Guru purnima is celebrated on a full moon day that comes during the mid of June and July. It is the day when one offers thanks to their gurus or teachers. This day is also known as vyasa purnima as it is considered as the birth anniversary of veda vyasa who is an important character in Mahabharata. Vyasa pooja is held at various temples, where floral offerings and symbolic gifts are given away in his honor.
Irrespective of their religions, Indian academics celebrate this day by thanking their teachers. Many schools, colleges and universities have events in which students thank their teachers and remember past scholars. It is celebrated as a festival in Nepal, India and Bhutan by the Hindus, Janis and Buddhists.
Buddhist celebrate gurupurnima in honor of Gautama Buddha.
A mantra that is particularly used on this day is “guru Brahma guru Vishnu guru devo Maheshwara, guru sakshat Parabramha tasmai shree gurave namah “. which means “Guru is the creator. Guru is the protector. Guru solely is the destroyer of evil. Guru is the supreme god so I bow upon Him and pay my respects.”
The word Guru is derived from the Sanskrit words gu and ru. Gu means darkness and ru means removal of that darkness. Gurupurnima is a day to show gratitude towards the guru who eliminates all fear and ignorance within all. They guide one to the peaks of personal, professional and spiritual development. The importance of guru can be understood from the Sanskrit verse below.
“Guru Govind donu khade, kisko laagu paay,
Balihari Gurudevaki jinhe Govind diyo bataay”
This meaning of the verse is “I don’t know whom to worship first…! The Guru or God, as it is the Guru who lead me to God..!”
Yes..! Guru is the one who lays path to the God. He is the one who Guided them into the light of life. Every man will have a strong master to be remembered in every success stories of him.
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