May 2023

ISKCON of Arizona Newsletter

Our koi pond makes a nice backdrop for photos, as these dancers from our recent Rama Fest discovered. Smile!

Greetings & Namaste,

Spring's warmer temps are bringing more folks out to our patio to dine. A good day to treat your friends and family will be Sunday, May 14th, Mother's Day. To see the day's vegan menu, please scroll down.

Last month Govinda's acquired a new reverse-osmosis (RO) water-filtration system, providing a lot more high-quality drinking and cooking water for the restaurant and temple ashram.

Compared with the previous system, our new equipment supplies water that is doubly pure, five times less wasteful and six times cheaper, all at fifteen times the speed and volume. For more information about this great upgrade, please scroll down.

Yours in service,

Sandamini Devi

[email protected]

Best May Days for

Meditation and Fasting

Mohini Ekadasi

Monday, May 1st

Fasting from grains & beans

Advent of Lord Nrsimhadeva Thursday, May 4th

Fasting till dusk

Purnima - Full Moon

Friday, May 5th

Apara Ekadasi

Monday, May 15th

Fasting from grains & beans

Pandava Nirjala Ekadasi

Tuesday, May 30th

Fasting from grains & beans

(or, for maximum meditation,

from all food & drink)

Dancers from Urvashi Dance Troupe with decorated hands

Recent Activities

Pima College Engineering Students Design Green Space for New Temple

Students from the Landscape Engineering Department at Pima College are competing to design the front area of the upcoming temple compound.

We have reserved 650 sq. ft for a green with benches, trees, plants, and a fountain for patio dining. This is the students' end-of-year project, so we can't wait to see whose design places first!

Krishna's Home Care Tucson Launches

On Friday evening, April 21st, Krishna's Home Care Tucson held a pre-opening event at its newly built facility only a block from our temple.

About fifty devotees and guests celebrated with music, dance, storytelling, video appreciations, and prasadam snacks.

Though the project has been years in the making, to see it finally manifest made the occasion historic: the first licensed devotee care facility has arrived!

By the end of the evening, those attending had pledged thousands of dollars to give Krishna's Home its finishing touches.

"Mantra Oasis" Outreach Center Opens on Tucson's East Side

Atula Govinda Prabhu had been keeping his realtor's eye peeled for a suitable house to expand Krishna's reach to Tucson's East Side. When one came available over the winter, he seized the opportunity.

On March 18th temple and congregational devotees celebrated the launch of "Mantra Oasis," another island of Krishna consciousness amid Arizona's desert of material life.

As our ISKCON temple hold its weekly Sunday evening festival, so the Oasis is holding a weekly program on Saturday evening, especially focusing on students and seekers. A promising spiritual one-two, indeed!

Mantra Oasis Tucson:

6634 E Calle Dened

(520) 273-2273

Architecture Design Ready for Pre-approval Permit

The design is "Rajasthan meets the Southwest," by

the renowned architect

John Maddocks.

ISKCON Tucson's ten-thousand-square-foot temple, prasadam restaurant, boutique, dining patio, and gardens will manifest by the contributions of all devotees. To donate to this wonderful project, please see below.

Click to make a Donation

Lord Nrsimha's Advent Day Coming Soon!

Join us on Sunday,

May 14th, for a Vegan Mother's Day Brunch &

Live Music on the Patio

See Menu HERE

Appearance Anniversary of Krishna's Protective Avatar,

Lord Nrsimhadeva

Thursday May 4th

6pm - Bhajans in the temple

6:30pm - Musical slideshow of Lord Nrsimhadeva's pastimes

7pm - Deity bathing ceremony,

arati & kirtan

7:45pm - Feast served under the stars

Sponsor the festival for $51 HERE, get a Mayapur Nrsimha garland!

Sponsor the Sunday Feast

Feeding guests prasadam

(food offered to God) benefits everyone!

     Sunday Feast Sponsorship

Sponsoring our Sunday feasts is a wonderful way to receive the blessings of

Sri Sri Gaura Nitai. Your sponsorship may honor a loved one, mark a birthday, an anniversary, or another special occasion.

