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Guru Purnima Festival 2015

Updated on June 24, 2015
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Anamika S Jain is a Social Media Consultant and Blogger. She is passionate about topics like Alternative Health Therapies and Hindu Mantras.

Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima as this day is the day on which sage Veda Vyas classified the Vedas, who wrote the eighteen Puranas and the Mahabharat was born. Guru Poornima Festival day this year falls on Saturday 12th July, 2014.
Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima as this day is the day on which sage Veda Vyas classified the Vedas, who wrote the eighteen Puranas and the Mahabharat was born. Guru Poornima Festival day this year falls on Saturday 12th July, 2014.

Significance of Guru Vyasa Purnima Festival

The Guru Purnima festival falls in the month of Ashadh of the Hindu Calender in the day of full moon. This year Ashadh Purnima falls on Saturday, July 31, 2015. Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima as this day is the day on which sage Veda Vyaasa who classified the Vedas, wrote the eighteen Puranas and the Mahabharat was born. He is considered and revered as the first guru of the Hindu Dharma and therefore revered on this day. Veda Vyasa is said to have even taught Dattatreya, who is regarded as the Guru of Gurus. The relationship between the Guru and the Disciple is considered very sacred. The Guru in the Hindu religion is looked upon as an embodiment of God himself. On the day of Guru Purnima, disciples offer prayers and reverence to the Guru in mind, action and speech. This day also has a special significance to the farmers and for those who want to begin your spiritual lessons or perform special spiritual rituals. The day also marks the beginning of ‘chaturmas’.

Who is a Guru? The Sanskrit ‘Gu’ means darkness or ignorance and ‘Ru’ refers to one who removes. Therefore the word Guru means one who removes darkness of our ignorance. Astrologically, Guru is represented by Jupiter which is the only planet that has the potency to nullify any affliction caused by the other planets. Guru Purnima festival celebration is Homage to the teacher or guru. Sadhus and Sannyasins are worshiped and fed on this day and Satsang on spiritual topics are performed on this day. The Guru Purnima is celebrated every year on a very grand scale at many Hindu ashrams and gurukuls where the disciples wake up early morning at around 4 ‘o’clock and meditate on the Guru and offer prayers after taking bath. Guru is worshiped just like God is worshiped with flowers, fruits, incense and camphor. On the day the sacred worship of the Guru's Feet is performed. Many disciples also keep fast by taking only milk and fruits the whole day and take fresh resolves for spiritual progress on the auspicious occasion of Vyaasa Purnima. Many disciples also observe a vow of silence on this day.

Guru Poornima Festival in Shirdi

Guru Purnima Festival Dates 2013-2022

Year
Day
Festival Date
2013
Monday
July 22,2013
2014
Saturday
July 12, 2014
2015
Friday
July 31, 2015
2016
Tuesday
July 19, 2016
2017
Sunday
July 9, 2017
2018
Friday
July 27, 2018
2019
Tuesday
July 16, 2019
2020
Sunday
July 5, 2020
2021
Saturday
July 24, 2021
2022
Wednesday
July 13, 2022
Guru Purnima (Vyasa Purnima) Festival Dates for years 2013 to 2022

Importance of Guru

Guru Brahma Gurur Vishnu Guru Devo Maheshwaraha
Guru Saakshat Para Brahma Tasmai Sree Gurave Namaha

Meaning: Guru is a representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as he creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance. I salute such a Guru.

Do you think a Guru is worthy of worship?

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© 2010 Anamika S Jain

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    Greenheart 

    6 years ago from Cambridge

    Thanks for this hub. Guru Purnima is special to me too.

    I have a Guru,Avatar Adi Da. And the fulll moon celebration is a great feast of the Guru's blessings. And the great thing is that it is a universal way, worship of the realised one. It is also an ancient way.

    Thanks Anamika. Gavin

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    dreamreachout 

    8 years ago

    How do a modern man who isnt ignorant yet in all kinds of trouble react to your hub!! It would be most wonderful to read your reactionary comment!!

    Cheers!!

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    Elena 

    8 years ago from London, UK

    I enjoyed reading about the festival. I hope you enjoyed it. Thanks for the info and it's also nice to know the true meaning of a "Guru".

    Shuku ria. :)

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    Sanvedana 

    8 years ago

    Thanks for reminding us that its Guru Purnima on 25th July :)

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    Kaie Arwen 

    8 years ago

    Thank you for the education! I learned a lot here........ Kaie

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    Varenya 

    8 years ago

    Wonderful hub Anamika, is very informative and pleasant to read, I must absolutely thank you!

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    jayb23 

    8 years ago from India

    Amazing hub Anamika specially for people who are ignorant abt the hindu religion. Keep spreading the light :-)

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    H P Roychoudhury 

    8 years ago from Guwahati, India

    According to Hindus: As you said “Guru is a representative of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva as he creates, sustains knowledge and destroys the weeds of ignorance”. According to Christian religion: Jesus represents the God. Similarly Hazrat Mohamad is for Islam. Thus God is worshipped by the same human beings under different way creating a division in the humanity while the blood (Hemoglobin) in human beings is the same. Thus any religion is supreme in bringing mental peace but at the same time bringing an undisclosed hatred among mankind.

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    Don A. Hoglund 

    8 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

    I admit to ignorance on eastern religion.You may start to educate me on the subject.

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