February 27, 2024

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

Temple Newsletter

Our Deities at ISKCON Alachua Temple

Hare Krishna! Morning classes on the glories of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakur continues, festival on Thursday.  The Snan Yatra Festival is coming this Sunday March 3rd. All the Spring Festivals are coming up, Check out the flyer here and the schedules on www.alachuatemple.com. Radharani Club Bake Sale is calling all cooks.  Read on for more...    


Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Appearance Day: 150th Anniversary

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In celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Appearance day of His Divine Grace Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Saraswati Thakura, we're having special morning classes, This week's schedule is as follows:

2/27/24 Tues Nartaka Gopal devi dasi 3.5.46 **** Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Maharaja : Gaudiya Matha, Chanting the Holy Names 

2/28/24 Wed Prana Govinda dasa 3.5.47 **** Service to Shastra and the Great Mridunga

2/29/24 Thurs Nagaraja dasa special day **** Appearance Day Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

Here is the schedule for his Appearance Day, Thursday, February 29

4:30 am Mangal Arati

7:30 am Pushpanjali and guru puja

8:00 am Special morning class

11:00 am Offering of 108 preps

12:00 pm Raj Bhoga Arati

12:30 pm Prasadam feast service begins


Snan Yatra Festival

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The Snana Yatra will take place on Sunday, March 3rd on the Temple grounds. The procession to bring their Lordships will begin at 3:30 pm from Mother Yadunandan's house (back by the BANA school). Once their Lordships arrive at the Temple, there will be an aarti (4:15 pm) followed by a special Sunday class given by HG Bhadra Prabhu from 5-6 pm. Snana Yatra, where all the devotees will get a chance to bathe their Lordships will follow, with kirtan and prasadam closing out the celebrations. 



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Shivaratri is a day to honor Lord Shiva. Vaishnavas do not generally take part in the worship of demigods except to honor them as great devotees of the Lord. Lord Shiva is worshipped by Vaishnavas because he is the greatest Vaishnava. Lord Shiva is known as shetrapala, the protector and guardian of the Lord’s holy dhama, and therefore devotees of Krishna pray to Lord Shiva to allow them entrance into the dhama and the Lord’s pastimes.4:00 pm Shiva Linga Abhishek, all participate

4:15 pm Arati and maha kirtan

5:00 pm Class on Lord Shiva in the Vaishnava tradition

5:15 pm to 6:30 pm Prasadam feast served


Daytona Beach Rathayatra

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Join us for this most festive occasion as we celebrate the 5,000-year-old tradition of Rathayatra (chariot festival), where we hold a parade and take the Lord of the Universe Lord Jagannath to the streets and beaches of Florida.

For Daytona Beach Rathayatra details, visit the Facebook event page.

This festival is brought to you by Festival of Chariots.


HH Romapada Swami

Will be visiting Alachua

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We are excited to share that HH Romapada Swami will be visiting the Alachua area from March 15th -20th. He will be speaking on the most beautiful and magnanimous pastimes of Lord Caitanya in preparation for the upcoming "Appearance Day of Lord Caitanya" on March 24th.

Check out his schedule here


Radharani Club Seeks Bakers and Cooks

The Radharani Club needs devotees to pledge to make items for the next preorder sale which will be held on March 17.   This is your last chance to have your preparation included in the pre-order sale.  The website will go live on Sunday, March 3.  Save this link to place your order on March 3https://radharaniclub.company.site/.  

Please contact Nataka to let her know what you would like to make:  352 474 1698.  Or you can email the new Radharani Club Bake Sale email address:  radharaniclubsale@gmail.com  Thank you!


Gaura Purnima

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MARCH 24, 2024

Lord Chaitanya, also known as Gauranga—the golden-colored incarnation of Lord Krishna—appeared in West Bengal, India, around 500 years ago. Gaura Purnima is the festival of His appearance, taking place in spring.

The Lord appeared in His previous incarnations as Lord Krishna, Lord Rama, and Lord Nrsimhadeva. Lord Chaitanya transformed the hearts of everyone He met through singing the Hare Krishna Maha Mantra and re-establishing the Bhakti-yoga tradition that ISKCON continues through its lineage today.

fasting until moonrise

4:30 am Mangal Arati

7:20 am Guru puja

8:00 am Deity greeting with new outfit

8:15 am Bhajans by Bhaktivedanta Academy

8:30 am Lecture on the merciful Lord Chaitanya

9:30 am Abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai by temple pujaris

10:30 am to 4:15 PM  Ongoing bhajans

4:15 pm Arati and maha kirtan

4:30 pm Outside tent Abhishek of Sri Sri Gaura Nitai for everyone to participate in

5:00 pm Dance and short play on the pavilion stage

5:30 pm Fire yajña Maha Mantra Homa and chanting the 108 names of Lord Chaitanya

6:00 pm Prasadam feast service begins

6:30 pm Sandhya arati & Holi colors distribution from the altar

7:30 pm Bonfire burning of Holika


International Symposium on Child Abuse

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March 18-21, 2024

The International Symposium on Child Abuse is a premier conference providing expert training, resources, and networking opportunities. This year offers a focus on addressing child abuse in religious communities. The in-person event will offer more than 100 workshops over four days.

