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  • Book Distribution Keeps Team ISKCON Alachua Connected

    As the year nears its conclusion, Team ISKCON Alachua, the book distribution effort of the biggest Hare Krishna community in the Western world, is already in the midst of its final marathon of 2021, the Live to Give Campaign.

  • Alachua’s Bhaktivedanta Academy Seeks Teaching Interns

    The Bhaktivedanta Academy in Alachua, Florida, a thriving spiritually-centered Pre-K through 10th grade Montessori and International Baccalaureate school, is seeking applicants for its new internship program for Pre-K and Elementary teachers.

  • Alachua’s Bhaktivedanta Academy Successfully Keeps Students Safe Throughout Pandemic School Year

    On June 4th, Bhaktivedanta Academy – a Montessori school serving the New Raman Reti community in Alachua, Florida – will reach a successful end to its most challenging year so far.

  • Alachua’s Hare Krishna Community Radio Soft Launches on Christmas Day

    A Hare Krishna Community Radio station based in Alachua, Florida had a soft launch on Christmas Day, broadcasting a series of devotional programs on the holiday as well as over four days at New Year’s.

  • Devotee Profile: Youth Leader and Magician Dattatreya Yogesvara Das

    What leads one to become a Hare Krishna youth leader, initiated brahmana, real estate and food company manager, GBC trainee, and yes, a magician, all before the age of thirty-five? 

  • ISKCON Alachua Starts Gradual Reopening of Temple with Restrictions

    Temple President Mukhya Dasi cautions that the gradual reopening at ISKCON Alachua is a trial run, and that the temple will continue to monitor Coronavirus cases in the Alachua area, where the rate of positive results from testing is currently low.

  • Bhaktivedanta Academy Students Create Artistic Time Capsule to Cope With Pandemic

    By giving them exciting creative challenges, the purpose of this project is to help children and their families cope with the emotional toll the social isolation, the anxiety and the uncertainties create. “Most children express their thought and feelings better through different forms of arts, than words. Art has a healing power,” the project coordinator says. 

  • Sadhu Sanga Men’s Group Creates Support, Lifelong Friendships

    A devotee men’s group started in Alachua, Florida in 1992 has offered both spiritual and practical support, as well as close friendships, for members over the past 28 years. 

  • North American Temples Close During COVID-19 Pandemic, Reach Out Online

    This unprecedented environment has also created an unprecedented state of affairs for ISKCON, with all events cancelled, and temples across North America closed to the public, as well as to devotees except temple residents.

  • Gaura Mandali Kirtan Academy for Children Launches in Alachua

    “For me, the mridanga has always been a special companion,” says Thakura. “So I like to share with students that they’re starting this new relationship they’re going to have for their entire life."

  • Festival of the Holy Name to Hold Ten Days of Kirtan for Tenth Anniversary

    The festival began in 2010, when second generation devotees Govinda Syer, Gaura Shakti Allin and Govinda Cordua decided to create an immersive experience for Alachua community members who couldn’t make it to kirtan events around the country.

  • Young ISKCON Activists Take Part in Global Climate Strike

    Over four million people around the globe walked out of their schools and workplaces on Friday September 20th to demand an end to the age of fossil fuels. The protests were organized by young people led by 16-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg. The campaign has seen students walk out of their schools on Fridays to demand their political leaders take urgent action to address climate change.

  • Hare Krishna Health Fair Makes a Proactive Stance for Devotees’ Health

    While devotees are often focused on caring for their spiritual health, our bodies are temples that we use to serve Krishna, and must not be neglected – especially as more ISKCON members become advanced in age.

  • The Consciousness In Science Conference Was A Great Success

    In preparing for the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies’ Consciousness in Science 2019 conference opening ceremony at the University of Florida’s Harn Museum on Friday 18th January, so much interest arose that it was necessary for the organisers to curtail advertising efforts.

  • Kaliyaphani Das Passes Away After A Life of Service

    Kaliyaphani Das, an English disciple of Srila Prabhupada known for being multi-talented and always ready to serve – as an actor/director, book distributor, kirtan leader, and groundskeeper to name but a few – passed away in a motorcycle accident on January 3rd, 2019 in Alachua, Florida. He was sixty-five.

  • Merry Krishnas Bring Good Cheer to Alachua Christmas Parade

    Around one hundred devotees from the New Raman Reti ISKCON community participated in the Alachua Christmas Parade on Saturday December 8th, in Alachua, Florida. All the townspeople turned out for the occasion, packing the sidewalks. 

  • Alachua Eco Farm Celebrates Simple Living at Fall Festival

    About 350 people streamed in through the rustic cob entranceway of ISKCON Alachua’s Eco Teaching Farm on October 27th, buzzing and excited to attend its third annual Fall Festival and learn more about simple living and higher thinking. 

