9th July 2017 is the Guru Purnima tithi. Guru Purnima is celebrated on a full moon day in the Ashadha month, according to the Hindu Lunar Calendar. On this day, spiritual masters, teachers or gurus are worshiped by the followers. Yogic Sadhana and meditation is also carried on the day of Guru Purnima and are considered to be very beneficial.
Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and celebrated as the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa. Veda Vyasa was the generator and a renowned character in the Mahabharata. Sri Madhvacharya, Adi Shankara, and Sri Ramanuja Acharya are some of the notable Gurus in Hindu religious belief. To honor Gautam Buddha, Buddhists also celebrate the festival of Guru Purnima. It is known that Buddha made his first speech on the day of Guru Purnima.
The Guru is a person who drives out all the fear and ignorance. As said by Ramakrishna Paramhansa, ‘He alone is the genuine teacher who is illumined by the light of true knowledge’. It is pronounced that our Guru helps us in connecting with the true Guru residing in ourselves. It is believed that our Guru resides in our Vishudha Chakra situated at the throat and awakens when we deliver ourselves to our higher self.
Importance of Guru Purnima
The main significance to celebrate the festival of Guru Purnima is to abide by the respective Gurus or pay tribute to them. Guru Purnima importance is paid to the Gurus and teachers who made our life valuable and worth living. Guru Purnima is an Indian festival which is celebrated according to the Moon Sign Calendar to express appreciation towards the Guru. It is recognized that the word Guru is made up of two words - ‘Gur’ meaning darkness and ‘Ru’ that is opposite of darkness. So, the word Guru signifies someone who gets us away from the darkness of ignorance to lighten up the knowledge.
About Guru Purnima Festival
It is known that the festival of Guru Purnima was first celebrated by the Buddhists to honor their Guru, Gautam Buddha. Similarly, Hindus started paying homage to Vyas Muni on the Guru Purnima day. Therefore, Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima or Gyaan Purnima.
In the current times, Teacher-Student relationship is one of the leading highlights in the Indian Culture. On the day of Guru Purnima, the devotees take a bath and put on new clothes to offer their gratitude to their respective Gurus. Guru Purnima is celebrated by all the Hindu disciples equally based on the following shloka.
Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara
Guru Saakshaat Parabrahma, Tasmai Sri Gurave Namah..
It is believed that if the Guru is not alive, his picture or portrait is worshiped with all the rights and rituals performed accurately. This day is directed towards Srila Vyasadeva, therefore in some sampradayas, it is brought up as Guru Purnima. This day is traditionally the day to worship Gurus. mPanchang provides you with all the details related to Guru Purnima and all the other major Hindu festivals.