*AT FIRST GLANCE:
• Official name : Poornima Guru (Guru Worship on a Summer Full Moon day)
• Remarked by : In India, Jain, Hindu Devotees & Buddhist Disciples
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• Importance :To show respect for spiritual teachers
• Festivities : Guru Worship and Visiting the Temple
• Observances: Pooja Guru
• The Date : (June–July) Ashadha Purnima (Shukla paksha, Bright Celestial Fortnight Full Moon)
• Date for 2019:Tuesday, July 16, Tuesday
• Date for 2020: July 5 ( Sun)
• Date for 2021: July 24 (Sat)
• The Frequency : Yearly
* Everything you have to hear about Guru Purnima!
• In the Hindu community, a guru or teacher has often been considered equivalent to a Deity. The day to rejoice and pay our gratitude to our gurus is Guru Purnima or Vyasa Purnima.
• Literally, this Sanskrit word refers to the one who frees us from ignorance. One of the most auspicious days of the year in Hinduism is this full moon day in the month of Ashada.
• On July 5, 2020, India will celebrate Guru Purnima. The birthday of Ved Vyasa, who is credited with writing some of the most important Hindu texts of all time, such as the Puranas, Mahabharata and Vedas, is also commemorated.
*Guru Purnima’s History
• Ved Vyasa, considered as one of the most honoured Gurus of ancient India, is honoured by Guru Purnima. Veda Vyasa, organised the four Vedas, wrote the epic of the Mahabharata, provided the basis for the many Puranas and the vast encyclopaedias of Hindu sacred lore, says senior Ayurvedic consultant Dr Vishakha Mahindroo.
• Guru Purnima reflects the date on which the seven Rishis who were the seers of the Vedas taught Lord Shiva as the Adi Guru or original guru. In the Yoga Sutras, the Adi Guru of Yoga is said to be Ishvara, like Pranava or Om. On this day at Sarnath, Lord Buddha was said to have delivered his first sermon, indicating the influence of this sacred time.
*Guru Purnima’s Significance :-
• To honour our teachers, who erase the darkness from our minds, Guru Purnima is celebrated. Since ancient times, they have had a special place in the lives of their followers.
• The importance of the Gurus and the extraordinary connection between a Guru and his Shishya are determined by all the sacred books of Hinduism (disciple). An ancient Sanskrit word, ‘Mata Pitah Guru Daivam,’ states that the first position is reserved for the mother, the second for the father, the third for the Guru, and the third for God.
• Thus, teachers have been given a higher place than Gods in Hindu tradition.
*How to celebrate Guru Purnima?
• Guru Purnima is usually celebrated by worshipping and expressing gratitude to the Gods who are like our Gurus. In monasteries and ashrams, disciples offer prayers in the honour of their teachers.
• Dr. Vishakha advises what to do with Guru Purnima, “On this day, one should devote oneself to following and putting into practise the principle and teachings of the guru.” Guru Purnima is connected to it with the significance of Vishnu puja. Also known as the thousand names of Lord Vishnu, ‘Vishnu Sahatranam’ is to be recited on this day. On this auspicious day, be in tune with yourself and channel your energies.’
*Fasting & feasting and the culture of food
• Many people fast during the day, refraining from eating salt, rice, foods such as non-vegetarian dishes and other cereal meals. Fasting & feasting and food culture Only eating yoghurt is permitted to eat fruit.
• They break quickly in the evening after performing puja. Prasad and Charnamrita are distributed by the temples, containing fresh fruits and sweetened curd.
• Many households also follow Guru Purnima’s strict vegetarian diet, consuming delicacies such as Khichdi, Poori, Choley, Halwa, and sweets such as Soan Papdi, barfi, ladoo, gulab jamun etc.
*Indian Academics Tradition:
• Regardless of their views, Indian scholars honour this day by thanking their teachers. There are activities in many schools, colleges and universities where students thank their teachers and remember past scholars. Alumni, as a token of gratitude, meet their teachers and present gifts
• Students plan various art-competitions accordingly. Blessings (i.e. student salutes his/her guru) by reciting a poem or quote are the main practise among guru-shishya, and the guru gives blessings for an individual’s success and happiness. In short, a common way of Indians celebrating Teacher’s Day is guru purnima. Celebrating Guru Purnima with parents is the true inspiration of the day, according to Fest Maniac.
• They recite Guru Shloka while remembering their teachers.
“|| Gurur Brahma, Gurur Vishnu, Guru Devo Maheshwara Guru Saakshaat Parabrahma, Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah ||”
*GURU PURNIMA 2020:
• Here are the auspicious timings:
• Purnima Tithi starts at 11:33 am July 4
• Purnima Tithi end at 10:13 am on July 5
*Guru Purnima For New Delhi, India 2021
• Purnima Tithi Begins at 10:45:30 on July 23, 2021
• Purnima Tithi Ends at 08:08:37 on July 24, 2021
*Guruu Purnima For New Delhi, India 2022
• Purnima Tithi Begins at 04:01:55 on July 13, 2022
• Purnima Tithi Ends at 00:08:29 on July 14, 2022
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