Guru Purnima, also known as Vyasa Purnima, is observed and celebrated every year throughout India. This year, Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 24. Maharishi Ved Vyasa's birthday is commemorated on this day who wrote The Mahabharata, among other holy books. Pupils worship their spiritual Gurus (Teachers or Gods) on this day for imparting their knowledge for living a happy life. Guru Purnima is observed by people of many religions, including Hindus, Buddhists, and Jains, across the country since Gurus and teachers are significant to everyone.
According to the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima is observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashadha. Guru Purnima is generally observed in the Georgian calendar months of June and July.
Why Guru Purnima Is Celebrated?
Every year, we celebrate Guru Purnima to pay respect to all of the world's gurus or teachers and to express our gratitude towards them. By paying homage to his spiritual mentor Shrimad Rajchandra, Mahatma Gandhi resurrected the festival in India.
However, Legends say that Ved Vyasa, the sage who penned the famous Hindu epic Mahabharata, was born on this day to parents Satyavati and Sage Parashar. According to mythology, scholar Ved Vyasa divided the Vedas into four different texts: the Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda, and Atharva Veda, which is why Guru Purnima is observed on this day.
According to folklore, Lord Shiva began the teaching of yoga to the Saptarishis, and Guru Purnima is commemorated as a symbol of reverence to him.
What Is Guru Purnima's Significance?
The Sanskrit terms 'Gu' and 'Ru', which denote 'ignorance or darkness' and 'elimination or removal', respectively, are used to form the name Guru. As a result, Guru simply refers to someone who dispels darkness and disseminates the "light of knowledge."
However, the definition of guru has evolved over time. Guru Purnima is observed by worshipping and expressing appreciation to Gods who resemble our Gurus, such as parents, teachers, or anybody who teaches others. And people of all religions come together to honour and celebrate the festival in a variety of ways.