There is a stand-alone Pre-Conference option on congregational considerations for preventing child sexual abuse on Monday, March 18th

To read the full article click here


Strengthening The Bonds That Free Us

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With Partha Dasa and Uttama Devi Dasi

The Grihastha Vision Team is conducting a 2 day workshop, 

STRENGTHENING THE BONDS THAT FREE US, a course for strengthening your relationships. In-person only.

You can share your relationship successes and learn ways to strengthen your most important relationships from other couples and the facilitators. Learn to be more effective when talking with those in new relationships. Couples work together with each other or with a partner of their choosing, and there is no pressure to share personal information.

This workshop is suitable to a broad spectrum of devotees interested in an improved quality of family life.

● Those considering marriage in the future

● Engaged couples preparing for marriage

● Those newly married

● More mature couples wishing to revitalize their household lives

Facilitators systematically go through various topics applying The 12 Principles and Values of a Krishna Conscious Marriage©. Inappropriate paradigms are exposed and participants are taught the skills necessary for developing healthy relationships. There are lots of opportunities for participation and group work. 

Workshop topics

● Guiding Principles for Successful Families

● Navigating Male\Female differences

● Skills for better Communication

● Navigating Challenges 

● The Parenting Path and more 

WHEN: Sat & Sun April 6-7, 2024

   6 hours each day, 3 hours in the morning, lunch break, 3 hours in the afternoon.  

Lunch included. Manual included.

WHERE: ALA Charter School Cafeteria

Facilitators: Uttama devi dasi & Partha das.  

Read Bios Here

Cost: $25 per person; $40 per couple

Register Here     

Read the full brochure here: https://vaisnavafamilyresources.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/gtc-brochure-2017.pdf

Watch Me! - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sfx2lsud1VI


Spring Festivals 2024

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Check the full schedule here: https://alachuatemple.com/festivals/


Become a Tither

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TITHING is a concept popular with the Christian churches in America, but a good policy for everyone who calls this temple their temple, or their place to worship Krishna. This regular monthly contribution helps maintain your temple and pay regular monthly expenses like electric and gas bills, bhoga expenses, deity flowers, landscaping, and general maintenance

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

It is your privilege and responsibility to support Krishna's temple. Please become a tither today. Choose an amount you feel comfortable giving each month. "The 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.”

Please click here to sign up!


The Community Directory Phone List

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Coming this month: THE COMMUNITY DIRECTORY PHONE LIST. This is the first iteration of our Community Directory and has about 750 devotees listed. You can pick one up from the temple office, Govinda's Gifts, or the lobby on Sunday, for $4.

The full directory will come out in a few months, click here to get yourself listed in it.  

We are making CHANGES to the full Directory: we are only going to print your spiritual name, legal name, husband, wife and children, your phone number, and email. No physical addresses will be listed.


Navigating COVID and Flu Season: Temple Guidelines for a Safe and Spiritual Community

Covid and flus are making their way through our community. If you test positive for Covid here are the CDC guidelines we follow at the temple for when and how long to isolate.  https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/isolation.html

If you are coughing or feverish you should stay home and rest anyway. If you need Prasad let the temple know and we will arrange something for you.

If you are symptomatic but going out please wear a mask, especially in crowded areas like temple kirtans during festivals. Everything is live-streamed at our temple including the fire yajnas and kirtans. Take care, of yourself and your friends and loved ones.


Class Schedule & Vaishnava Calendar

Week of Feb 27, 2024

WED 28, TPrana Govinda Das, SB 3.5.47

Bhaktisiddhanta Mhj: Service to Shastra, Great Drum

THU 29, Nagaraja Dasa Special Class

Appearance Day Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura

FRI 1, Tamohara Dasa SB 3.5.48

SAT 2,  Akuti Devi Dasi, CC Madhya 21.124-126

SUN 3, Srila Prabhupada class (recording) with interactive questions by Karnapurna Dasa Morning Lecture

Bhadra Dasa Sunday Feast lecture / Snan Yatra

MON 4, Sridevi Dasi, SB 3.5.49

TUE 5, Dharmaraj Dev Dasa, SB 3.5.50

WED 6, Pracarananda Dasa, SB 3.5.51


If you have a friend visiting Alachua temple who would like to give class here we must have 10 days advance notice to schedule them.

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Govinda's Gifts Online and at the Temple

Govinda's Gifts

Come shop at Govinda's Gifts! We are receiving new items every week. Our hours are: Mon. - Sat.: 10 am - 3 pm / Sun.: 10 am - 1 pm & 4 pm - 8 pm.

Visit our online store at: https://www.facebook.com/govindasgiftsalachua


Harinama Every Friday

A decades-old tradition

Harinama Sankirtana and Book Distribution by ISKCON Alachua devotees

Join us Fridays from 4:00–5:30 PM at 13th and University in Gainesville


Thank You To Our Monthly Donors!

Please Join Them in Supporting Your Temple.

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Your tithing dollars help maintain your temple and pay regular monthly expenses like electricity, gas, water, bhoga expenses, flowers and 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.

We rely on the generous support of our congregation and well-wishers to support Krishna's temple. Please choose an amount you feel comfortable giving each month and become a tither today!

If you prefer to give your time, we have many service opportunities in the deity department, kitchen department, outreach, Eco Farm, organic gardening, grounds maintenance and more. Connect with the department heads here.


Join our What's App List for Temple Updates

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.

  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.


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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

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ISKCON Alachua Temple

17306 NW 112th Blvd. 

Alachua, FL 32615