About Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is an auspicious occasion to pay remembrance to our gurus and seek their blessings. The word “Guru’ is ironic in meaning as ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ signifies the elimination of darkness. So, together they make a true sense and depict guru as the one who enlightens our mind and soul, and removes all the darkness from our lives. Students and disciples offer Puja or pay respect to their Gurus.
Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and this day is commemorated as birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa who was the author of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. On this day, the devotees commemorate and worship their gurus and teachers, and also thank them for their wisdom and teachings. Guru Purnima is also to honour Gautama Buddha for his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India.
When it is celebrated
The festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July) as it is known in the Hindu calendar of India and Nepal.
This day is celebrated by the Buddhists in the honor of Lord Buddha who presented his first preaching on this very day at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. The Hindus also celebrate this day in memory of the great sage Vyasa who is thought as the original guru of Hindu religion.
The Jainism followers believe that on this day, Mahavira got his first follower, Gautam Swami, after which he became a Treenok Guha.
In Hinduism, Guru Purnima is also called Vyasa Purnima as on this day, Ved Vyasa, the great sage was born. He is known as the most influential gurus in Hindu traditions and an epitome of guru-shishya custom.
The first guru or teacher of a person is the mother, who makes him understand the true value of life and guide him on how to differentiate between the right and the wrong. So, the celebration of this day by honoring our gurus becomes essential. Only the proper teachings and blessings of our gurus-parents, teachers, and our well-wishers can make us a cultured and refined individual.
Farmers give great significance to this day because it is believe that the advent of much-needed rains will shower upon their crops and plantations.
Guru Purnima is celebrated with joy and vigor all over the country. This day is not restricted to the three religions i.e. Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, but people of other religions can join in the celebrations of this festival. The day begins with the religious activities performed by the disciples in remembrance of their gurus. People conduct Guru Pooja in their homes or at the temple in the name of their gurus.
It is celebrated by conducting diverse programs and special cultural performances by various organizations and Samarohas. As part of the celebration, devotees present gifts in form of sweets and flowers to their spiritual gurus.
A ‘Puja’ is kept by all spiritual aspirants of Vyasa in honor of his divine personage. Long-ago, wandering spiritual gurus and their followers settled down at one place and studied on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa and used to engage themselves in Vedantic debates.
There are events being hosted by many educational institutions on this day. The alumni also pay a visit to meet their teachers and offer gifts to them.
This festival also has a prominence among the students who are learning Indian classical forms of music and dance.
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