“Guru Purnima marks one of the greatest moments in the life of humanity. This is a day that is reminiscent of Adiyogi (Lord Shiva) opening up and offering the possibility that a human being can evolve beyond all limitations set by his physical nature, if willing to strive. This first full moon day after the solstice is a time when this planet and all life upon it are most receptive to the cosmic energy and possibilities. The next six months till the winter solstice is the best time to strive for evolving and experiencing the divine possibility that is innate in a human being.”
Guru Poornima is celebrated on the full moon day in the month of Ashadha (generally falls in the month of July/August). This day marks the very first transmission of the yogic sciences from the Adiyogi (Lord Shiva) – the very first yogi – to the Saptrishis (the seven celebrated sages). This momentous occasion took place on the banks of the lake Kantisarovar located a few kilometers above the revered Kedarnath Mandir. The Saptarishis disseminated this knowledge imparted by the Adiyogi to people throughout the world. Every spiritual process on the planet draws from the spine of the knowing created by Adiyogi.
A Bhandara is organised on this day of Guru Poornima at the Ashram every year. Devotees come in large numbers to the Ashram on this day to pay obeisance to Maharaj ji. The activities during this Bhandara include Akhand Ramcharitra Manas Paath followed by yagya and offering of prasad to the devotees. As a custom the sadhus and school children are offered the prasad first followed by rest of the devotees.