p.m. - Srila Prabhupada's Feast Prasadam
Remaining 2018 Summer Festivals Schedule
The schedule for the remaining summer festivals is as follows:
- Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Sri Radhastami
6th Annual Vyasa Puja Book Distribution Marathon
By Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-puja, Tuesday, September 4, 2018
This is part of the New Raman Reti community’s Vyasa Puja Offering to Srila Prabhupada,
NEW Goal for 2018 - Place 1,500 Bhagavad Gitas in Florida Motels this fall.
YOU CAN PARTICIPATE IN THE MARATHON
by sponsoring books for
Motel Gita placement, M.S.F. (Monthly Sankirtan Festival), Krishna lunch, plus many other options
buy books to distribute them yourselves
(Vaisesika prabhu’s time tested sankirtan training available)
The names of all the participants will be announced to Srila Prabhupada on His Vyasa puja day on Tuesday, September 4, 2018
**RECEIVE EXTRA SPECIAL MERCY
Sponsors/purchases of $101 and more will receive a gift of Srila Prabhupada (maha remnant) memento.Stop by the Welcome center in the Temple Lobby to sign up
Monday - Saturday 7:45 AM - 12 noon;
Sunday - 4:30 - 8:00 PM.
More Info -
Donate online: alachuatemple.com/sponsor-book-distribution/
Sri Vrindavana devi dasi reporting
Jacksonville Beach Ratha-yatra
THIS SATURDAY, August 18, 2018
Join us for the Jacksonville Beach Ratha-yatra at the Seawalk Pavilion. There are no bus arrangements. The schedule is 2:30-6:00 p.m. Parade on the beach, 2:30 - 8:00 p.m. Music/Food/Dance. Multi-cultural program. We need devotees to help set up big tent.
During procession devotees who like to do kirtan on the stage, let us know. Devotees who don't want to walk during procession can take part in kirtan on stage. See Poster for more info .
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Radha Selvester is Good Candidate for the Position
Over the past month the urgency of having a well coordinated Devotee Care Group has been very clear. In just the past three weeks we have seen one devotee leave his body and four different hospitalizations for serious injury plus one at-home recuperation from a stroke.
To best help the devotee and their family each case needs to be assessed. Do they need visitors? Prasadam delivery? Rides for shopping, doctor visits? Help paying the rent? The list goes on.
While we have a team of very sincere devotee caregivers, we desperately need someone to coordinate them with the person in need. Someone to point everyone in the right direction for the best care they can get. Devotees love to serve each other, but sometimes we don't know what is the best way to do that.
Radha devi dasi Selvester has stepped forward to take on this position, and she is absolutely the best possible person for this big job. Radha has spent many years coordinating social services for Alachua County. She has been an Outreach Specialist with CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services Inc., FloridaWorks Community, and with Medical Foster Parent and Developmental Disabilities Home. (click here to see her full resume).
She is the definition of "the busiest person getting the most done". She has a wealth of knowledge of county services we could be taking advantage of, is super organized, and ready to go. Please read the attached document about the Hare Krishna Social Services Coordinator she has submitted to us.
To get started she needs a small monthly stipend of $500. We are asking 20 people to commit a regular monthly donation of only $25.
Click below to set up the recurring payment on Paypal. Once this is done Radha can get started!! You never know when the person in need is going to be you!
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
UCF Orlando Ratha-yatra
WEDNESDAY, August 29, 2018
Join us for the UCF Orlando Ratha-yatra at UCF Pegasus Ballroom, 4000 Central Florida Blvd., Orlando, FL. The schedule is 9:30 AM -11:30 AM. for the Parade, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM for the Music/Food/Dance. Multi-cultural program. IF ANY ONE WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE, GIVE YOUR NAME TO PRANAYA KELI. We can make transportation arrangement to UCF and return. See Poster for more info .
Bhadra das reporting
His Holiness Radha Raman Swami - Thursday, August 16, 2018 - Srimad Bhagavatam Class
His Holiness Bhakti Caru Swami - Sri Balarama Jayanti, Saturday, August 25, 2018
His Holiness Bhakti Purushottama Swami - Chaitanya Charitamrita class, Saturday, September 8, 2018
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
MAN-tra Retreat - Being a KC Guy in the 21st Century
New Vrindavana - October 5-7, 2018
The MAN-tra Retreat, being a Krishna-conscious man in the 21st century, will be open to all men ages 18 and up. The 2 - 1/2 day event will consist of several workshops focused on being a better man, the role of men in ISKCON, balancing matter and spirit, understanding one's talents and service to Krishna, and improving relationships. They will be facilitated by Bhuta Bhavana Das, Partha Das and Uttama Dasi from the Grihastha Vision Team, and others.
In addition to the workshops, there will be
Kirtan with Gaura Vani,
Drama (and hikes) with His Holiness Bhaktimarga Swami,
Yoga classes with Damodara Das from New Vrindaban,
Comedy with Yadhunath Das,
Plus sports, group service projects, campfires, and more! Website Info. Poster.
Anuttama dasi reporting
New Krishna Lunch Van Needed
Donation for Prasadam Distribution
Our daily Krishna Lunch program is in dire need of a new van. We've been using a very old vehicle for a few years now, and it's starting to kick the proverbial bucket.
We need something reliable, with air conditioning, that can be properly cleaned (ie: not rusty).If you would like your donation to go directly to PRASADAM DISTRIBUTION, this is the project to donate for.
THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Mukhya devi dasi reporting