August 16, 2022

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

Temple Newsletter

ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple Deities

Hare Krishna! This Friday is Janmastami, the appearance day of Lord Sri Krishna. Bring your family and friends for an action-packed festival with lots of opportunities to engage in devotional service (see sign-up form). Saturday is Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-Puja – we invite congregation members to contribute home-cooked bhoga offerings. Monday is Ekadasi. The Radharani Club seeks cooks and bakers for their next bake sale. Southcare introduces prasad Meals on Wheels. Submit your information to our community directory. And find information about the upcoming MAN-tra men's retreat. For details, please read on...

Sri Krishna Janmastami

Sri Krishna Janmastami

On Friday, August 19, we will celebrate Janmastami, the auspicious appearance day of Lord Krishna. Join us and bring the family for an all-day event. This year, the Village of Vrindavan will be set up again, with guided tours. We will have a golf cart shuttling those who need special assistance from the parking lot to temple throughout the evening. Bring a gift for Krishna's birthday: fruits, flowers, pots, pans, dishwashing soap, a new fridge... anything you can think of! Janmastami prasad serves from 4:00 - 11:00 pm. Here's the schedule:

  • 4:30 AM Mangala Arati
  • 7:20 AM Guru Puja
  • 8:00 AM Deity Greeting, new outfit, maha kirtan
  • 8:30 AM Special Class
  • 9:30 AM Radha Shyam abhisheka by temple pujaris
  • 12:00 PM Raj Bhoga Arati
  • 4:00 PM Children's activities begin
  • 4:00 - 11:00 PM Prasad will be served
  • 4:15 PM Dhoop Arati
  • 5:00 PM Children's costume contest - main stage
  • 5:00 - 7:00 PM Cart rides over to the Eco Farm, feed the cows
  • 5:30 - 10:00 PM Entertainment - main stage
  • 6:00 - 11:00 PM Radha Krishna abhisheka tent opens, everyone welcome
  • 6:30 PM Sandhya Arati
  • 7:00 PM Krishna Astottara Satta Nama Homa (chanting 108 Names of Krishna), outside
  • 8:00 PM Village of Vrindavan opens
  • 12:00 AM Midnight Maha Arati

Janmastami Services

We need lots of volunteer help to put on a blissful Janmastami festival for the community. Engaging in devotional service on this auspicious day is a great way to express our love for Krishna and His devotees, and receive blessings. There are 80 service time slots to choose from, including Kitchen Cut Up, Kitchen Clean Up, Cook Assistant, Sweets Packing, Prasad Packing, Trash Pickup and Bathroom Cleaning. Please sign up for a service, and encourage your friends and family to do the same.


Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-Puja

Srila Prabhupada

On Saturday, August 20, we will celebrate Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-Puja. Glorifications will begin in the temple room at 8:15 a.m. and will also be live streamed on our channel. As per our tradition we invite community members to please cook something for SP at home and bring it over to the pujari room by 11:00 am.

The Vyasa Puja feast will be packed up in the kitchen from 12:00–1:00 p.m. Click here to volunteer. No one will be served early. All boxes will be brought out and distributed at 1:00 p.m. If you are homebound, living in our Alachua community, and need prasad delivered, we are there for you. Sign up here and let us know. Requests must be received before 8:00 a.m. on Saturday the 20th.

Here's the festival schedule:

  • 4:30 AM Mangala Arati
  • 7:20 AM Guru Puja
  • 8:00 AM Deity greeting
  • 8:15 AM Homages to Srila Prabhupada
  • 11:15 AM 108 bhoga offerings to Srila Prabhupada
  • 11:45 AM Pushpanjali
  • 1:00 PM Srila Prabhupada's Feast

Summer Festivals

Summer Festivals 2022

August 19, Sri Krishna Janmastami

August 20, Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa-Puja (appearance day)

September 2, Radharani's Boat Festival (at temple fountain)

September 3, Sri Radhastami

Click here to donate towards Janmastami or Radhastami.


Radharani Club Seeks Cooks and Bakers

The next Radharani Club Prasadam Bake Sale is planned for after the festivals on Sunday, September 11, 2022.  The deadline to pledge to make something for the preorder sale is this Sunday – August 21. 