  • Bhaktiland Offers Grants to Support Devotee Artists

    Heartwood Soundstage, an intimate venue in Gainesville, Florida will come alive at 7pm on Wednesday November 7thwith the second annual kirtan dance party and fundraiser by non-profit Bhaktiland Inc.

  • Ministry of Education Conference Report (Alachua) Florida, USA

    This conference was an intense, heart-changing event for all the attendees and the virtual participants.

  • ISKCON Educators Conference Will Be Held in Alachua, Florida

    The ISKCON Ministry of Education’s annual education conference will be held in New Raman Reti dhama – Alachua, Florida June 21 through June 24, 2018. The purpose of this year’s conference is to facilitate connections between fellow educators.

  • BI Conference for All Devotee Scientists Planned for January 2019

    The “Consciousness in Science” Conference will be an opportunity for devotee scientists to come together, hear from others and, perhaps, present original research regarding the scientific basis of Krishna consciousness; or simply to gain inspiration and make new friends and contacts for future collaboration.

  • Untold Florida: SanctuaryAlachua Opens As Place of Empowerment for Women, Children

    SanctuaryAlachua is owned and managed by people from the Krishna community, however the house, services and classes are open to everyone in the Alachua community.

  • Florida Hare Krishna School Gives Lessons in Service

    The art projects were distinct from most others. Students at Bhaktivedanta Academy of Alachua, FL, USA, had to use pieces of trash to create artwork weighing less than 50 pounds.

  • ISKCON North American Leadership Conference, 2018

    The 2018 ISKCON North American Leadership Conference was held last week at Camp Geneva outside of Orlando Florida with 27 temple presidents from the US and Canada attending. 

  • Florida Devotees Escape Hurricane Irma With Minimal Damage

    In Alachua, North Central Florida, devotees of New Raman Reti – the largest ISKCON community in the Western World – braced themselves for a Category 1 or 2 hurricane, rarely seen so far inland.

  • New Alachua Initiative to Unlock Community’s Full Potential

    Members in New Raman Reti, Florida -- ISKCON's largest community in the Western World -- are launching an ambitious attempt to unlock its full potential.

  • Winter Arati and Joyful Cows

    On the auspicious day of Lord Nityananda's appearance the ISCOWP crew based in Alachua, Florida, offered arati to the cows. Instead of offering treats also, they let the rescued calves out of their barn for the first time. They also opened the gates for the rest of the herd to let them onto another pasture so they would be getting new grass to eat. A video by Chaya Devi of ISCOWP.

  • The Messenger 2: Planting the Seed

    This drama performed by the students of Bhaktivedanta Academy, Alachua, Florida, USA, commemorates the 50th anniversary of Srila Prabhupada formally establishing the Hare Krishna movement in the United States and celebrates how he influenced an entire generation and the unprecedented achievements that followed.

  • Bhakti Yoga and Science Conference Takes Bhaktivedanta Institute into the 21st Century

    Eight years after celebrated ISKCON scientist Richard L. Thompson’s (Sadaputa Dasa’s) passing, his former colleagues and some rising young Vaishnava scientists are relaunching the Bhaktivedanta Institute of Gainesville. Their inaugural seminar, held at the Alachua Learning Academy in North Central Florida on November 13th, was dubbed “Bhakti Yoga & Science in the 21st Century.”

  • Dedicated Dad and Pujari Celebrates 14th Consecutive Home Kartik Festival

    Dedicated father and pujari Ragunath Das Zaldivar is currently celebrating an incredible 14 consecutive years of Kartik festivals at his and his wife Yamuna Devi’s home in Alachua, Florida. “People like it because of the personal, family-like environment,” Ragu says. “It’s especially nice for the kids, who can get really involved. Not everyone has home Deities, but they want to see their kids engaged in service to the Lord." 

  • Sita's Fire!

    The Sita's Fire Book Launch - a thematic and multi-disciplinary performance, including dance, kirtan, original songs, theater, art, and readings by the author. Check out Book One, "Shadows of the Sun Dynasty."

  • Alachua Plans Intentional Community for Ages 55+

    Alachua, Florida is already home to the largest group of ISKCON members in North America, with some 500 congregational families. Now devotees are planning an intentional devotional community there for couples or singles aged 55 and over. Prabhupada disciple Kirtiraja Das is developing the project as its managing director. He has worked as a realtor for the past twenty years, and like many of the senior devotees who have relocated to Alachua, he wants to downsize and simplify.

