Guru Purnima is celebrated all across India and Nepal annually in honor of teachers. It is celebrated on the full moon day or purnima in the Hindu calendar month of ashada which typically falls in June or July. This year, it falls on July 19. Guru Poornima also marks the first peak of the lunar cycle following the first solar cycle peak. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Reveals Abhishek-Aishwarya's Wedding Connection With 43-Year-Old Gulmohar Tree at Prateeksha

According to Hindu legend, this day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of guru Krishna Dwaipayama Vyas who wrote the Hindu epic Mahabharata. He is also credited for putting together the four vedas of Hindu culture. He is believed to have gathered all the available Vedic hymns and divided them into four sects — Rig, Yajur, Sama and Atharva. Vyasa is actually a title of honor bestowed upon him as vyas means ‘to edit’. Thus, the name Ved Vyas! He also taught the four vedas to his four disciples – Paila, Vaisampayana, Jaimini and Sumantu making him a venerated guru. Also Read - Coronavirus: Death Toll Nears 20000-mark; Recovery Rate More Than Active Cases | Top Developments

Buddhists celebrate guru purnima in memory of Gautam Budhha’s first sermon at Sarnath which is believed to have been given on this day. On the other hand, in yoga culture, guru purnima is believed to be the day when Shiva became the first guru and passed on the knowledge of yoga to the saptarishis. Also Read - Assam Lockdown News: 3 Villages Under Lockdown After Thousands Attend Funeral of Well-known Preacher

Guru Purnima is celebrated by performing rituals in honor of the guru or teacher. The sanskrit word ‘guru’ means remover of darkness (gu – darkness, ru – remover). Gurus are believed to be the most essential people in the world and form a prominent part of life. During guru purnima, pujas are performed and students all across India and Nepal thank their teachers for their contribution. Vyasa recitations are organized in religious centers and students of Indian classical music too perform respectful rituals for their gurus.


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