Guru Purnima also known as Vyasa Purnima is the day to worship and honor one’s teacher or guru. In Sanskrit, ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ is to remove the darkness. A Guru is one who removes the darkness from our life and gives us knowledge. A Guru teaches us the right path to reach God.
In Vedas it is said that God cannot come to us to teach each and everything. So he created Guru for teaching us everything in life.
According to the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima generally falls on a full-moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadh (June to August). The day will be celebrated on July 5. Hindus dedicate Guru Purnima to Maharshi Veda Vyasa, who is credited for editing the sacred Hindu text, the Vedas, and writing the 18 Puranas, Mahabharata, and the Srimad Bhagavatam all of which form the very foundation of the Hindu religion.
Guru Purnima 2020 timings:
Purnima Tithi starts at 11:33 am on July 4 and ends at 10:13 am on July 5.
Guru Purnima 2020 Puja Vidhi:
The Buddhists pay respect to Gautama Buddha on this day. Apart from Hindus, the Buddhists, Jains, and Sikhs also observe Guru Purnima. The rituals that people follow differ in various religions. Generally, the devotee observes fast and recite mantras followed by bathing in the early morning.
Guru Purnima 2020 Mantras:
“Gururbrahma Gururvishnu Gururdevo Maheshwaray, Gurur Sakshat Parabrahma, Tasmai Shrigurave Namah” are the mantras that are recited. This mantra means that ‘Guru’ is Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Mahesh. All the three powers of this world are assimilated in one ‘Guru’ and that I will first bow in front of my ‘Guru’ who will lead me on the path of ‘Moksha’ and enlightenment.
Many people donate food and clothes on this auspicious day. This is done to seek the blessings of the departed souls of ‘Gurus’ to bless them with a healthy, wealthy, and prosper life.