June 18 , 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!  Sudharma devi dasi ACBSP passed away, read about her life of service, her Memorial Service will be held June 30 in the temple room. Radha dasi Selvester moves from Alachua. Lots of wonderful guest speakers coming up.......read on for more

Remembering Sudharma Devi Dasi

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Our dear friend and valiant servant of Srila Prabhupada, Sudharma Dasi, has left us just after 11:00 pm EDT on June 14, 2024, in Alachua, FL from cardiac arrest. She was an integral part of the New Raman Reti community of devotees for many years, a stalwart disciple of His Divine Grace Srila Prabhupada, a friend to all who knew her, and a beloved mother to her daughters Braja and Prema.

Sudharma devi dasi took initiation from Srila Prabhupada in 1976. In her nearly 50 years of devotional life she served as a sankirtana devotee, sankirtana leader, temple board member in Philadelphia and Alachua temples, temple president in the Philippines, itinerant preacher in the Pacific Northwest and in Southeast Asia where she helped to develop congregational communities from devotees homes. She developed and managed the book distribution at Srila Prabhupada’s Palace in New Vrindavan, where she personally distributed many hundreds of Srila Prabhupada’s books each week.

She served as the ISKCON Communications Director for North America, was a member of the ISKCON Foundation, the founder of the North American and International GBC Women’s Ministry (now known as the Vaishnavi Ministry), and a North American GBC / TP Executive Officer for six years.

She established and ran the after-school program at the Alachua Learning Academy for several years, developing many elaborate programs, field trips, and other activities for the children, whom she truly loved.

Even though very ill the past few years, Sudharma developed a radio platform that was appreciated by many devotees, She connected with others who were enthusiastic about this kind of radio preaching, although she was not able to fulfill the broad vision she had for the project.

A memorial service will be held on June 30 from 1-4 pm in the ISKCON Alachua temple.

Those who would like to participate by Zoom can contact Pranada Dasi at pranadacomtois@gmail.com


HH Bhakti Anugraha Janardana Swami visits at Alachua, FL.

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Radha devi dasi (Radha Selvester) moves to Vermont this week.

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After 32 years of serving the Alachua devotee community, Radha has made the difficult decision to find a place where she can step back from serving others and heal from serious health challenges and exhaustion.

She will be sorely missed. Her beautiful smile and can-do attitude, and her deep love of serving others, cannot be easily replaced. Radha has connected our devotees with countywide services, with all sorts of life’s basic necessities, and with connection through her creation of, the MR4SP Facebook page, for many many years. She modernized the Radharani Club with online bake sales and organized a social services and devotee care group to name just a few of her contributions over the years.

We held a small going away party last weekend, to express our love and gratitude for all she does for others. It was really nice to learn how she came to Krishna Consciousness. She was 17 years old, working in a health food store in Boston, alongside Dhira Dasi who was already connected with Krishna Consciousness. Dhira would stop at the temple in the mornings and stock up on prasad and books, which she would hand out to customers she deemed ‘ready’. But when she noticed the care and attention Radha gave to each customer in the store, Dhira knew this girl ‘was meant to serve’! Over their time together Dhira introduced her to the temple and even gave her

a specially made bead bag. About a year later, they met up again in California while Radha was visiting universities with her father, and Dhira was in the San Diego temple.

Radha decided to spend the night at the temple and when she opened her suitcase Dhira saw her pull out the bead bag she’d given her. Radha said, “you never told me what to do with this”! Once she learned to chant she never stopped and soon moved into the temple and ‘the rest is history’ as we say.

We wish Radha well in her next chapter and have let her know she is welcome back here at New Raman Reti anytime she is ready!


Guest Speakers Coming Up

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Monthly 6 Hours Kirtan

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New Temple for Lord Nrishimhadeva and Gopishwar Mahadev

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You can be part of building the New Temple for Lord Nrisimhadeva and Gopishwar Mahadev

We are building a small but beautiful temple for Lord Nrisimhadeva, protector of the devotees, in a lovely setting between the organic vegetable gardens.

The temple has been designed by Akuti Devi Dasi, and she and other artisans will handcraft many details to enhance the temple.

