GURU PURNIMA - Importance And Celebrations
Guru Purnima is popular Hindu festival celebrated on a full moon day. As per the Hindu Lunar Calendar, it falls in the Ashadha month. People choose to worship their teachers, gurus and mentors for guiding them through their childhood and formative years, and for carrying them to the light of knowledge. You can go for Yogic Sadhana and meditation on the day of Guru Purnima.
Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima and is observed as the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa. Veda Vyasa, a sage, authored the Hindu epic, Mahabharata. In Hindu religion and Indian culture, Sri Madhvacharya, Adi Shankara, and Sri Ramanuja Acharya are revered as Gurus. Disciples of Gautam Buddha also honour him on this day. It is believed that Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon on the day of Guru Purnima.
When is Guru Purnima observed?
As per Hindu Calendar, Guru Purnima will be observed all across India on Ashadha Purnima (full moon day in Ashadha Month). To find out Guru Purnima Puja Auspicious Time and Date please visit the Choghadiya link.
Significance of Guru Purnima Festival
The word Guru is made up of two words - ‘Gur’ meaning darkness and ‘Ru’ that is opposite of darkness. So, the word Guru refers to someone who extricates us from the darkness of ignorance and enlightens us with knowledge and awareness. The importance of this festival lies in the very meaning of this word.
In Indian culture, Guru is a person or a mentor who drives out all fear and ignorance from a person. In the words of Ramakrishna Paramhansa, “He alone is the genuine teacher who is illumined by the light of true knowledge”. It is believed that our Guru resides in our Vishuddha Chakra in the throat and awakens when we deliver ourselves to our higher self.
The purpose of celebrating the festival of Guru Purnima is to abide by the teachings of our Gurus and to pay tribute to them. This day is dedicated to those Gurus and teachers who made our life valuable and worth living for.
Guru Purnima Festival - Rituals and Celebrations
It is believed that the festival of Guru Purnima was first celebrated by the Buddhists to honour their Guru, Gautam Buddha. Hindus followed it up by paying homage to Vyas Muni (sage) on the day of Guru Purnima. Therefore, Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima. This festival is also celebrated as Gyaan Purnima owing to its association with knowledge and teachings.
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On Guru Purnima, devotees take a bath and put on new clothes before they offer their prayers and tribute to their Gurus. Guru Purnima is celebrated by all disciples across India. They recite this Shloka while remembering their teachers.
Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara
Guru Saakshaat Parabrahma, Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah..
If one’s Guru is not alive, his picture or portrait is worshiped as per the rituals. Recital of Mantras is also done as per norms in the Guru’s remembrance.
mPanchang wishes you a Happy Guru Purnima!