July 27, 2021

ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple, Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada

Temple Newsletter

The small Deity forms of Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundara, and Sri Sri Krishna-Balarama

Hare Krishna! Starting on Thursday morning at UF Plaza of the Americas, we will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in Gainesville. There will be various events including a live broadcast of pioneer devotees sharing their memories on Thursday evening, an open house at the new Bhaktivedanta Institute building on Friday, and a groundbreaking ceremony at Krishna House on Saturday morning. Param Dasi Goodloe-Brito, a Hare Krishna devotee nurse who lives with her Baptist husband, will be interviewed on the next Nectar Talks episode, August 4. The Radharani Club bake sale will open its pre-order website August 8, and is still looking for more cooks and bakers. Mark your calendars for Jacksonville Beach Ratha-yatra, August 14. See detailed schedules for each of our upcoming summer festivals. And the temple guesthouse will re-open for accommodation bookings September 1, with some restrictions. For details, please read on.



Temple Safety Protocols: You must wear your mask at all times when you visit the temple. We continue to have prasad pre-packed and request you take it home with you, so that masks can stay on at all times. 

Guesthouse Accommodations: Our guesthouse will open for overnight stays September 1, with certain restrictions. Please call the temple office for more information: 386-462-2017


Summer Festivals Schedule

July 29-31 - Srila Prabhupada's Arrival Anniversary Festival (50 years since his visit to Gainesville, Florida)

Aug 14 - Jacksonville Beach Ratha-yatra

Aug 22 - Balarama Jayanti

Aug 30 - Sri Krishna Janmastami

Aug 31 - Srila Prabhupada Vyasa-puja

Sep 13 - Sri Radhastami

Sep 18 - Clearwater Beach Ratha-yatra

Click and zoom in on the above Summer Festivals flyer image for details. On festival days, 50 persons maximum in the temple room at one time. Continuous walk-through darshan at the front of the altar. Masks required on temple property. Tentatively, these festivals will be carried out as usual, with the above mentioned extra precautions and some exceptions, such as no 1:00 a.m. prasad feast on Janmastami, On Balarama Jayanti there'll be a special fire yajña (homa) with Upakarma ceremony, where brahmana initiated devotees can recommit to their vows.

Srila Prabhupada's Arrival Anniversary Festival

Srila Prabhupada's Arrival Anniversary Festival

Join us in celebrating the fifty-year anniversary of Srila Prabhupada's arrival in Gainesville, Florida. Event speakers include Bir Krishna Das Goswami, Hridayananda Goswami, Ananga Manjari Dasi, Amarendra Dasa and others.

Thursday, July 29 - UF Plaza of the Americas. Kirtan at the plaza starting at 6:45 AM, followed by speakers talking about Srila Prabhupada at 7:00 AM, Gurupuja at 8:00 AM, breakfast at 8:10 AM, and then we'll meet at the site of the original Gainesville ISKCON temple at SW 2nd Street & SW 2nd Place. There'll be an online live stream of a panel of speakers at 6:00 PM, on Facebook and YouTube.



YouTube channel: H.D. Goswami

Friday, July 30 - Bhaktivedanta Institute Open House with buffet and tours, 224 NE 10th Ave. For more information about this open house event, contact Lila at [email protected]

Saturday, July 31 - Groundbreaking and Installation Ceremony at Krishna House (7:30 AM) on 214 NW 14th Street, with a panel of speakers (8:30 AM) followed by breakfast prasad (9:00 AM). Please park at the parking lot at 1314 NM 6th Ave. For more information about this Krishna House groundbreaking event, and the UF Plaza morning kirtan on Thursday, please contact Sruti Sagara Dasa, [email protected], (801) 615 1621.

Param Dasi Brito-Goodloe

Nectar Talks 13: Param Dasi Brito-Goodloe

Join us for Nectar Talks Episode 13 as Namamrita Dasa hosts Param Dasi Brito-Goodloe on Wednesday, August 4, 2021, 7-8 pm EDT.