To make an offering, use the link below to identify who or what you're honoring

plus the date of your sponsorship.

Your donation is tax deductible.

Click Here To Sponsor

the Sunday Feast

The Sunday Feast & Festival

Join us each Sunday for an evening of musical meditation, topical philosophy, an ancient worship ceremony, and an

8-course vegetarian feast.


5:30 pm - Bhajans

6 pm - Topical talk

6:30 pm - Worship ceremony

7 pm - Announcements

7:10 pm - Feast

May Sunday Talk Lineup

May 7th - Govinda Datta Prabhu

May 14th - Dhira Datta Prabhu

May 21st - Suresvara Prabhu

May 28th - Yudisthir Govinda Pr.

(ISKCON India Communications)

New Service Offered

Let us make your Wedding Garland!

Made by our pujari at the temple for your special ceremony. Any kind of flower, color combination, or technique.

Prices vary by length and style. Flower cost plus $30 and up.

Contact Sandamini @ 520-250-0299 or [email protected]

Assisted Living Update

Krishna's Home

News Update

Please take a look at our latest one-page newsletter to see the home's progress. With the inside nearly done, we are focusing on furnishings and the outside.

Click HERE to read.

We had a grand pre-opening to show the facility to friends and interested visitors. The licensing process is next while we landscape and furnish the home.

To get Krishna's Home up and running, we gratefully accept your kind donations.

Krishna's Home Care Tucson

514 E. Blacklidge Dr. (just one block west of the temple across 1st Ave)

Feeding the Unsheltered on Tucson's Southside

Join us on the 3rd Monday

of every month!

For the past 10 years we've been serving Tucson's houseless folks a

six-course hot meal along with a kirtan.

Giving a plate of prasadam is not only healthy and nourishing but it helps elevate the consciousness

bringing spiritual awareness.

Sponsor a meal here.

$125 serves 100 plates.

Come help us serve every

3rd Monday of the month at 7am!

Govinda's Vegan/Veggie Restaurant


Govinda's Self-Serve

All-You-Care-To-Eat Hours:

Lunch - Wednesday through Saturday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm

Dinner - Tuesday through Saturday

5 pm to 8 pm

Sunday Brunch - 11 am to 2:30 pm

Closed Mondays

Join us for Mother's Day Vegan Sunday Brunch

May 14th!

May Menu Click Here

Check out our web site at

Govinda's guest quote of the month: "I never thought that a simple meal could turn into a spiritual journey! Namaste!"

Thanks to our steady crew who work so hard to maintain our spiritual oasis, day after day, season after season, and many thanks to all our donors. Thank you Murli, Mohini, Balarama, Malina, Roopa, Bhavana, the temple teens, & Ethan. You make it happen!

Income/expense Tracker: Please click to view our temple financial statement

for the month of March 2023.

Check out this clip by Vaisesika Das,

"Adjust Expectations for a Happier Life.”

Authentic Indian

Cuisine Catering!

All varieties and quantities of Indian foods for parties, dinners, weddings, and banquets. All main Indian dishes cooked by Master

Chef Kul Sharma. Call him at 520-891-8083     

"My dear friends, just see how Sri Krsna is enjoying the season of spring! With the gopis embracing each of His limbs, He is like amorous love personified. With His transcendental pastimes He enlivens all the gopis and the entire creation. With His soft, bluish-black arms and legs, which resemble blue lotus flowers, He has created a festival for Cupid!"

(Sri Caitanya-caritamrta, Adi-lila 4.224)

From Srila Prabhupada's Bhagavad Gita As It Is...

"Know that all opulent, beautiful, and glorious creations spring from but a spark of My splendor."

(Bhagavad-Gita As It Is, Chapter 10, verse 41)

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Homas, Pujas & Blessings

Perform a sacred ceremony...

Have your home, car, business, or family blessed and protected 

with the help and guidance of our experienced temple priest, Kirtan Yajna Prabhu. You may call him at (520) 288-1775, or email [email protected].

ISKCON of Tucson

711 E Blacklidge Drive

Tucson, AZ 85719

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