The Shanti Nrisimha deity has been hand-carved by Adideva Das.

A brick pathway will circumambulate the temple and lead to a small outdoor gazebo where Gopishwar Mahadev (Vriddha Siva, or Kshetrapala) the protector of the holy dhama, will reside.

Please click here to make a contribution to build this temple


We held the cornerstone laying ceremony for the new temple on Lord Nrisimhadeva's Appearance Day last week.  It was a very auspicious and moving ceremony, and we expect all good fortune moving forward as it is built.

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Bhaktivedanta Institute Events

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Check out what's happening at the https://bihstudies.org/events/


Tithing is an Important Way of Serving Krishna and Supporting Your Temple.

Please Start a Tithe Today!

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“It is a joy for us to give a monthly donation to the New Raman Reti temple. We receive great nourishment and inspiration from the daily sanga that the temple facilitates.”

— Shyam Kishore and Rasamrita

If you are reading this, you are part of the ever expanding New Raman Reti ISKCON of Alachua Hare Krishna Temple. We need you! 

If this temple plays an important place in your life in any way, please become a financial supporter.

We need all of you!  

Do you take prasad at the temple? Come for Kirtans? Deity Darshans? Festivals? Rathyatras? Listen to daily classes?

It all takes funds to maintain these programs and all of our costs to operate (utilities, bhoga, flowers, insurance policies, etc) have gone up. Every single thing we do for our community has become more expensive. Unfortunately, the number of donations is not increasing, even as the number of devotees here increases.  

It is easy to schedule a monthly commitment to the temple. Click here to (https://alachuatemple.com/tithe/) to set up a recurring monthly donation, or set up an ACH debit from your bank account to the temple's.

“We tithe as our loving offering in service to our community deities.” 

— Lilesvari dd and Rohininandana das

We are grateful for your support. Please click here to set up a regular monthly tithing donation today!


Govinda's Gifts Online and at the Temple

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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.

Please stop by and check out our new line of spring and summer clothing just in.

We have Ekadasi Hing once again!

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


Introducing The Newly Formed New Raman Reti

Welcome Committee

Outreach Preaching and Hospitality Meeting

If you are one of the many devotees newly arrived in our devotee community, we would like to get to know you.

You can check in at the lobby of the temple room and fill out a new

member form.

Please stop by the temple office and introduce yourself. We are open

Monday through Friday from 10 am - 3 pm.

Give us your contact information so you can receive our emails and

mailings: contact@alachuatemple.com

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happening here. Go to www.alachuatemple.com, scroll down to the

bottom of the homepage, and fill in the request form.

Let us know if you would like to engage in some service at the

temple, check the newsletter and website to connect with

online reading groups and get information on upcoming festivals

and temple projects.


Art of Kirtan has Launched

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To celebrate, we have a gift for you. 

Kirtan Katha, a wonderful course on the internal mood and meditation of kirtan, is waiting for you. 

Please go to artofkirtan.org, create an account, and you’ll have instant access.

You'll also find our foundational music courses: The Language of Music, Harmonium 1, Kartal Course, and Mridanga 1. 

On each course page, there is an intro video, and a full description of the lessons included. It will give you a good idea of the nectar inside.

We think you'll be amazed.   


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 June 18, 2024

WED 19, HH Bhakti Anugraha Janardan Maharaja SB 3.9.9

THU 20, HH Bhakti Anugraha Janardan Maharaja SB 3.9.10

FRI 21, Vyasa Dasa, SB 3.9.10 (cont'd)

SAT 22, Pundarika Vidhyanidhi Dasa, CC Madhya 22.24-26

SUN 23, Srila Prabhupada class (recording) with interactive questions by Karnapurna Dasa Morning Lecture

Nagaraja Dasa Sunday Feast Lecture

MON 24, Advaita Acarya Dasa, SB 3.9.11

TUE 25, Nandini Kishori Devi Dasi, SB 3.9.12

WED 26, Padmanayan Dasa (guest), SB 3.9.13


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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Reading Groups

Harinama Sankirtana and Book Distribution by ISKCON Alachua devotees

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


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