This year, India will be celebrating Guru Purnima on 12th July. It is a religious event for the Hindus and is celebrated through different Hindu rituals. This write-up can be described as a precursor of the upcoming celebration. Here, we have discussed why Guru Purnima holds so much importance for the Hindus and what Guru Purnima is all about.
For the Hindus their spiritual gurus are often as important as their parents. There are many religious texts that have even equated Gurus with God. Since the ancient times people belonging to Indian civilizations have regarded Gurus as the factor forming the link between the Immortal and humans. The Hindu belief is that humans can dazzle by gaining light from Gurus in the same way as moon reflects the light of sun and dazzles. Guru Purnima is a day in the Hindu calendar that gives the flowers to pay respect to their respective Gurus and celebrate the “guru-shishya” relationship. The section below is for individuals who are not aware of the history behind the birth of Guru Purnima.
Hindus celebrate Guru Purnima on the full moon day of the Hindu month “Ashad” (if you go by the Gregorian calendar the day will fall sometime in July or August). The day is celebrated in memory of Vyasa, one of the greatest sages of the Hindus. Hindus around the globe are grateful to Vyasa for writing 18 Puranas, Srimad Bhagavata Geeta, Mahabharata and editing all four Vedas. The ancient saint has also been the teacher of Guru of all Gurus Dattatreya.
Every year, on the day of Guru Purnima, devotees and spiritual aspirants worship Vyasa to honour his divine persona. The day also sees disciples worshipping their respective ‘Gurudevs’ or spiritual preceptors.
The significance of this day is extremely high for Farmers; this is because worshipping on this day is believed to invite “rain”, which is very important for good growth of crops. In addition, this day is regarded as the perfect time for beginning spiritual lessons. Spiritual seekers also often intensify spiritual “sadhana” right from the day of Guru Purnima.
Another reasons for which this day is extremely important is that the 4-month period called “Chaturmas” also begin from the day of Guru Purnima. During the ancient times, nomadic spiritual masters used to temporarily settle down in a particular place during these four months along with their disciples. They sued to spend these months studying different compositions of Vyasa and discussing various aspects of Vedas.
The reason why Guru Purnima is such an important day for the Hindus is because Gurus play an extremely important role in the life of every follower of Hinduism. Today, this day gives people, who otherwise don’t get the time to meet other disciples of their Guru, the opportunity to meet them and discuss the great deeds of their Guru. The celebration take place all across India, and rituals involved might vary from one location to the other. Hindus living in foreign countries also celebrate the day pretty vividly.