Guru Purnima (Poornima) is the birthday of Ved Vyasa also known as Vyasa Purnima This is the spiritual tradition in Hindu culture that dedicates itself to the spiritual and academic gurus who developed or enlightened people and are ready to share their knowledge, based on karma yoga, with very little or no monetary expectation. It is a festival, celebrated by the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Traditionally the Hindus, the Buddhists and Jains observe this festival in order to honor and show their appreciation for their chosen spiritual teachers. The Guru Purnima is one of most auspicious festival and it takes place in the month ‘Ashadha’ on Purnima (full moon-day).
Date of Guru Purnima 2020
This year Guru Purnima 2020 will take place on the 5th of July i.e on Sunday.
Significance of Guru Purnima
Most disciples took ‘Gurukules’ to complete their studies before the emergence of Western-styles, whereby they learned the importance of education and discipline from their gurus. Not only did they study, but they stayed there throughout their years of development. Old Scripture such as Mahabharata and Ramayana is full of instances in which a teacher has special relationships with his disciple or Guru and Shishya. This day is the birth anniversary of Ved Vyasa who was the author and the epic character of Mahabharat. This day also includes some of the great other gurus like Adi Shankara, Sri Ramanuja Acharya and Sri Madhvacharya.
Upon this day, Sage Veda Vyasa and Sage Parashar were born to Satyavati. He is hailed as the author of the Mahabharata, the great Indian epic. He was also a key figure. The wise is known as the embodiment of intelligence and learning. The Vedas is thought to have been listed in four separate texts-Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. He had four primary followers — Paila, Jaimini, Sumantu and Vaisampayana, and the disciples took his legacy forward. Therefore, Vyasa Puja is performed on Guru Purnima in memory of his contributions.
Spiritual events mark the celebration of Guru Poornima and may include a ritualistic guru event; that is, teachers called Guru Pooja.