Guru Purnima: History, Significance & Why we celebrate?

On the day of Guru Purnima, Gurus are worshiped, and their blessings are taken. All the people celebrate this festival with great faith and respect to all the gurus all over India.

According to the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon that falls in the Ashada (June – July). The festival of Guru Purnima comes at the beginning of the rainy season.

The festival of Guru Purnima is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Maharishi; hence it is also called “Vyas Purnima.”

Maharishi Veda Vyasa wrote the four Vedas, the 18 Puranas, and the Mahabharata. And the name of Maharishi Ved Vyas was named Veda Vyas because he divided the Vedas separately along with the four Vedas.

Guru Purnima History

The festival of Guru Purnima comes at a very favorable time, and according to Ritu, at this time, there is neither very cold nor hot summer, which makes our environment and nature very happy and friendly. Likewise, joyful and friendly, we get from being near the Guru and with his blessings. From Guru, we get to learn wisdom, strength, right path advice, and much more, which helps us to move forward in life.

The festival of Guru Purnima is also celebrated because the first Guru was born on the day of Guru Purnima and that Guru was Lord Shiva. Lord Shiva is a powerful idol of yoga.  And he is the one who introduced the yoga culture to this world.

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Meaning of Guru Purnima

Guru means something in such a way that if we see the meaning of ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’ separately, then it means very easily understood.

‘Gu’ Means – Darkness or Ignorance

‘Ru’ Means – Prevention

That is, one who removes darkness and leads to light is called Guru.

In our life, only the Guru gives us the right path and the courage to move forward in life and the right knowledge of everything, etc. And that’s why Guru is called “Guru.”

Significance of Guru Purnima

The full importance of Guru Purnima is given to the Gurus. To pay this day to the Gurus, thank them, and receive their blessings with full faith. It is considered very auspicious and effective to do all this on Guru Purnima festival.

Every moment in our life, we ​​need a Guru in one form or another. Our life is incomplete and meaningless without Gurus. Gurus have been very important in our life since ancient times.

Why we celebrate Guru Purnima

And if we talk about very ancient times, in the Ramayana and Mahabharata also we have seen that the importance of the Gurus was too much for God also. Faith and blessings of the Gurus are also paramount for God.

Kabirdas has also said that – ” Guru Govind dou khade kake Lagu payein, balihari Guru aapne Govind diyo milaye.”

Which means that – if God is standing on one side and Guru is standing on the other side, then whose feet do I touch first, after that they touch the feet of their Guru and thank the Guru that you have made me so capable that I have been able to see God.

And from this, we learn that the status of Guru is placed above God.

The festival of is also celebrated as the birthday of Maharishi Veda Vyasa. Maharishi Ved Vyas is said to be the knower of all three periods. Ved Vyas was a very good teacher, a very famous creator. And composed all the four Vedas in a very interesting way.

Why do we celebrate Guru Purnima?

 There are many reasons behind celebrating this festival, and there are many stories also among Hindus.

Firstly, the festival of Guru Purnima is celebrated as the birthday of Veda Vyasa.Veda Vyasa has been the first and very best guru of ancient times; he taught a lot of good in the life of his disciples and told them the right path of life.

In Mahabharata, too, his life has been very important for the Kauravas and Pandavas as a guru.

There is also a belief among Hindus that on the day of Guru Purnima, Maharishi Ved Vyas taught the Shrimad Bhagwat Gita to his first 5 disciples. On the occasion of Guru Purnima, this day is celebrated with great respect and faith by considering Ved Vyas as an ideal Guru.

Therefore, Guru Purnima is also called “Vyasa Purnima.”

There is also a belief among the Hindus on the day of Guru Purnima that in ancient times it was on the day of Guru Purnima (i.e., the full moon day in Ashada) when Lord Shiva agreed to teach yoga to his first 7 disciples and from this day he taught yoga to his disciples. And from that day, the first Guru was born, and the relationship between Guru and disciple was connected. Since then, the Guru Purnima festival has been celebrated for Gurus.

In yoga culture, Lord Shiva is not considered to be God, but he is considered the first and ideal master of ancient times for the power of yoga.

Guru Purnima is also celebrated in the Buddha along with Hindus. And there is also a belief among the Buddha that on the day of Guru Purnima, Lord Buddha preached in Sarnath.

That is why this festival is celebrated with great respect and faith among the Buddhas also.

The festival of Guru Purnima is celebrated with great respect, faith, and happiness all over India. On this auspicious day, all people take blessings of their Gurus and spend time with them and learn good things from them.

How people celebrate Guru Purnima?

On the day of Guru Purnima, all the people worship their gurus and thank them for how successful their life is by following their taught principles.

You should wake up early in the morning on Guru Purnima and seek the blessings of your teachers and thank them, you have learned a lot from their principles.

In Hindu culture, gurus have also been called Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh (Lord Shiva), so worshiping Lord Vishnu on Guru Purnima is also very important.

On the day of Purnima, worship is done by placing a picture of Veda Vyasa, and it is called ‘Veda Vyasa Puja.’ In many places in India, there is also the practice of worshiping Gurus along with God.

And this leads to the conclusion that Guru Purnima day teaches us the importance of gurus in our lives and the value of every lesson of Gurus. And we all should understand the importance of gurus in our lives and always respect them.

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