Krishna Balarama Installation
Since Krishna.com’s beginnings, we’ve made our home in Alachua, Florida— home to one of the largest communities of Krishna devotees outside of India, and the New Raman Reti Hare Krishna temple.
On May 29 and 30, our home temple—just a mile down the road—will be celebrating one of the largest events in its history—the installation of Deities of Krishna and Balarama. It’s not every day you can see a Deity installation. We’re thrilled about it.
The Alachua temple was named “New Raman Reti,” after the original Raman Reti (“pleasing sands”) area of Vrindavan, India—where Srila Prabhupada established ISKCON’s Krishna-Balarama temple. The deities worshiped there are Gaura-Nitai, Radha-Shyamasundara, and Krishna-Balarama, and the Alachua devotees have always imagined they would someday worship similar deities.
The first Deities to come here were Sri Sri Gaura-Nitai, who were installed in the 1970's. Then, in 1999, Sri Sri Radha-Shyamasundara made Their appearance.
Due to the enthusiasm of certain devotees, the Deities of Krishna and Balarama were ordered from the murtiwala (deity sculptor) in 2001, but for various reasons the Alachua devotees were not immediately able to place Them on the altar.
This deity installation festival is expected to attract devotees from all over the United States and even some international visitors. Krishna.com staff will be “on the ground,” filming the event, and taking part in the festivities.
To the best of our ability, we want to make it possible for you to witness this once-in-a-lifetime ceremony. Some of the events of that weekend (May 29-30) will be viewable on our Alachua Webcam page. Others will be recorded for later broadcast on Krishna.com.