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Alachua Temple on Facebook
Alachua Temple is now on Facebook. Click this link to see.
Govinda's Gifts Shop
  • Big selection of tulasi mala and neckbeads, many from the world famous Radha Kund carvers
  • Ladies anarkalis is all sizes, from XXS through XL
  • Girls dresses all sizes
  • Lots of new skirts
  • 100% pure and organic fragrance oils for Deity worship
  • Artwork and Murtis galore
  • Bedspreads, Chaddars (men and women),
  • Lots of new gorgeous saris from all over India
Come on in and check it out. Open Sunday from 4:00 PM - 8:00 PM. If you would like to get into our store during off hours, please call or text Rasalila devi dasi, and she will be happy to take you in. 352-222-1011. As always, thank you for supporting the Deity seva in New Raman Reti by shopping at Govinda's Gifts.
Feast Sponsors
We would like to thank the devotees for kindly sponsoring the Sunday Feast throughout the year. Feast sponsorships are available for November and December 2018. This is a wonderful and auspicious way to honor birthdays, anniversaries, births, and departed loved ones, and get the blessings of Krishna and His devotees. Please call the Temple Office at 386-462-2017 if you are interested or click this link.
  • November 4, 2018, - Harp Bagga; Virinder & Sushma Bhardwaj in honor of Lokesh Newas' Birthday (their son); Sthita-dhi-muni das on behalf of GH Ruth and Tomar devi dasi
  • November 11, 2018, - Godruma das & Visnu Priya devi dasi
  • November 18, 2018, - Ramanatha das memory of his mother; Dr. Yoga Sundram
  • November 25, 2018, - Guruprasada devi dasi & Namamrta devi dasi in honor of Devarata das' birthday
  • December 2, 2018, - Disciples of Radhanatha Swami in honor of his Appearance day
  • December 9, 2018, - Dr. Anand and Shalini Kesari
  • December 16, 2018, - Latha & Saravanan Pollachi: in honor of Malavika Sokkhar's birthday
Guest Accomodations at Temple
Now you can spend a weekend or longer experiencing the peaceful spiritual life of our Hare Krishna farm community. We currently have one guest house with three bedrooms that can accommodate up to 6 people. The guest house has WIFI. The charge for the guest house is $125 per night. Individual rooms may also be rented, depending on the number in your party. The master bedroom with attached bath is $65/night, the single room is $45/night and the bunk room is $49/night. These two rooms use a shared bath in the haallway. Breakfast and lunch are served at the Temple at 9:00 am & 12:30 pm, which are available to you if you are here at those times. Please note that check-in is between 3-8 pm and check/-out is by 11 am. For reservations please call 386-462-2017 or E-mail: to check availability.
Morning Sweets
The morning sweets from our Deities can now be sponsored for a donation of $51.00. This is a wonderful way to honor a loved one or an event.  Please contact the Temple office at 386-462-2017, or see Saksi Gopal das for more information. You can also sponsor online by clicking this link.
Community & Classes
Personal One-on-one Yoga Classes
Bhakta Tony has returned to the NRR community, and is offering personalized yoga classes geared to one’s individual needs. Tony understands the effects of aging on the body and knows how to help keep his students mobile and pain free. Contact him directly at 585-200-4227 or at

TUESDAY EVENING CLASS Interactive discussion every Tuesday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room. Topic will be the systematic study of Srila Prabhupada's Caitanya Caritamrita, focusing on his key points from each purports in each chapter. Please come and hear the class live in the temple room, or online at Facilitator: Prana Govinda das. If you cannot attend, text your questions/thoughts/comments throughout class to 352 222 9696 .

FRIDAY NIGHT BHAJANS every Friday, 7:00 p.m. in the Temple room.
New Family Room/Nursery at the Temple This space is a heated and cooled space for parents to take care of their babies and young children while listening to the Temple program via radio. Current open hours are festival evening programs and Sunday feasts when the gift shop is open. Additionally, a coded lockbox with a key inside is now installed on the building so parents can access this space during the daily morning program and festival morning programs.
Mental Illness
In case of a mental health emergency, follow this protocol. Also, click here for mental health resources in the Gainesville area.

Other Website Links

Cow Protection
Krishna and the Cows
Learn about our Cow Protection Program at our Face Book Page or our Web Site. Learn about our Retired Cow Program at Save the Cow website. Remember, you can't have cow protection without a retired cow program. That's what it's all about!

