Guru Purnima is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to the Gurus in this world. Guru word is used for the teacher who teaches anything be it spirituality or academics. The word Guru is derived from two words, gu and ru. The Sanskrit root 'gu' means darkness or ignorance, and 'ru' denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance.
The Guru Purnima festival is traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists, to pay their respects to their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July) of the Shaka Samvat, as it is known in the Hindu calendar of India and Nepal. This day marks the first peak of the lunar cycle after the peak of the solar cycle.
Guru Purnima is the day dedicated to expressing gratitude and love for our teachers and this year, it would be celebrated on July 16.
This occasion is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Ashadha to commemorates the birth anniversary of Ved Vyasa, the author of Mahabharata.
The word ‘Guru’ comes from two Sanskrit words. ‘Gu’ means ‘darkness or ignorance’ and the word ‘Ru’ means ‘removal’. Hence, Guru is believed to be the removal of darkness from our lives. It is also believed that Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh on this day.
The festival, Guru Purnima, traditionally celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, aims to honour teachers who have dedicated their lives to enlightening people with little or no monetary expectations.
The festival is celebrated by Buddhists in honour of Lord Buddha who gave his first sermon on this day at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh.
Moreover, in yogic tradition, this day is commemorated as the occasion when Lord Shiva became the first Guru, as he started the transmission of yoga to the Saptarishis.
Most Hindus celebrate this day in the honour of the great sage Vyasa, who is known to be one of the greatest gurus in ancient Hindu traditions.
The festival of Guru Purnima is celebrated in countries including India and Nepal among others. On this day, devotees worship their spiritual gurus and offer them gifts.
They visit temples and seek their blessings. Most people observe fast on this day to pay respect to their Guru and sustain on mostly fresh fruits and curd. People hold pujas, offer gratitude and pray for the goodness of one and all. In ashrams and monasteries, prayers are recited by the students in honour of their gurus