Guru Purnima is known as one of the biggest festivals in India. It is dedicated to the teachers and all the gurus. Guru Purnima is celebrated in different style across the nation with vigour and enthusiasm. On Guru Purnima, long queues can be witnessed outside temples and at various places of faith. The word ‘guru’ has its roots in the Sanskrit language, where ‘gu’ means darkness and ‘ru’ stands for the removal of darkness.
The festival of Guru Purnima is believed to have been celebrated by Buddhists first, as their Guru – Lord Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon at Saarnaath on this day. Hindus used to pay homage to Vyaas Muni on the day of Guru Poornima. This is why Guru Poornima is aso known as Vyaas Purnima and Gnyaan Purnima, it also being the birthday of Guru Ved Vyaas.
On this auspicious day you can do the following –
1. Take blessings of your Guru, and offer Dakshina if possible.
2. You may recite Guru Leelamrut or Datta Bawani.
3. You may also recite Saai Charitra.
4. If you do not have an appointed Guru, you may also perform the Pooja of your family deity.
5. You may also offer yellow clothes or Sandalwood, yellow pulses (daal) at a temple or to any Brahmin on this day.
6. Guru Purnima can also be called as the ‘Teacher’s Day’, as per the Indian spiritual practices and culture.
According to the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima generally falls on a full-moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadh (June to August).The festival is also believed to mark the onset of monsoons, and is thus a prime source of celebration for farmers.The day of Guru Purnima is considered auspicious for those who are willing to give a start to a spiritual learning of any kind.