ISKCON’s Krishna House in Gainesville, Florida—just across the street from the University of Florida (UF), one of the biggest universities in the United States—kicked off the third successful year of its “Bhakti Academy” this month.
The Krishna House in Gainesville, located just across the street from the University of Florida (UF), has seen sixty new devotees join over the past three years—an astonishing achievement at a time when few new Westerners are joining ISKCON.
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 Gainesville.com
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.
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.
Krishna Lunch has been served at the University of Florida for 40 years. There is now students graduatinfg from this school who would not have eaten there at least once. ISKCON now partners with the University to upgrade the campus Plaza where the food distribution has been taking place for decades.
Serving up to 1,200 students a day, five days a week, the Krishna Lunch prasadam distribution program has flourished under Srila Prabhupada's vision. Krishna Lunch is served on the University of Florida's main crossroads, the Plaza of the Americas, which is the very place Srila Prabhupada lectured to over 500 students and faculty on his visit to Gainesville in 1971.
The 10th Annual Festival of the Chariots & Ratha Yatra Parade, an Indian multi-cultural extravaganza, will take place on the beach & at the Seawalk Pavillion, Seawalk Plaza Beach Blvd. & Ocean Front South in Jacksonville Beach from 3:30 to 9 PM.
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.
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.
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.
For many, the season of Rathayatra, or the Festival of Chariots, won’t start until the summer. But Florida, which has become “The Rathayatra State” with a record-holding one dozen festivals in-state and more organized by Florida devotees out-of-state, is already kicking off its celebrations.
A Sarasota, Florida family have opened up their home to provide a Krishna conscious oasis for devotees and newcomers in their city, which is three hours’ drive from the nearest ISKCON temples in Alachua and Miami. “People can make the drive on festival days,” says mother of four Rachel Ward. “But we wanted to give them the temple experience on a weekly basis.”
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.
Tribute to Srila Prabhupada performed by the students of the Bhaktivedanta Academy, Alachua, Florida, on November 14th, 2015.
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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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.
Muslim organizations and activists across the US have spoken out against the shooting, explicitly calling it a hate crime.
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." www.SitasFire.com
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."
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.
Ratha Yatras are always amazing and wonderful events, but I was trying to pinpoint why this venue felt more auspicious than usual to me. I did not realize the answer until the next day when Shranti devi informed me that Their Lordships Radha Damodar had presided at the exact same venue, Pier 60, when Vishnujana Swami and the traveling party brought Then there over forty years ago!
This is the story of eight calves rescued by ISCOWP members. View them back in 2014 when they were first rescued and now in 2017 after living 3 years in a protected environment at ISCOWP Cow Sanctuary in Florida. A video by ISCOWP.
“The Stolen River,” which deals with an issue that has been of deep concern to devotees as well as environmentalists for years now, about the pollution of the Yamuna river, received its world premiere in India in October 2015. Since then, it has won Best Green Film at the LIFFT India Filmotsav, and was in the official selection at many other film festivals.
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.
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.
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.
A recent remodel of the Plaza of the Americas, the leafy main crossroads of the University of Florida (UF) campus, includes a sign reading “Krishna Lunch Lane” to commemorate the prasadam distribution program that has served students there for the past forty-five years.
Over the past few years, the ISKCON Ministry for Cow Protection and Agriculture (IMCPA) has been bringing ISKCON farms together for biannual continental conferences. Now, the Ministry is beginning strategic planning meetings every other year, to foster team building.
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.
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.
This conference was an intense, heart-changing event for all the attendees and the virtual participants.
Prabhupada disciple and Gainesville Krishna House leader Kalakantha Das may not be your typical rapper. He is, after all, in his words “a sixty-four-year-old white guy.” But his new book “Bhagavad-gita: The Rap of God” is already getting rave reviews from contemporary audiences.
Murali Gopal Das, a physicist based in Gainesville, Florida, during his recent summer tour in Europe has enthoused devotee scientists to work together and use their special talents for Krishna.
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.
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.
The new grant will provide high quality anatomical models of different bodily systems for the students to study, which are normally too expensive for the school to buy.
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.
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.
The primary goal for this global gathering is to encourage dialogue between devotee scientists interested in the role of consciousness and its interaction with physical matter as a fundamental aspect of science.