May 17, 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! On Wednesday, Vijaya Prabhu, ISKCON's minister of book distribution, will be visiting and giving the morning class. Friday evening HH Indradyumna Swami's Vyasa-puja will be observed in the temple room by disciples and well-wishers. Saturday is Daytona Beach Ratha-yatra, and the Youth Career Club's workshop on resumé building. In early June, two swamis will share their association with us: HH Sacinandana Swami will present a seminar on Learning to Chant with Absorption, and HH Romapada Swami will give several classes and home programs (see schedule). We continue to invite all community members to include their information in the 2022 NRR Community Directory and Marketplace. And Govinda's Gifts has lots of new products in stock. For more information, please read on...


Disability Parking: When you visit the temple, please do not park in the disability or special permit parking spaces unless you have a disability placard or permit. Thank you for your cooperation.

Graduation: We congratulate Anantadev Gonzalez, the son of Nistaranga Devi Dasi and Yugala Kishor Dasa, on graduating from University of Florida with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. He grew up in the ISKCON Alachua devotee community, attending the Alachua Learning Academy and our youth programs. He has now begun studying towards his Masters degree, and plans to pursue an engineering career in the energy sector. We wish him all the best and pray that he will lead a joyful life in service of the Vaishnavas and Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara.


Indradyumna Swami's Vyasa-Puja

Indradyumna Swami

On Friday, May 20, from 5-8 pm, the Vyasa-puja celebration of H.H. Indradyumna Swami will be held in the New Raman Reti temple room, followed by cake and ice cream prasad. Godbrothers, godsisters, well wishers and friends are all welcome to join. If you would like to speak, bring an offering, or make a contribution, please contact Brajesvari Prema dasi at 352-681-8730 or on Facebook Messenger.


Join the Facebook group for schedule and updates:

Shyamala Kishori Devi Dasi has created a website with all of maharaja’s Vrindavan lectures organized for easy access:


Daytona Beach Ratha-yatra, May 21

Daytona Beach Ratha-yatra festival, May 21, 2022

Youth Career Club: Create a Stellar Resumé

Resume Building Workshop, creating your professional narrative

Want to create your professional resumé, but unsure where to start? Join us on Saturday, May 21, at 11 a.m. for a virtual Youth Career Club event focused on finding your professional story and translating it into a stellar resume. Hosted by Balaram Poddar (Sr. Program Manager, Amazon Student Hiring), this session will be an opportunity to dive into the following:

  • What makes a strong resumé
  • How to dovetail your service/volunteer work into a clear professional narrative 
  • Building a resumé template that you can use for your entire career

This event will be held via Zoom, so please RSVP using the link below in order to receive an invite. It is open to participants of all ages and all stages in their study or careers.

Click here to sign-up now!


Seminar with Sacinandana Swami

Classes, Katha and Kirtan with Sacinandana Swami in Alachua, June 3-5, 2022

Krishna Katha with Romapada Swami

H.H. Romapada Swami will be visiting the ISKCON Alachua community from June 6-11, 2022. He'll be giving the morning class at the temple on June 7, 9 and 10, and hold an evening program on Saturday, June 11, at 6:00 pm. See the poster below for his schedule of classes and home programs:

H.H. Romapada Swami's visit, with schedule of classes and home programs.

The 2022 NRR Community Directory

New Raman Reti Community Directory Survey QR code

It's overdue, but we are finally putting together a new community directory!  

Here's what's important: every family (or single person) needs to fill out the survey if you wish to be included, even if you have been living here for decades and were listed in previous directories. While the survey is asking for much of the same info found in previous editions, we do need you to submit your information again via the current survey to re-confirm and update your listing.

We also request you to send us a current family photo to [email protected]

To make it sweeter for you, if you send in your survey as well as a photo, you will be entered into a transcendental contest. The prizes will be announced at a later date, so stay tuned!

There are two ways you can fill out your survey: one way is to use your smart phone to scan the QR code you see posted above, or on the temple bulletin boards. Then you can fill it out immediately or later at your leisure. (And don't forget to email us your photo!) If you don't have a phone that recognizes QR codes, or can't relate to this new method, here's a link to the online survey:

2022 NRR Community Directory Survey

Finally, just like in previous directories, there will be another New Raman Reti Marketplace section where you can advertise your business, occupation or skills, so devotees can network with each other! Submit a free text-only listing, or pay to place an advertisement the size of a business card, 1/4 page, half page, or full page. For more information, and to send your ad payments via Venmo or PayPal, click here.

Chandan Yatra

This Week on Hare Krishna Community Radio

Hare Krishna Community Radio logo

New Raman Reti’s own 24 /7 Radio Station - Hare Krishna Community Radio


Stories, drama, narration, the prayers of Prahlada, discussion and devotional music, this weekend, May 14-15, on Hare Krishna Community Radio.

Also, The Mahabharata continues. 

Narrations by Meenu dd, Krishna Dharma and more. 

Musical Rock Opera by Nalinikantha.

Every evening beginning at 6pm through Saturday the 14th of May.

Download: The Story of Gajendra

Log on to Hare Krishna Community Radio on Facebook for more detailed scheduling info. 

For the best in Devotional Music, Talk and Meditations from Alachua, Florida,

24/7 Transcendental Sound at Your Fingertips:


Bhaktivedanta Academy is Hiring

Bhaktivedanta Academy is hiring

We are looking for qualified candidates who possess an enthusiasm for working in a highly collaborative environment that is focused on the holistic education of children and teens with a spiritual emphasis.

If you are a self-starter who wants to be part of a rapidly expanding mission-driven school that provides an opportunity to grow personally and professionally, we encourage you to review the positions linked below and apply:


Please Donate Generously to Help Ukraine Devotees

The website contains links for donations to assist the Ukrainian devotees. It links to the GBC SPT ISKCON Online Paypal and credit/debit card gateways which also caters for donations from India. Credit/debit card donations can be made from any card with international payment facility.

Make a Donation and Get Updates on Devotees in Ukraine


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

We have a big selection of girls and ladies anarkalis, and more coming each week. Dancing skirts, wrap skirts, summer tops 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 with certain restrictions. 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


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 will be distributed, 4:30 – 6:30 pm, in pre-packaged to-go boxes at the serving tables located between the temple building and the pavilion. No eating on temple property at this time. 
  • 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 May 17, 2022

17 TUE, Sesa Dasa, SB 2.2.13

18 WED, Vijaya Dasa (guest), SB 2.2.14

19 THU, Narayani Devi Dasi, SB 2.2.15

20 FRI, Ghanashyam Dasa, SB 2.2.16

Disap. Sri Ramananda Raya

21 SAT, Krishna Svarup Dasa, CC Madhya 20.100-102

22 SUN, Pancagauda Dasa, Sunday Feast lecture

23 MON, Rama Govinda Dasa, SB 2.2.17

24 TUE, Gadadhara Pandit Dasa, SB 2.2.18

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

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