  • New North American TOVP Office Opens

    A new office for the Temple of the Vedic Planetarium – ISKCON’s upcoming flagship center in Mayapur -- has opened in Alachua, Florida, USA. The office will locally process North American donations, maintain good relationships with donors, and make sure that their contributions are properly managed.

  • New U.S. TOVP Office and Foundation

    The American team of Temple of the Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) will be opening a new office in Alachua, Florida to manage their fundraising and promotional operations in America. The office is a house donated for this purpose by Ambarisa Das. Along with the office, a newly formed Foundation, TOVP Foundation, Inc. has been set up with Sesa Das as its chairman. Sesa is also the 2016 appointed GBC Chairman, as well as the ISKCON Minister of Education.

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  • The Messenger

    Tribute to Srila Prabhupada performed by the students of the Bhaktivedanta Academy, Alachua, Florida, on November 14th, 2015.

  • New Alachua Initiative to Help Second Gen and Facilitate Succession

    Although the words “second generation” often refer to those born into the Hare Krishna Movement, the new initiative aims to help all 25 to 45-year-olds  who attend Alachua’s New Raman Reti temple, regardless of how they came to Krishna consciousness, to find balance and inspiration in their lives. It also aims to facilitate succession.

  • Krishna Culture Youth Bus Tour Celebrates 20th Anniversary

    Back in 1995, a young Manorama Das launched a two-week bus tour with his gurukuli friends, covering 1,500 miles and visiting Rathayatras and temples along the way. This year’s 20th anniversary bus tour ran for six weeks from July 8th to August 24th, with fifty youth including a large group from the UK, and gurukulis from Australia, Canada, Ireland, and India.

  • Safe Temple Awards to Show ISKCON’s Unified Commitment to Child Protection

    As part of its ongoing efforts for child safety, ISKCON’s North American Child Protection Office will kick off 2016 with its first annual “Safe Temple” awards.

  • Alachua’s Festival of the Holy Name Delivers “Transformational Experience”

    Around 1,500 devotees from all over the U.S., Canada, and South America attended the fifth annual Festival of the Holy Name in Alachua, Florida this Thanksgiving Weekend from November 28th to 30th. The increase in popularity of the homegrown, gurukuli-organized festival each year despite a total absence of advertising shows the power of word-of-mouth from attendees who’ve had a truly lifechanging experience.

  • New Arts and Languages Community Center Opens in Alachua

    At 60, Mahattama Dasi, a former preschool teacher and caregiver for terminally ill devotees, has found a new way to give back to the community. The Mexican native has leased a two-storey house on six-acres of private land in Alachua, Florida, home to the largest ISKCON community in North America. It will serve as an “Arts and Languages Center,” as well as offering many other services to the community.

  • Governor from Kenya Receives Bhagavad-gita

    On July 7, 2014, girls from Senior Girl Scout Troop 733 from Alachua, Florida were invited to meet with Samuel Mbae Ragwa, Governor of the Tharaka-Nithi County in Kenya. The girls were invited to share details about their project focused on reducing barriers to education for girls and young women around the world.

  • ISKCON Alachua Begins Work on New Master Plan

    ISKCON of Alachua, Florida -- the largest Vaishnava community in North America with nearly 500 congregational families -- has began work on a new Master Plan for its future development. For many years, the community simply grew organically. But when its board recently discovered that they could no longer expand due to county agricultural zoning rules, they met with a civil engineer to discuss the process of changing their zoning and developing a Master Plan.

  • ISKCON to Participate in Interfaith Battle of the Bands

    ISKCON devotees are set to participate in an Interfaith Battle of the Bands to be held at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Wednesday, November 20th. The event will be held at Flavet Field, a large outdoor venue. Nine different acts, from various different Christian and Jewish faiths as well as the Vaishnava faith, will perform onstage.

  • Happy to Be in Alachua, Krishnas Looking to Grow

    The Hare Krishnas founded their community in Alachua in 1977. More than 35 years later, they say it is the largest Hare Krishna community in North America. An article from

  • Alachua Krishna Temple Gets Vandalized; 2 Men Arrested

    Two men went into the Hare Krishna Temple in Alachua (USA, Florida) while a service was going on Saturday morning and began throwing bleach around the temple, saying it was unclean, according to a report.

  • Florida’s Bhaktivedanta Academy to Launch Middle School
    Bhaktivedanta Academy, largest ISKCON school in North America, which sits on a five-acre plot at ISKCON’s New Raman Reti farm in Alachua, Florida, has been offering an innovative Montessori-based learning program for pre-k through 6th grade since 2007. But this year will mark a major milestone for the school, as it launches its first ever middle years program.
  • Teacher Training 2 Course in Alachua

    The Teachers Training Course Level 2 (TTC 2) will be offered at New Raman Reti (Alachua, FL, USA). This is a six-hour a day, six-day course that offers a certificate of completion and is the prerequisite for Bhakti Sastri teachers’ certification.

