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Guru Purnima

July 21

Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is a traditional Indian festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers, who are evolved or enlightened humans, ready to share their wisdom with very little or no monetary expectation. The day is a time for students to celebrate their teachers and express their gratitude. The festival is common to all spiritual traditions in India, and it is celebrated by both Hindus and Buddhists.

The term ‘Guru Purnima’ can be divided into two: ‘Guru,’ meaning teacher, and ‘Purnima,’ meaning full moon. The festival is thus observed on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashadha (June–July) as it is known in the Hindu calendar.

According to Hindu legends, this was the day when Lord Shiva became the first Guru (Adi Guru) after the start of creation. It is also believed that this was the day when Vyasa, author of the Mahabharata was born, and hence the day also celebrates his contribution to the Hindu scriptures.

The day is marked by ritualistic respect paid to the Guru, in the form of Guru Puja. The disciples offer Pujas (worship) and pay respect to their Gurus by remembering, appreciating, and expressing gratitude for the significant role they play in shaping their lives. Many use this opportunity to begin their spiritual lessons. In ashrams and monasteries, the day is marked with meditation, chants, and religious discourses.

In recent years, Guru Purnima has come to be celebrated in schools, colleges, and universities, where teachers are honoured by their students. It’s a festival that emphasizes the importance and value of the guru-shishya (teacher-student) relationship in Indian culture. It’s a day for people to express gratitude towards the individuals who have shaped their minds, enriched their lives, and helped them grow.

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