Take a journey with Param Dasi as she takes us on a tour of her colorful life of adventure all over the world while growing up in Krishna consciousness. She has an exciting career as a nurse. Meet her husband, Scotty, whom she convinced to move to Alachua. Witness his observations about Krishna consciousness and hear his experience of being married to a Hare Krishna. Hear about how they balance their lives as a Hare Krishna and Baptist. Join us on:


Facebook: Nectar Talks Live & ISKCON Alachua

YouTube: ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna TempleNectar Talks 

You can also hear us on Apple Podcast & Spotify


Radharani Club Bake Sale - Cooks and Bakers Needed

The next bake sale for the Radharani Club is scheduled for Lord Balarama’s Appearance Day on Sunday, August 22. The Radharani Club will open its pre-order website on August 8. The link to order will be in the next two newsletters. Many items have already been pledged, but more cooks and bakers are still needed. Volunteers are asked to commit to making items to be sold including baked goods, sweets, savories, casseroles, soups, vegan or gluten-free items, etc. For the health and safety of everyone, all items will need to be packaged for purchasers to take home.  

The Radharani Club asks all potential bakers and cooks to please contact [email protected] or call Nataka at 386 462 5247 or text Nataka at 352 474 1698. Descriptions of items to be offered through the pre-order website need to be received as soon as possible. 

Poster for Jacksonville Beach Ratha-yatra on August 14, 2021

Upcoming Courses by Mayapur Institute

Introduction to Vocals (Singing) & Harmonium, as wells as introductory courses on Mridanga, Flute, Kartals, starting August 1.

Teachers Training Course Online, starts August 16.

Bhakti Sastri for Youth, starts August 20.

And many more. 

For details, please see their website at: 



New Items at Govinda's Gifts

Govinda's Gifts, located next to the Alachua temple building, is receiving new shipments every week. New in stock now: young lady's anarkali dresses, baby ankle bells and pure silver bracelets, silver and tulasi neckbeads for children, beautiful photos of Radhe Shyam and Krishna Balaram, framed and unframed, men's kurtas. Your purchases directly support the temple. Open on Sundays 4:00 - 6:30 p.m.


Hare Krishna Community Radio

New Podcasts for Download or Streaming

HANUMAN  - Hear from Sankirtan Prabhu and others, as they enthrall you in the stories of our favorite monkey warrior. You’ll also hear bhajans from Gauravani, Madhava, Padmarani, Krishna Kishore and more; as well as a sweet Baby Hanuman Chalisa from Naimi and Vishvambhara. Jaya Hanuman!

Stay-at-Home Morning Programs

Can’t make it to the temple? Stream or download these stay-at-home morning programs. Six different Morning Meditations featuring Srila Prabhupada, Vishnujana Swami, Bada Haridasa, and others.

Tune into krishna108.airtime.pro – New Raman Reti’s own radio station – every morning at 6 a.m. for morning prayers, japa and a class by Srila Prabhupada on this same day 50 or so years ago. Then, at 8:00 a.m. you’ll hear Prabhupada Memories, followed by Brilliant as the Sun by Krishna Dharma Dasa at 9:30 a.m.. We are just beginning the stories of Canto Two. Tune in for a different chapter each morning.  


BANA Seeks Teaching Interns and Substitute Teachers

The Bhaktivedanta Academy, our local gurukula school, is seeking applicants for the paid positions of Teaching Intern, Pre K and Elementary, as well as Substitute Classroom Teachers and Assistants.

For prerequisite qualifications, more information, or to apply, click here.


Protocols for Out-of-State Visitors

If you are coming from out of state and are vaccinated you may come to the temple without quarantining and should self monitor for Covid symptoms. If you are not vaccinated, you should test negative before travel and, when arriving in Florida, quarantine 3-5 days and then test negative, before coming to the temple.


Request a Prayer

As devotees progress on their path towards becoming more Krishna conscious, sometimes obstacles arise in the form of physical or mental distress. We have re-launched our Prayer Circle of senior devotees who are willing to pray to Their Lordships for you or a loved one to help you overcome such obstacles. To submit a request, and for more information, see the Prayer Circle page on our website.


Vaccines Now for Anyone 16+ (Pfizer 12+)

CVS, Walgreens and Publix are now giving COVID vaccines. You can go online and fill out the form. It's easy and, as of recently, in Alachua county, anyone age 16 or older can get one; the Pfizer vaccine is now available for anyone age 12 or older.

CVS: https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

Walgreens: (click here)

Publix: https://www.publix.com/covid-vaccine/florida


WhatsApp Broadcast List

The temple has started a WhatsApp "broadcast list" similar to a phone tree. If you are a member of our Alachua / Gainesville / North Florida ISKCON temple community and would like to receive important temple announcements in a timely manner, on your cell phone via WhatsApp text messages, please follow these steps:

1) Install WhatsApp on your cell phone (if you haven't already.)

