December 6, 2022

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! Saturday is the Alachua Christmas Parade Ratha-yatra; meet behind Alachua Villas at 1 p.m. Our Book Distribution Marathon continues and you can help reach our goal to distribute 1000 Bhagavad-gita As It Is. Shop Govinda's Gifts for the holidays, and give prasad gifts of beautifully packaged cookies and fudge from the temple kitchen. New Orleans Ratha-yatra is December 17 and you're invited! If you'd like to purchase gifts for Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara we have suggestions. Mark your calendars and celebrate New Year's Eve with us at the temple, with kirtan, homa and auspicious prayers. For details, please read on...

Alachua Christmas Parade Ratha-yatra

Alachua Christmas Parade Ratha-yatra

The Alachua Christmas Parade & Ratha-yatra procession is on Saturday, Dec 10. The truck will pull a flatbed trailer (for kids) and the Ratha-yatra cart, with Lord Jagannatha. Come chant and dance with us in the parade. We will meet behind Alachua Villas at 1:00 pm.  


Book Distribution Marathon

Now through January 1

"Books are so potent..." poster link

Team ISKCON Alachua has a goal to distribute 1000 Bhagavad-gita As It Is during this Book Distribution Marathon.

In a letter to Balavanta Dasa (11/23/76) Srila Prabhupada wrote:

 “The more the books are distributed, the more the ignorance of the age of Kali will be smashed. ..We have to increase this book distribution work more and more to firmly establish this movement, which is the only hope for the suffering living entities.”

Please assist Srila Prabhupada in spreading sublime spiritual knowledge. Purchase books to distribute yourself, or sponsor books and the temple will distribute them on your behalf. 

Stop by the temple lobby on Sundays (5pm - 7pm) or go to 

For more info contact [email protected], WhatsApp 352-283-3886


Shop Govinda's Gifts for the Holidays

We have everything for your Holiday gift list, fantastic Krishna conscious knick knacks, jewelry, tulasi mala, new ladies' clothing, gorgeous shawls and chaddars, big selection of children's books, dolls and more. Open daily by appointment, or just come over, Jahnudvipa is there most days, and every Sunday 4-8 pm.

new items at Govinda's Gifts

Holiday Cookies and Fudge

Holiday cookies - image courtesy of, used with permission

The temple is selling tins of holiday cookies and fudge. Place your order now. The last day to order is Dec. 17. A two dozen assortment of Russian Teacakes and Pfeffernüsse Spice is $15. A tin of 18 pieces of chocolate fudge is $15. Pre-pay online via PayPal, or pay cash at the time of pickup on Saturdays, Dec 10th, 17th and 24th. Email [email protected] to coordinate pickup.


Thank You Ukraine Fundraiser Contributors

Thank you to all the devotees who contributed to help the temples in Ukraine purchase generators for the cold winter.  ISKCON Alachua was able to send over $4000 for this.

The ONE DAY FOR UKRAINE festival organized by VIRA, Kasisvara Dasa and Leah Bielat this past October, raised over $8000 that day, including from the sales of artwork created by Bhaktivedanta Academy students. $7,000 has been sent to the Bhaktivedanta Charity Foundation in Kyiv as a part of the international Share Your Care initiative. $5,000 of this amount will go to the New Mayapur community in Ukraine which accommodates over 150 devotee refugees, and $1500 will be spent on the needs of children in an orphanage in Dnipro.


New Orleans Ratha-yatra

New Orleans Ratha-yatra, Dec 17

Gifts for the Deities

pots and flower chopper

If you would like to get a gift for that couple who have everything (Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara), here are some things we could use in the pujari area:

a Set of Stainless Steel Pots for cooking for Krishna, and a Fresh Flower Stem Cutter.


New Year's Eve at the Temple

Happy New Year!

Join us for the New Year's Eve celebration at New Raman Reti temple with a special extended yajña homa (fire sacrifice). 

We will chant the Pancha Suktam for this special event. 

Pancha Suktam refers to the five main suktas or Vedic hymns. The Pancha Suktams of Vaishnava tradition are Purusha Suktam, Vishnu Suktam, Narayana Suktam, Sri/Bhu Suktam, and the Nila Suktam. These five powerful Vedic hymns are most auspicious. What better way to bring in the New Year than joining with the devotees andparticipating in this yajña. Auspiciousness and blessings follow one who chants the Lords Names and praises Him with selected Vedic prayers. 

We will start at 7:00 pm just after the Gaura Arati. 


Bhagavad-Gita Reading Group

This is an open invitation to all those who would like to read and discuss Bhagavad-gita in the association of devotees. It is an interactive reading where everyone has an opportunity to participate. Every Sunday at noon via Zoom:

To receive weekly notifications about the Sunday Bhagavad-Gita readings please click on this WhatsApp chat group link. 


A decades-old tradition

Harinama Every Friday

Harinama Sankirtana and Book Distribution by ISKCON Alachua devotees

4:00–5:30 PM

13th and University

Gainesville, Florida

Rain or Shine 

The chanting location is protected from the sun and rain.


Support Your Temple With a Tithe

Temple Tithe

"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.”

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!


Support Devotee Care at New Raman Reti

Devotee Care - image courtesy of

As our New Raman Reti Community expands it's clear that in order to take care of our extended family we're going to need more caregivers. Our Devotee Care Group has a small core of devotees overseeing the needs. But the plan is to expand. By dividing our community into twelve neighborhoods we're envisioning each neighborhood caring for the needs of the community for one month each year. This would prevent "burn out" and give everyone a chance to follow in Srila Prabhupada's footsteps by serving one another. More details will be forthcoming!

But if you would like to provide a hospital visit, in-home visits, prasad delivery, medical advocacy or other types of support now, we need you! There are several devotees in care homes and they would love your association. Even if you went once a month, it would be so appreciated.  You can text Sukhada Devi Dasi at 352-474-7294 to get a list of names and addresses of our devotees in Care Homes now!

As you might imagine, 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.


Online Survey: 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

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


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.

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.


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

When Illness Takes Hold: Hopeful Words for Sadhakas explores the challenges and opportunities we face when dealing with illness (or losses and other obstacles) while practicing bhakti. Click here to download the PDF e-book.


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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 5:30 – 7:00 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 December 6, 2022

TUE 6, Sesa Dasa, SB 2.7.7

WED 7, Sukhada Devi Dasi, SB 2.7.8

THU 8, Madhumati Devi Dasi, SB 2.7.9

FRI 9, Govinda Dasa, SB 2.7.10

SAT 10, Puskara Dasa, CC Madhya 185-202

SUN 11, Srila Prabhupada morning class (recording) with interactive questions by Karnapura Dasa | Tamohara Dasa, Sunday Feast lecture

Disappearance Day of Srila Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thakura (fast until noon)

MON 12, Pracarananda Dasa, SB 2.7.11

TUE 13, Krishna Abhishek Dasa, SB 2.7.12

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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ISKCON Alachua Temple

17306 NW 112th Boulevard 

Alachua, FL 32615