Please text Nataka Chandrika at 352 474 1698 or email Radha Selvester at [email protected] to make your pledge.  The Radharani Club seeks a variety of preparations – sweet, savory, rich, healthy, hot, or cold!  All proceeds from the sale are used to purchase Deity outfits and paraphernalia.

The preorder website will go live beginning August 28.  The Radharani Club now has its own newsletter.  To be added to the list, email Radha. 


Introducing Meals on Wheels

Meals on Wheels

For the pleasure of Srila Prabhupada, the devotees of New Raman Reti and Krishna House, we humbly submit this very needed service of delivering prasad meals to those in need. Meals on Wheels is organized by Southcare, a non-profit 501c3 organization committed to enhancing the quality of life and maintaining the dignity of community members through personalized supportive care and wellness programs. 

We applied for and received a grant from the City of Gainesville to fund this project for distribution of prasad meals to 30 individuals two days per week in Gainesville through Krishna House. We also have plans to serve 30 meals daily to qualified residents of greater Alachua Monday through Friday. The drive is on to register those in need of meals. We will only be limited by the number of sponsorships we receive. Reap the satisfaction of supporting those in need. We also have a private pay option. Donations are tax deductible.

Register for Meals - | - Sponsor Meals


MAN-tra 2022: Together Again

Men's Retreat

After two years of separation due to Covid restrictions, the MAN-tra Men's Retreat is back in person and in New Vrindaban, Sept. 9-11th, 2022.

Join us for a full weekend of spiritual immersion, Vaishnava association, insightful seminars, drama performances, ecstatic kirtans, tasty prasada, and more. Guest speakers include Bhaktimarga Swami, Radhika Raman Dasa, Venkata Bhatta Dasa, and Gauravani Dasa. Topics include the Power of Association; Toxic Manhood; KC Fatherhood; Lust, Addiction, and the Power of Healing Association, and more. 

We'll visit Prabhupada’s Palace of Gold (with its refurbished domes), gather around the bonfire, spend time with the cows and make new friends. 

Register today and bring your friends. For more information go to

New Vrindaban | Sept. 9-11th | Register at


We Need Your Help: Update on New Community Directory

This time we are starting from scratch, collecting every family’s data through an online survey. Every family is requested to fill out the online survey. Newcomers or old-timers, we need your input.

Don’t forget photos – connecting the name and the face is awesome! Email them to [email protected]. Those who submit a photo will be entitled to participate in a raffle and could win some really unique Deity maha-prasad.

Don’t worry about privacy: you can rest assured that your information is never going to be put online; this is a printed directory only.

Here’s how to submit your info:

Click HERE for 2022 NRR Community Directory Survey

NRR Community Directory QR code

Or if you are tech savvy, scan this QR code on your smart phone while in camera mode.

  • hold your phone camera up to the code
  • click on the link to the form that appears
  • fill out the form

Again, don’t forget to send your family photo to this email address:

[email protected]

The online business directory is a separate project. Our Community Directory will be printed and not online.


Help Our Devotees in Ukraine

Devotees distribute free prasad meals in Mykolaiev, Ukraine

Here is information about urgent cases and yatras (devotee communities) needing your attention. The Ukraine crisis continues. Please take the time to see these urgent cases and see how you can assist the many Ukrainian devotees who are still in need. Check out the Adopt A Yatra program.


Visit Devotees in Nursing Care

There are two Srila Prabhupada disciples, Mahabuddhi Dasa and Nanda Kishore Dasa, staying in an assisted living home called Our Home At Riverwood, located at 6873 SW Hwy 27, Ft. White. It's just past High Springs, about 20 minutes from Alachua.

Please consider going to visit them, maybe plan a little kirtan or reading, they would like your association.


Support Our Devotee Care Team

Devotee Care - image courtesy of

Would you like to take part in serving Krishna's devotees in need? Our devotee care team is providing hospital visits, in home visits, prasad delivery, medical advocacy and more. They are all volunteers who take on this service which is very dear to Lord Krishna.

However, sometimes the cost of gas or groceries becomes prohibitive, and we would like to be able to cover this as needed. A small monthly donation to our Devotee Care fund would cover this. At this point no one in the group receives a stipend or salary, these funds are used only to cover transportation and the cost of preparing special meals as needed. Thank you for your consideration. 

Click here to make a monthly contribution.


Support Your Temple With a Tithe

Temple Tithe

"The basic question is not how much of our money we should give to God, but how much of God's money we should keep for ourselves.”

