The full moon day (purnima) of the Hindu lunar month of Ashadh is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima. Also known as Vyas Purnima, the day is observed by Hindus in remembrance of sage Veda Vyas who classified the Vedas and composed the eighteen Purans. The day is an occasion for Hindus around the world to offer their gratitude to the guru for his indispensable spiritual role in their lives.
A special assembly was held on the evening of Saturday 23 July 2016 at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, London to celebrate Guru Purnima.
Yogiprem Swami, visiting from India, led the celebrations with a captivating musical programme that infused the prayer hall with devotional vibrancy. His eloquent singing interspersed with insightful explanations brought to life some of the key characteristics and virtues of Pramukh Swami Maharaj as an ideal guru.
The congregation, from young children through to senior devotees, joyously chorused the devotional singing creating a spiritually uplifting atmosphere.
Sadhus placed a flower garland on the murti of Swamishri, offering devotion and respects on behalf of the devotees. The festivities concluded with prayers for Swamishri’s well-being.