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Guru Poornima

Date: 9th July, 2017

The festival of Guru Poornima is an ancient Indian festival and celebrated by Hindus to honor Vyasa, the real mentor and author of the Vedas. Guru Poornima is celebrated in Indian month of Ashad and on full moon day. The sacred festivity is also known as ‘Vyasa’ Purnima’ as it is connected with spiritual guru Vyasa.

The Guru Purnima Story

The festival of Guru Poornima is dedicated to the great sage Veda Vyasa, who gleaned the great Vedas. The inspirations of Vyasa gave birth to the celebration of Guru Poornima. The great saint only compiled the four Vedas, but he also recorded thirty-six puranas and Mahabharata and both these are the masterworks of the Indian culture and spiritual tradition.

Along with these great gifts to humanity, Ved Vyasa was a great mentor and imparted his spiritual knowledge to his followers. One day, with great kindness, Ved Vyasa told his followers that thye could select one day to be devoted to paying reverence to their Gurus to express their thankfulness. The followers of Vyasa selected the Poornima or full moon day of the Hindu month Ashada and this day is known as the full moon of the Guru or Guru Poornima.

Guru Poornima- Discover your Guru

The holy word ‘Guru’ is made up with two words ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’. ‘Gu’ means ignorance or darkness and ‘Ru’ signifies remover. Hence, the person who removes ignorance or darkness is known as ‘Guru’. Guru is a philosopher, friend and he or she is the one who shows us the right path.

Significance of Guru Purnima

For spiritual seekers, Guru Poornima is the New Year and it is the day to pay thanks to spiritual gurus. This day is a very consecrated day and devoted to express thankfulness towards our all gurus who made drastic changes in our lives and showed us the right path. On this very propitious day, people perform puja and touch the feet of their mentors. Devotees on this consecrated day worship Vyasa in the honor of his heavenly personage and all followers perform a ‘Puja’ and pay reverence to spiritual preceptors.

What are the customs of Guru Purnima?

On this deified day, all the thoughts are focused on the sacred mentor, meditating on his teachings, tuning into his mind, and expressing thankfulness for his guidance and blessings. In halls, home shrines, monasteries, and ashrams, Hindus horde to revere the guru of their lineage on this day. Puja is organized and followers touch the feet of their mentors to express their gratitude. It is said that revering Guru’s feet is an easy way to attain spiritual perfection.

People on this day also bring offerings, such as fruits, flowers, sweets, and a piece of unstitched cloth. All these offerings are arranged in a metal tray or wooden basket. In addition to this, a monetary gift, called ‘Dakshina’ is covered in a betel leaf and presented to guru.