  • Bhakti Bhavan Immerses New Devotee Women in Ashram Life
    The upcoming “New Devotee Training Retreat” at the Bhakti Bhavan Ashram in Alachua, Florida, promises to give new devotee women a solid basis in Krishna consciousness by immersing them in the kind of ashram experience that’s rarely seen in ISKCON today.
  • Hearts Transformed at Alachua’s Festival of the Holy Name
    Around 1,000 local devotees as well as visitors from Atlanta, Miami, New York, and California gathered in Alachua, Florida on November 25th and 26th this year for the second annual Festival of the Holy Name—a uniquely immersive kirtan experience.
  • Devotee Brothers Use Sports to Build Community and Keep Youth Fit
    In Alachua, Florida—home to North America’s biggest ISKCON community—two second generation devotee brothers have found that sports can be a healthy part of a balanced Krishna conscious lifestyle.
  • Bhaktivedanta Academy: Inspiring Excellence in Krishna’s Children
    At the Bhaktivedanta Academy, a private elementary school located on a leafy five-acre plot in Alachua, Florida, ISKCON education is being taken to a new level.
  • New Bhakti Bhavan to Educate and Inspire Devotee Women
    A new residential and educational ashram for women, called the Bhakti Bhavan—or “House of Devotion”—was launched at the ISKCON community in Alachua, Florida this October, and is currently offering its first “Bhakti-Sastri” study course.
  • Devotees a Unique Presence at Florida Homecoming Parade
    About 300 devotees from the Alachua and Gainesville ISKCON communities, joined by UF students and other friends of Krishna, danced and chanted blissfully in the one-hour parade all the way to downtown Gainesville.
  • Alachua's Bhakti Bhavan for Women Offers Bhakti-Sastri Course

    Bhakti Bhavan for Women, Located at New Raman Reti in Alachua Florida, is now offering a Bhakti Sastri Course.

  • New Training Center for Women in Alachua, USA
    Srila Prabhupada indicates in the Bhagavad Gita, that women, in particular, are the protectors of religion in Vedic society. If women are not properly trained and protected, then the moral fiber of the children and the entire family declines. Toward this end, ISKCON is establishing a training facility and ashrama for new devotees, specifically women in Alachua, Florida.
  • Alachua, Florida Welcomes Krishna Balarama
    The weekend of May 29th to 30th saw over 3,000 devotees converge upon rural New Raman Reti in Alachua, Florida—the largest ISKCON community in North America—to bear witness to a truly rare event in today’s ISKCON: the installation of full-size deities of Sri Sri Krishna Balarama. Many leading disciples of ISKCON’s founder Srila Prabhupada, including Radhanatha Swami, Indradyumna Swami, Lokanatha Swami, Devamrita Swami, B.B. Madhava Swami, Varsana Swami, and Deena Bandhu Dasa also arrived to see the forms of God and His eternal elder brother join New Raman Reti’s already presiding deities of Radha-Shyamasundara and Gaura-Nitai.
  • Specialty Shop Fills A Need
    Gainesville, FL, USA: Jerry MacDougall already knows his client's food preferences, four months after he opened Harvest Health and Whole Foods on Main Street in Alachua. “You came to get some wings, didn't you,” MacDougall said last week to Mukunda Das, a vegetarian who frequents the store. And by “wings” MacDougall means a vegetarian product made with faux meat, because everything sold in the specialty store at 14521 Main St. caters to a vegetarian or vegan clientele, or those trying to minimize meat consumption.
  • Largest ISKCON School in US Meets With Support

    Bhaktivedanta Academy, a devotional primary school located in Alachua, Florida, hosted its third annual spring fundraising event on Friday, April 23rd.

  • America’s Largest ISKCON Community Welcomes Krishna Balarama
    Temple president Mukhya Dasi expects several thousand devotees from all over the United States and some from around the world for the event, which will begin on Saturday May 29 and lead up to the grand installation on Sunday May 30.
  • “Bale Out” ISKCON Alachua’s Cows This Winter

    Donors from India, England, and across the US have pitched in to “bale” ISKCON Alachua’s Save the Cow program out of the red this winter.

  • Vrindavana Dhama Comes to Florida this Janmastami

    Devotees visiting the New Raman Reti community in Alachua, Florida this Janmastami are in for a special treat.

    First introduced in 2007, the Village of Vrindavana is a miniature version of the real Indian holy place. It was created by second generation devotee Raghunatha Zaldivar and his friends, who set to work when they found themselves still buzzing with creative energy after last year’s youth festival, Alachua Kuli Mela.