2) Add the temple's WhatsApp number 352-922-0252 to your phone's Contacts, naming the contact "ISKCON Alachua WhatsApp" or similar.

3) Open WhatsApp, find the temple contact you just created, and text us (from within WhatsApp) a message with your full name, location (nearest town or city) and a request to be added. Example: "My full name is (devotee name / legal name) ______. I live in (town / city) _____. Please add me to the temple WhatsApp broadcast list."

We intend to use this list sparingly, only to send important messages when needed, from time to time; for instance, coordinating temple services, changes in schedules, important reminders relevant to our Alachua community of devotees. Only the admin can send messages to the list, avoiding the back-and-forth messaging between people.


Links to Recent Articles


Listen to Past Lectures

There's a treasure trove of nectarean audio recordings awaiting you in our Alachua Temple Live lecture archive. Sometimes people ask us where they can find our recent Srimad=Bhagavatam, Chaitanya-Charitamrita and Sunday Feast lecture recordings. Here's a reminder of where they're stored: from our Alachuatemple.com website menu, click on Live and then Lectures/Podcast. Or go directly to and bookmark https://alachuatemplelive.blogspot.com/. The archive is updated once a week.

Listen to past Nectar Talks interviews and other radio show content here: https://www.alachuatemple.com/radio/


Thank You to Our Donors and Volunteers!

Thank you to all those who have been serving, and contributing, to keep our ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna temple open and thriving, even in the midst of this pandemic


Online Events

The ISKCON Alachua Temple broadcasts daily live scripture classes at 8:00 a.m. on our Facebook page and YouTube channel, with audio recordings here.

On Thursdays, 5:00-6:00 pm, Bhagavad-Gita reading and discussion with H.H. Bhaktimarga Swami.


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Procedures to Visit the Temple

The wearing of face masks and social distancing between non-family members is required on temple property at all times. If you are feeling sick, stay home. No loitering. We have prasad pre-packed and request you take it home with you, so that masks can stay on at all times. We are open only during scheduled arati times, daily at 4:30-5:00 a.m., 7:15-8:45 a.m., 12:00-12:30 p.m., 4:15-4:45 p.m., 6:30-7:00 p.m., and on Sundays, 4:15-6:30 p.m. Maximum occupancy of 30 spaces marked on the temple room floor for people to stand or sit, socially distanced, first-come, first-served. Walk-through darshan at busy times including 7:15-7:45 a.m. daily, and 4:15-6:30 p.m. Sundays. The temple closes by 7:00 p.m. each day, except Sundays, 9:00 p.m. Watch our live broadcast on our Facebook page or YouTube channel. For details about darshan times and additional pandemic restrictions, click here. And here's information on what to do if you're returning from out-of-state domestic travel, or from international travel.

ISKCON Alachua Temple building

Class Schedule & Vaishnava Calendar

Week of July 27, 2021

TUE 27 - Tamohara Dasa, SB 1.15.12

WED 28 - Chaturatma Dasa, SB 1.15.13-14

Disap. Gopal Bhatta Goswami

THU 29 - Trivikrama Dasa, SB 1.15.15

FRI 30 - Ghanashyam Dasa, SB 1.15.16

SAT 31 - Puskara Dasa, CC Madhya 19.148

Disap. Srila Lokanath Goswami

SUN 1 - Nanda Devi Dasi, Sunday Feast lecture

Incorporation of ISKCON in New York (1966)

MON 2, Ekadasi Vrata Devi Dasi, SB 1.15.16 cont.

TUE 3, Bhadra Dasa, SB 1.15.17

Morning class times are 8:00 a.m. EDT unless otherwise noted. The Sunday Feast lecture begins at 5:15 p.m. Tune in live to our ISKCON Alachua Facebook page or YouTube channel; listen to audio recordings in our lecture archive.


Departments and Links

Govinda's Gifts (open Sundays 4:00 - 6;30 p.m.)

Hare Krishna Social Services:

Email: [email protected]

Call: Radha Selvester 9 am - 9 pm 352 727 8211

Night time calls for serious emergencies only.


Newsletter Staff

Editor-in-Chief: Mukhya Devi Dasi

Production Assistance: Manorama Dasa

Article submission deadline: 1:00 p.m. Fridays

Send articles and photos to [email protected]

The editors reserve the right to exclude or edit submissions.

Dedicated to our ISKCON Founder-Acharya His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada 


Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare

Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare

... and be happy



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ISKCON Alachua Temple

17306 NW 112th Boulevard 

Alachua, FL 32615