Paying Respect to Gurus on the Occasion of Guru Purnima

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Guru Purnima is the day when we pay respect to our Gurus. Some organise pujas using simple pooja items while some spend the day on fasting. More on Guru Purnima.

Indian tradition and culture has always placed ‘Guru’ or ‘the teacher’ in the most revered position. As our scriptures read :-

“GururBrahma GururVishnu GururDevo Maheshwaraha ;
Guru Saakshaat ParaBrahma Tasmai Sri Gurave Namaha”

(Translated, this signifies Guru as the Creator, Guru as the Preserver and Guru as the Destroyer. Guru is also the absolute and ultimate Lord himself. Salutations to that!)

Guru purnima is the day of remembrance of the Guru and his importance in our lives. Some of them buy pooja items and offer pooja as a reverence to their gurus. Organising a special pooja on the day is a norm in many institutions which abide by the traditional systems. Organising pooja on this occasion is not difficult due to the availability of online puja samagri which makes matter easier.

Guru Purnima is held on the full moon day in the month of Ashadh, which is normally between June to August. The interesting thing about Guru Purnima is the fact that it finds equal importance in Hindu philosophy, in Buddhism and in Jainism.

In Buddhism this day is observed by paying respect to Lord Buddha who is the creator of Buddhism. The Buddhists believe that on this day Lord Buddha gave the first sermon at Sarnath. This was after he attained enlightenment as Buddha in Bodh Gaya.

In Hinduism, it is believed that on this day Lord Shiva attained the status of a Guru when he imparted the knowledge of Yoga to the seven rishis known as Sapta Rishi. This day is also dedicated to Maharishi Veda Vyasa who wrote the Puranans, the Mahabharata and Srimad Bhagavatam. The day is this also known as Vyasa Purnima in remembrance of the great sage.

In Jainism this day is observed as Treenok Guha Purnima to honour Mahavira who was the famous 24th Tirthankara. According to Jain belief, this was the day when Mahavira came to get his first follower Gautam Swami and attained the name Treenok Guha.

Though there is no particular ritual that needs to be followed on Guru Purnima, each place has it’s own way of observing this day.

However, Normally the following are Practised:-

  • The students or shishyas are supposed to wake up before sunrise. After taking bath they meditate about the Guru and chant his prayers or prayers for his welfare.
  • After this the worship of Guru takes place by washing his feet and paying respect to him.
  • At some places, special pujas are performed for the welfare of Guru and his devotees.
  • Normally on this day, monks, sages, sadhus are offered food.
  • At some places spiritual discourses or satsangs are organised.
  • At places where disciples are to ordained into the Holy Order, they are bestowed that position on this day.
  • Devout disciples often hold a fasting throughout the day in remembrance of their Guru.

Guru Purnima is a very small way to pay tribute to our Gurus and it is one occasion which should not be missed. Buy from the online puja samagri store and perform the puja with perfection and complete devotion.

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