What is Guru Purnima?
This festival is mainly celebrated by Hindu and Buddhists community where they
offer special pooja and give respect to their disciples or Guru. This festival
falls on the Full moon day known as Purnima in the month of June and July. This
festival is also celebrated by the Buddhist community in order to give respect
to Lord Buddha who gave his sermon on this day. On the other hand Hindu used to
give respect to their disciple Vyasa who is considered the best guru in ancient
time. On this great day Vyasa also begin to write Brahma sutra.
History and celebration of Guru Purnima
History of Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is related to the story of Lord Buddha who went to Bodhgaya for
enlightenment. After attaining enlightenment, Buddha travelled to Isipatana in
order to teach them. He had seen that his five formers would be able to
understand the dharma quickly. After that they all five received enlightenment.
On that time the new community was founded which has named as Sangha. So this
day is celebrated as Guru Purnima when Lord Buddha received Enlightenment.
How to celebrate Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is celebrated in the month of July and August which is considered
the most auspicious day. This day is celebrated in remembrance of sage Vyasa who
wrote 18 puranas. This day has a great significance on all farmers. On this
great day devotees used to awake in the morning at 4 am and chant their prayers.
This day is celebrated at various Asharms. This day is also celebrated in some
places outside India.
Guru is worshipped on this great day in order to attain the path of God
realization. On this day many cultural programs along with spiritual things are
organized in many places. Bajhan Samarohas are also organized. They offer
flowers and sweets to the spiritual gurus on this special day. According to
Jainism this day is referred as the beginning of four months of rainy season.
Students who believe in guru shishya parampara also celebrate this day with
great enthusiasm all over the world.