Guru Purnima 2017 which falls on July 9 is the day we worship our gurus to show our love to them because of their guidance. It is celebrated in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June-July) on the full moon day which is also known as Purnima.
Guru Purnima — the festival honour the goodness of spiritual gurus and teachers is celebrated each year and the day Guru Purnima actually celebrates on the full moon day of the month of Ashadha of the Shakha Samavat in the Hindu calendar, celebrated by Buddhists, Hindus and Jains.
The festival also known as Vyasa Purnima also and on the day of Guru Purnima, we see devotees worshipping and thanking their gurus for enlightenment. This year the festival falls on July 9, Sunday so the festival Guru Purnima will be being celebrates with much love!
History and significance
Rooted in Sanskrit, the word Guru is derived from ‘gu’ which means darkness and ‘ru’ which marks as the removing of darkenss. Hence, a guru or a teacher is believed to be the one who removes all darkness from our lives. On this day, people pay respect to their gurus with some special care.
In fact, in Nepal, Guru Purnima has rejoiced as the Teachers Day. It is believed that Lord Buddha gave his first sermon on this day so on the name of the Lord Buddha we celebrate Guru Purnima. After five weeks of achieving enlighten under the Bodhi tree, Buddha went from Bodhgaya to Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh where he also received his first sermon on the full moon day.
The followers of Buddha thus celebrate this day as Guru Purnima and also offer special Puja and prayer to him! Even Lord Shiva is known to have transmitted the learning of yoga to his disciples the ‘Saptarishis’ which is called as the seven sages on this day.
As per another legend, this day is remember and observe as the day when Ved Vyasa — the author of Mahabharata was born. Guru Purnima is therefore also known as Vyasa Purnima. He is regarded as the creator of the whole guru-shishya tradition.
How is it celebrated?
People celebrate Guru Purnima in various ways. Some worshippers begin their day by offering specific prayers and they offer this same to the spiritual gurus and teachers and wrapped up by offering Mangal Aarti. On this day, it is considered auspicious day when people fast and not consume rice, cereal-based dishes and salt as the day is perfectly marks to the Gurus.
People also observe the Satya Narayan Vrat on the full moon day also where they worship Lord Vishnu. They decorate the entrances to their houses with mango leaves, tulsi hangings, and garlands. Dry fruits, fruits, rice dishes, betel leaves and milk porridge are the main dishes offered to the gods on the Guru Purnima Day.
There is also some believes that the day should be beginning their day with meditation and self-introspection. Since it’s a full moon day, people meditate under the full moon and soak the positive energy in. In Nepal, students celebrate by gifting their teachers’ garlands, sweets and delicacies and other gifts.
Here are the puja timings (mahurat) for Guru Purnima, as per the drikpanchang.com
Purnima Tithi Begins — 07:31 on July 8
Purnima Tithi ends — 09:36 on July 9
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