Guru Purnima is a festival celebrated by Hindus, Buddhists and Jain community. It is celebrated on a full moon day in the month of Ashadh (June-July), according to Hindu calendar. The day is dedicated to all the teachers, also known as Guru. The term ‘Guru’ is the compound of two words, ‘Gu’ meaning ‘ignorance or darkness’ and ‘ru’ meaning ‘remover or dispeller’ therefore a Guru is a remover of ignorance by bestowing the light of knowledge. He inspires and guides and also shows the path to spirituality. It is believed that through a Guru, a student can attain God’s blessings.
Reasons to celebrate Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is celebrated for three various reasons. According to Hinduism this day marks the birthday of Vyasa. He was an ancient sage who compiled four Vedas Four ancient texts constituting the oldest layer of Sanskrit literature and the oldest scriptures of Hinduismand also wrote Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavata. He is considered to be one of the greatest gurus in ancient India and because he provided such great knowledge to humanity, he is known as the original Guru of Hindu Dharma. This day is also celebrated as Vyasa Purnima. Also on this day, the first transmission of yogic sciences from ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... to Saptarishis also took place. Shiva, also known as the originator of Yoga or Adiyogi, passed on his knowledge to seven sages who became completely enlightened. The limits of human knowledge were extended and the possibility of a limitless mind was explored. Thus Shiva became the Adi Guru, the first teacher.
According to Buddhists, this day is celebrated in the honor of the founder of Buddhism, Lord BuddhaBuddha
Gautam Buddha was a sage who was born between 563 or 480 BCE in Lumbini.... It is believed that he gave his first sermon on this day at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh (India). Farmers take a sigh of relief as this day also marks the beginning of rainfall season. A holy period of four months, called Chaturmas, starting from July to October, begins from this day.
Ways to Celebrate Guru Purnima
Teachers are worshipped on this day. Students pay respect to them for enlightening them and bestowing on them the disciplines of life. They wake up early in the morning and chant hymns to the teachers. Touching feet of Gurus and seeking their blessings in also a part of rituals. In some places, the feet of the Guru are washed and then the same water is consumed as Charanamrit. Thought in its literal meaning Charnamrit is the nectar from the feet from Gods, but on this day the Gurus are considered equivalent to the Gods. Faithful disciples fast the whole day and indulge themselves in meditation.
In many schools, a function or event is organized in which various cultural performances are made by the students. Students make offerings of flowers, sweets and small gifts to teachers. It is considered the ideal time to commence spiritual lessons from the teachers.