Guru - which literally means, the dispeller of darkness - is traditionally celebrated once a year at Gurupurnima, around the full moon in June or July. In Hinduism this celebration most often revolves around the feet of the Guru as representing where this being took human form and brought blessings to the Earth.
Of all the celebrations throughout the year, this one is particularly joyful and full of gratitude and bhakti (devotion). Throughout the day on Saturday, everyone is invited to help with the extensive preparation and
decoration that it takes to transform the Dattatreya Temple into a jungle. And although Ma Jaya is not present in her body, we continue the ritual of honoring the Guru’s feet with an ancient ceremony performed with a stone carving of her feet. The weekend will end with story telling around particularly significant photos of Ma.
Gurupurnima Puja, Saturday, July 12, 6.30 pm
$25 or with dinner $35
Gurupurnima weekend options:
Friday evening thru Sunday lunch, no lodging, $108
Gurupurnima weekend with 2 nights’ lodging starts at $218