Guru Purnima is celebrated as a day for adoration to your teachers. The Guru is a teacher who dispels the darkness of ignorance and leads the student on the path of enlightenment. Guru Purnima is on the full moon day of Ashadh (June – July) in Shaka Varsha celebrated in remembrance of great Veda Vyas by Hindus. He classified Vedas and wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavata. He is considered as a divine teacher “Jagat Guru” and hence the festival begins with his worship.
In India, gurus are treated with great importance & respect; traditionally the festival is celebrated by Hindus & Buddhists to give homage to their gurus. A Guru is an absolute necessity for every aspirant in Life. One who removes darkness of our ignorance & enlightens us is our Guru.
On Guru Purnima day, the disciples express their gratitude to their Guru and in return receive their Guru’s blessing. And they renew their commitment to follow their teacher’s guidance in following year. Guru Purnima is a sacred day for Buddhists as it is believed to be on this day on which Lord Buddha gave his first sermon.
Guru Purnima is a golden opportunity to preserve the Guru-disciple tradition which is fading in the current world. It is an occasion to spend quality time along with your teachers, who molded us in positive direction & helped to us to pave our way to have a successful life. Guru Purnima is a day to commemorate the profession of teaching and everyone associated with it. On this day people indulge themselves in a number of activities that concentrate on bringing teachers and students closer. Several educational institutions across the country organize cultural programs to honor the Gurus and appreciate them.