Newsletter Deadline Reminder

Newsletter Staff:
Editor-in-Chief: Mukhya devi dasi
Mantrini devi dasi
Deity Photos: Mantrini devi dasi
Article Submission deadline:
1:00 p.m.Friday weekly

Send Temple-related articles/photos to: (The editors reserve the right to exclude or edit all submissions.)
Srila Prabhupada
Dedicated to ISKCON Founder-Acarya: His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada
17306 NW 112th Boulevard
Alachua, FL 32615
Phone: 386-462-2017
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
Thanksgiving Feast at the Temple
November 22, 2018
Pie There will be a Thanksgiving Feast at the Temple. It will be served at 1:00 p.m., Thursday, November 22, 2018, following noon arati. This menu will be provided:
  • Lasagna with Fresh Vegetables
  • Roasted Rosemary Potatoes
  • Gravy
  • Tossed Salad and Krishna Lunch Dressing
  • Upma Stuffing with Panir
  • Cranberry Chutney
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Sparkling Fruit Punch
Adults: $6.00 and children under 10 years: $3.00.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Festival of the Holy Name
Friday & Saturday, November 23 & 24, 2018
Holy Name
The Festival of the Holy Name will be held from 10:00 AM to 10:00 this Friday and Saturday. Leading up to the Festival will be kirtans tonight at the home of Nalinikanta das and Ratnesvari devi dasi and Wednesday evening in the Temple room. Looking forward to serving with you, Festival of the Holy Name team.
Next ISKCON Disciples Course in Alachua
Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2018
The ISKCON Disciples Course is a training program which deepens devotees understanding of guru tattva and guru padasraya within the multiple guru environment of ISKCON. This is a mandatory course for all devotees preparing to take initiation in ISKCON. (The course is also recommended for leaders, preachers, counselors and educators in ISKCON.) The course was developed under the direction of the Guru Services Committee, with the combined efforts of leading educators in ISKCON. The course is based on the teachings of Srila Prabhupada and current ISKCON Law and gives reference to the writings from the broader Gaudiya Vaisnava tradition. The 14 lessons include Powerpoint presentations, fun interactive workshops and assessment exercises. You will receive a certificate at the end of the class.

The following topics will be covered:
  • Guru-tattva & Parampara - The truth about the concept of Guru and the guru's connection to the disciplic succession.
  • Srila Prabhupada as ISKCON's Founder-Acarya & Gurus in ISKCON
  • Guru-padasraya & Selecting a Guru - How to take select a Guru and take shelter of the Guru ( his lotus feet)
  • Initiation Vows & Guru-puja
  • Guru-seva: Vapuh- & Vani-Seva - Serving the guru: both his personal form and his instruction
  • Guru-tyaga & Presenting One's Guru - How to present your guru to persons who are either not initiated or initiated by another Guru.
  • Relationships within ISKCON & Course Round Up
WHO: Tamohara das
WHERE: Bhaktivedanta Academy (on Temple grounds), Krishna Sharanam Classroom. SEE MAP for parking and room location.
December 1 & 2, 2018 - Saturday: 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM. & Sunday: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
MATERIALS FEE: $25 which must be PREPAID before attending the course (See below) Fees include books, lunches & materials
TO REGISTER: E-mail the Temple and put "Disciples Course" in the subject line - and prepay through link below. Also, contact the Temple regarding accomodation information if you are coming from out of town.
Prepay $25 fee here through PayPal

Mantrini devi dasi reporting
Guest Visitor Dhananjaya das
Tuesday - Tuesday, November 20 - 27, 2018
Dhananjaya das
Dhananjaya das joined in London 1969 at the first Ratha- yatra there. He and his wife Bala Gopal devi dasi started the Amsterdam and Rome temple. He was on the first American sankirtan party.They returned to Bury place in England, and Srila Prabupada asked them to find a bigger place, so they found the Bhaktivedanta Manor. Later Srila Prabhupada asked him to be the president in Vrindavan. They started the first mukut business in Vrindavan. After years in India, they returned to England.

He will be giving the Sunday Feast lecture on November 25, 2018; as well as morning Bhagavatam class on Monday November 26, 2018.
Rangavati devi dasi reporting
Krishna Institute's Karatal Crash Course
Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2018
Devala Griffith
What: The Karatal Crash Course brought to you by the Krishna Institute
Who: Devala Griffith
Where: Alachua Temple Room
When: 1:30 – 3:00 PM Saturday & Sunday, December 1 & 2, 2018
Suggested Donation: $15 – $20.

Many devotees attend our beautiful Temple kirtan programs looking for inspiration and fulfillment, which they often find. Unfortunately many have experienced the spiritual atmosphere negatively impacted by poor karatal playing. We say: hate the sin not the sinner! The problem can be simply a lack of training.

