This year, Guru Purnima falls on July 16 and it is an important spiritual tradition dedicated to teachers who have taught us in various stage of life.
The day is marked as a festive occasion in Nepal, India, and Bhutan by the Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists. It is day honoring academic, spiritual teachers, leaders and expressing gratitude for their efforts. The day is observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashadha.
The day aims to celebrate the teachers how have helped us evolved in giving a direction by sharing their wisdom. The celebration witnessed ritualistic puja in honor of the Guru.
The word Guru is derived from Sanskrit roots in which Gu meaning darkness and Ru which means remover of the darkness. So Guru represents someone who removes the darkness of our ignorance.
On this day the disciples perform pooja and pay their respects to the Guru and they thank their academic teacher and remembering their past teachers and scholars.
History and Significance of Guru Purnima
According to the Hindu legend, this was the day Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata was born to sage Parashara and fisherman’s daughter Satyavati.
The day is also celebrated as Vyasa Purnima. Another yogic school of Hinduism states that Guru Purnima was the day that saw Shiva become the Adi Guru or the first Guru.
Shiva the Adiyogi expounded several mechanics of life and his seven disciples known as the Saptarishis took knowledge across the world.
As per the belief of the Buddhists, Lord Buddha gave its first sermon on Guru Purnima known as Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. Also, he went to Sarnath after 5 weeks of achieving enlightenment under the Bodhi tree. Buddhists mark the day by practicing meditation under the guidance of their spiritual leaders.
The day is celebrated with much fervor and enthusiasm in schools and colleges. Students pay respect to their teachers by offering flowers and sometimes gifts. Also, speeches are held where students express their gratitude for their Gurus.