Guru Purnima 2017 – 9th July 2017 (Sunday)
Guru Purnima Timings ~~ Purnima Tithi Begins – 07:31 on 8th July 2017
Purnima Tithi Ends – 09:36 on 9th July 2017
Meaning of Guru & Significance of GuruPurnima
Guru is a Sanskrit word – Gu means darkness and ru means the one who removes that darkness. It implies that Guru is the person who removes the ignorance and darkness from your life. Purnima is a full moon day. As per Hindu calendar, during the month of Ashadha, which coincides with the English month of July – August, the full moon day is celebrated as Guru Purnima. The same day also denotes the starting of Sawan month or Shravana month, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Some people observe fast on this day.
It is believed by the Hindus, on this day, Lord Shiva became the first Guru when he began the transmission of yoga to the seven sages known as Saptarishis. It is also called by the name of Vyasa Purnima. It is the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa, who was the character in the Hindu epic Mahabharata and also its author. Mahabharata is the symbol of Guru – Shishya relation and teachings.
Guru – A Spiritual Guide
On this day, disciples express their gratitude and pay respects to their teachers and Gurus. Guru Purnima is also celebrated as “Teacher’s Day” in Nepal. People are involved in Guru Puja or Guru Worship.
Guru also refers to the spiritual guide who helps his disciples to enlighten their path of life with his teachings, knowledge and experience. It is rightly said “Guru Govind Dou Khade Kaaku Laage Paaye, Balihaari Guru Aapne Govind Diyo Bataaye”. It means, if at the same time Teacher and God are present together, whom to adore – but Teacher you are great who taught us that God is greater. So, without a teacher or guru, one can never find the path to reach God.
This day is celebrated by the Hindus, Jains and Budhhists. When Gautama Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India – the day is celebrated by the Budhhists as Guru Purnima in the honour of Gautama Buddha. He gave his first oration to five monks at Sarnath on the full moon day. In Hinduism, Sri Ramanuja Acharya, Sri Madhvacharya and Adi Shankara are some noteworthy Gurus too.
Wish all of you a very Happy Guru Purnima!