That’s why we’ve created the Karatal Crash Course.
We’ll film and upload the course, so you will have lifetime access to it.
Bring your own karatals. If you don’t own any, let us know and we’ll accommodate you.
Bring your smartphone, if you have one. Android preferred.
Please arrive on time, so you can get the most out of the course.
To register (required): Form .
We’ll limit the course to 15 attendees to optimize the learning of each participant.
For more information contact Devala Griffith at or (352) 538-7189.
Devala Griffith reporting
CALL for NRR Temple Board Candidates
There are Two Vacancies on the NRR Board to be Filled
During the December 2018 NRR Board elections, there will be two vacancies on the NRR Management Board to be filled. To be eligible to run, all candidates must chant 16 rounds daily, follow the four regulative principles, tithe and be residents of Alachua County.
Click for Board of Directors Job Description. If you are qualified and would like to run for the positions, contact Sri Vrindavan devi dasi at or call the Temple Office at 386-462-2017.
The DEADLINE for applying to be a candidate is TODAY Tuesday, November 20, 2018.
Third Community Development Conference
Report on Conference Held Recently
The third Community Development Conference took place at New Raman Reti. You can learn about our Community Development Initiative and how it developed at This event presented an organized approach to serving and sharing with friends by launching Action Teams for the 10 focus areas that emerged from the CDI Survey and Conferences 1 and 2 where we “Explored” and “Analyzed” the different facets of our growing community.

During this third and final conference, entitled “Implement,” we started with icebreaker exercises, followed by special presentations on team building. Audience participation was encouraged , and our teams started on the road to developing our priority issue. Through this conference I could see the tremendous potential to develop and enhance our community on many levels (such as relationship building, practical service, helping those in need, supporting our next generations) while furthering Srila Prabhupada’s movement.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Richard L. Thompson Archives Website
A Community Preview
Sadaputa das (Richard L. Thompson), a disciple of Srila Prabhupada and founding member of the Bhaktivedanta Institute, spent nearly 15 years living, worshipping and researching here in the Alachua community of devotees. Because many of you knew Sadaputa as a friend, as well as a “As Saint Among Scientists; A Scientist Among Saints,” we would like to offer all the prabhus involved with New Raman Reti an opportunity to preview a new website dedicated to his work as well as to the Bhaktivedanta Institute, before its official launch.

Either of the following addresses offer direct access to the new website: -or- http://www.richardlthompson.comWe would like to draw upon your feedback to help improve the site before announcing a formal launch on ISKCON News and Dandavats. Thus we humbly request your impressions and insights. Thank you for all the suggestions that you can kindly share.
Prishni devi dasi reporting
"Greeter" Service at Temple
Greeting Guests at the Sunday Feast
In an effort to make our temple more 'user friendly' for guests that come on Sunday, we would like to have an assigned Greeter set up along the walk way leading up to the Temple. Many people come for their first time and just don't know where to go or even what our program is for the day. Think how nice it would be for you if you were to go somewhere for the first time and were met by a friendly face who could tell you the lay of the land.

While this is a service that is commonly covered in most churches, it isn't something we have done successfully for quite a while. It's a great way to help newcomers feel comfortable and welcomed. You'd only have to say hello and point the way. If this is something you would like to do even once every two months, please let me know so I can fill a schedule. E-mail: or call the office at 386-462-2017.
Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Month of Damodara Celebration at the Temple
Kartika Festival
As we know, this is a very auspicious time of the year. It is stated in the Skanda Purana that all holy places reside in the month of Kartika, which is eternally dear to Lord Krishna.

Every morning after Gurupuja at 7:30 a.m. and every evening after 6:30 p.m. arati, we will chant the Damodarastakam prayers in the Temple and give all the devotees present an opportunity to offer ghee wicks to Sri Sri Radha Shyamasunda, Sri Sri Gaura Nitai, and Sri Sri Krishna Balarama. Please join us at one of these two times to worship Lord Damodara during this auspicious month. If you would like the ghee lights sponsored in your name on any day during Kartika, CLICK HERE.

Mukhya devi dasi reporting
Their Lordships Sri Sri Gaura Nitai
Sri Sri Gaura Nitai New Raman Reti
Their Lordships Sri Sri Radha Syamasundara
Sri Sri Radha Syamasundara New Raman Reti Dhama
Their Lordships Sri Sri Krishna Balarama
Sri Sri Krishna Balarama in New Raman Reti Dhama
Daily Class Schedule - Week of November 20, 2018
Schedule subject to change. Click here for most updated schedule.
Srila Prabhupada
Day  Date  Speaker  Verses Festival  Sunday Feast 
Tues. 11/20 Dina Sharana das 11.27.25-29  
Nagaraja das
Pran Govinda das
Tamohara das
Pundarika Vidyanidhi das
Madhya 15.93-101
Dhananjaya das
Dhananjaya das
Nanda devi dasi
Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare