ISKCON Alachua Hare Krishna Temple
New Raman Reti is a spiritual community based on the principles of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), located in Alachua, north Florida, USA. Situated on a rural 127-acre property surrounding a tranquil, marble-floored temple, New Raman Reti is a devotional refuge from the material world.The temple deities are the most merciful Sri Sri Radha Shyamasundara, Sri Sri Krishna Balarama, and Sri Sri Gaura Nitai.
We hold seven major and at least a dozen minor festivals a year, including the newly established Twenty-four Hour Kirtan Festival right after Thanksgiving. The devotion in one’s heart easily awakens in New Raman Reti, where cows roam in green meadows bordered by venerable oaks. Come take part and experience the spiritual ecstasy for yourself. The town of Alachua is located about 15 miles north of Gainesville, the home of the University of Florida.
Disciples of His Divine Grace A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, the founder/acharya of ISKCON, founded New Raman Reti in 1977. It was named after Raman Reti in Vrindavan, India – a place of white sands where Lord Krishna and His brother Balarama performed Their childhood pastimes.
The temple serves almost five hundred families, making it the largest community of its kind in North America. New Raman Reti is also the headquarters of many ISKCON projects, including Back to Godhead magazine, Krishna.com (Bhaktivedanta Book Trust’s official website), Project Future Hope, and ISKCON Youth Ministries.
Many community resources are also available, such as Ashraya (social services for devotees), CARE (for hospice needs), Save the Cow, the Bhaktivedanata Academy Gurukula, Grihasta Training, Bhakti Bhavan (training center for women), Bhakti Shastri classes, and others.