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Gaura Purnima Festival: the Holy Appearance Day of Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu
Thursday, March 5, 2015 (fasting until moonrise)



Schedule of Events for the Day:
  • 4:30 a.m. - Mangal Arati
  • 7:20 a.m. - Guru Puja
  • 8:00 a.m. - Deity Greeting (New Outfit)
  • 8:30 a.m. - Lecture - Caitanya Lila - (Srimad Bhagavatam Class day before - March 4, 2015, will be remembering the installation of our Sri Sri Gaura Nitai with Amarendra das)
  • 9:30 a.m. - Abhisheka of Gaura Nitai Deities- all participate
  • 9:30 a.m. - Ongoing bhajans
  • 12:00 noon - Raj Bhoga Arati
  • 4:15 p.m. - Utthapana Arati and Kirtan
  • 5:00 p.m. - Children's activities
  • 5:30 p.m. - Sri Caitanya Astatarasatta Nama Homa
  • 6:30 p.m. - Sundhaya Arati and maha kirtan, distribution of Holi colors
  • 7:00 p.m. - Prasadam Feast
  • 7:30 p.m. - Burning of Holika

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BAKE SALE: The Radharani Club Bake Sale will be going on during the Gaura Purnima festival. We are calling on everyone to kindly bake or cook an item for the sale. Please bring your item to the Radharani Club table at 4:00 p.m. If you can't bake, please come and buy something. All proceeds go for new Deity outfits and jewelry, so please contribute!


Maha Cleanup Before Gaura Purnima
Held Saturday, February 28, 2015



There will be a “Gundica Temple” Maha Cleanup Saturday (February 28, 2015) before Gaura Purnima. Calling all surrendered souls who would like to catch the special mercy of Lord Caitanya.

Come one come all -- bring your rubber gloves and enthusiasm. We will put you to work cleaning Krishna's temple from top to bottom. We're getting ready for Gaura Purnima and want to do like Sri Caitanya Mahaprabhu did cleaning the Gundica temple for the Lord's pleasure. Choose your spot—pujari room, Deity kichen, Temple room, veranda, picnic tables, and prasadam serve out tables. Please bring your own bucket, rags, vacuum, gloves, and any cleaning supplies you can spare. Special lunch feast for all cleaners.


Wanted



The Temple farmhands are in need of a pickup truck to use only on the farm. it doesn't have to be road-worthy, just farm worthy. We can even pay a little for the right vehicle. Contact Mukhya devi dasi at 386-462-2017 if you know of anything we might use here in Krishna's service.


Devotees Brave War-Torn Ukraine to Provide "Food For Life"



A brave group of devotees have mounted a Food For Life effort and are preparing enough sanctified vegetarian food, or prasadam, to distribute to 600 to 800 people every day in the war-ravaged city of Donetsk, South-East Ukraine. Click here to read the full article on ISKCON News.
Eco Teaching Farm Update
Latest Achievements



The solar well pump is all hooked up and working beautifully! The water pressure is strong and filled the 9,000 gallon tank quickly, all by the power of solar energy. We have hooked up two of the solar panels donated years ago by Ambarisa das. Since it only required the power of one panel to fill the water tank, Trivikrama Chrebolu has offered to purchase a battery cell to store the energy from the second panel, which we will use later to operate lights in the barn. Check out the artistic bench made by Satyaki devi dasi's students from locally found branches and tree trunks!! They are going into our outdoor classroom under the low hanging oak tree. The greenhouse is completed, and Akuti devi dasi and Bhakta Nathan will start seedlings in there soon. The raised beds are almost ready to plant -- look for a weekend workshop planting more food forests soon.






Go Raksha Dharma Cow Protection

The New Raman Reti Goshala’s primary concern is to glorify and protect the sacred cow whose presence is always supremely pleasing to Lord Krishna. Everything that the cow produces is for the benefit of mankind and yet this all-giving animal is ignored, abused and exploited in modern society. Through the experience of a functioning goshala, we will be able to educate people about the value of the gentle, magnanimous cow and the importance of oxen in farming.

Please support this great effort. We have raised 2/3 of the needed funds to build the Goshala, only $30K remaining and we can begin. Click here to support the program, or quickly donate below.

Sponsorship Options




The entrance walls to the Eco Teaching Farm are now complete. Hand made of cobb on a base of local rocks covered in tinted hempcrete and embellished with charming dancing cows, we pray that this lovely entrance way will usher in the new Goshala Barn for Krishna's milking cows.


Back to Godhead Magazine
Subscription Drive



Srila Prabhupada saw Back to Godhead magazine as the fulfillment of his request to "Study my books scrutinizingly and then give the purports in your own words." He was of course the first writer, printer, and distributor of Back to Godhead magazine, and encouraged his disciples to distribute it widely. In the early days of ISKCON, disciples went door to door with the magazine, and every harinama party had someone selling magazines to interested passersby. In those days Back to Godhead magazine was termed "the backbone of ISKCON." It was our first "book" for educating the general public on Krishna consciousness.

As times changed, sales have waned, and today there is a concentrated effort to invigorate distribution. The magazine is particularly geared for devotees and our large extended congregational members. You'll find interesting news from around the ISKCON world, relevant questions and answers, articles that delve into Vaishnava philosophy, and lots of gorgeous glossy photos.

Subscription Drive: Every temple in North America has been asked to commit to 30 new subscriptions a year for the next two years to give the magazine the financial base it requires to keep printing. If you don't currently subscribe, you can do so in our Temple Gift Shop, and at the book tent every Sunday. Single current issues are always for sale in the Gift Shop. As an offering to Srila Prabhupada for the 50th anniversary of ISKCON BTG hopes to show 10k subscriptions.
Upcoming Courses with Laxmimoni Devi Dasi

Laxmimoni Devi Dasi will be teaching the ISKCON Disciple Course and Teacher Training 1&2 in the Bhakti Bhavan building located at the back of the temple property. For more information, and to register and pay online, click here.


Guest Accomodations at Temple



We have a three- bedroom home that can accommodate up to six people comfortably. You can reserve just the master suite with attached bath ($60/night), one or both of the smaller rooms with shared bath ($40 per room/night) or the entire house ($100/night). There is a kitchen and living room, and breakfast and lunch served at the Temple is included. For reservations please call 386-462-2017 or E-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to check availability. More photos.


ISKCON Alachua Community Business Directory
Advertise Your Business/Service Today



COMING SOON, THE ISKCON ALACHUA COMMUNITY BUSINESS DIRECTORY: If you have a business or service you would like to let the devotee community know about, we would like to list your information in our new Business Directory. A simple one or two line item is free. Bold print with your information highlighted is $25. Business card sized ads, as well as a half page or full page ad are available. Click here to download a form. You may E-mail, fax or bring it over to the Temple Office.


Caring for Devotees



We are happy to announce our new website "Caring For Devotees," a part of our NRR Devotee CARE efforts. Click here to read more.


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