Your tithing dollars help maintain your temple and pay regular monthly expenses:

  • electric
  • gas
  • water
  • bhoga expenses
  • flowers
  • yard maintenance

When you come to the temple any day of any week and see the beautiful darshan, the refreshing gardens, breakfast, lunch and feast prasadunderstand that this is possible because of our regular monthly tithing donors.

It is your privilege and responsibility to support Krishna's temple. Become a tither today. Choose an amount you feel comfortable giving each month. Please click here to sign up!


Shop Govinda's Gifts

Govinda's Gifts - clothing, books, incense and more

JUST IN: BESPOKE T-SHIRTS designed by Raghunandini Consbruck, for men and women.  We have a big selection of girls and ladies anarkalis, and more coming each week. Dancing skirts, wrap skirts, summer tops, dresses and pants, men's lightweight kurtas, radios with all of Srila Prabhupada's classes and morning walks, everything you need for your devotional lifestyle.


Advanced Care Planning

Click here for the Google form that should be filled out by anyone wanting to complete the Living will and Health care surrogate forms. Sponsored by End of Life Care - Alachua.


Guesthouse Accommodations

Our guesthouse is open for overnight stays. Please call the temple office for more information: 386-462-2017


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 a 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.


WhatsApp Broadcast List

Dear Alachua / Gainesville / North Florida devotees, please join our ISKCON Alachua Temple WhatsApp broadcast list so we can communicate with you in a timely manner, messaging you with important temple announcements and last-minute event updates. We will send everyone who signs up a complimentary link where you can download high resolution photos of our beautiful Deities from the past couple of years.

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), your email address, and a request to be added.


Listen to Past Lectures

There's a treasure trove of nectarean audio recordings awaiting you in our Alachua Temple Live lecture archive: The archive is updated once a week.


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 & Resources

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.

Support Groups (Grief, Divorce Grief, Suicide Grief, Men's Only...)

Srila Prabhupada Lilamrita readings in installments: WhatsApp / Telegram

Vrindavana Glories by Indradyumna Swami


COVID Resources

Click here for a list of COVID-19 resources, including the latest CDC advisories, travel guidelines, and position statements by devotee doctors.


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Temple Schedule

Temple Schedule

  • 4:30am – Mangala Arati
  • 5:00am – Tulasi Puja, altar closed
  • 5:20am – Japa
  • 7:20am – Deity Darshan and Guru Puja
  • 8:00am – Srimad Bhagavatam Class
  • 9:00am – Temple open
  • 12:00pm – Raja Bhoga Arati
  • 12:30pm – Temple closed until 4:15pm
  • 4:15pm – Dhupa Arati
  • 6:30pm – Sandhya Arati
  • 8:45pm – Sayana Arati
  • 9:00pm – Temple closed

Sunday Program Schedule

  • 4:00 – 8:00pm Gift Shop open
  • 4:15pm – 5:00pm Arati and kirtan 
  • Sunday Feast Free Vegetarian Prasad served between 4:30 – 6:30 pm 
  • 5:00 – 6:00pm Discussion on Vedic wisdom
  • 8:50 – 9:00pm Final arati
  • 9:00pm Temple closed
ISKCON Alachua Temple building entrance with flowering bushes. Photo by Madhuryalilananda Dasi, our gardener.

Class Schedule & Vaishnava Calendar

Week of August 16, 2022

TUE 16, Rama Govinda Dasa, SB 2.4.20

WED 17, Akuti Devi Dasi, SB 2.4.20 cont.

THU 18, Krishna Svarup Dasa, SB 2.4.21

FRI 19, Tamohara Dasa, special class

Sri Krishna Janmastami (fast until midnight)

SAT 20, Various speakers, special class

Srila Prabhupada's Vyasa Puja (fast till noon), Nandotsava

SUN 21, Srila Prabhupada morning class (recording) with interactive questions by Karnapura Dasa | Sesa Dasa, Sunday feast lecture

MON 22, Vegavati Devi Dasi, SB 2.4.22


TUE 23, Chaturatma Dasa, SB 2.4.23

Morning class times are 8:00 a.m. EST 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 - 8:00 p.m. and during the week by appointment)

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

Technical 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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17306 NW 112th Boulevard 

Alachua, FL 32615