Guru Purnima The Birth Anniversary of Maharishi Veda Vyasa :
The Guru Purnima Festival of India is celebrated on month of Ashadh in full moon day to honor the birth anniversary of Maharishi Veda Vyasa. Sage Veda Vyasa is considered as the supreme guru of Hindu religion who compiled four Vedas, namely Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Atharva Veda and Sama Veda along with eighteen Puranas and the Mahabharata.
Guru Purnima Festival of India is also known by the name of “Vyasa Purnima”. This auspicious occasion is celebrated as a symbol of respect to the teacher (guru). During this festival, worshipers offer prayers to their beloved teachers or gurus.
In Sanskrit the word guru is defined as the amalgamation of ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’, where ‘Gu’ stands for darkness/ ignorance and ‘Ru’ stands for remover of darkness/ ignorance. Therefore the Guru is the one who removes darkness (maya).
Those aspiring for spirituality should possess following qualities:
- Vivek- The transient
- Vairagya- Detatchment
- Satsampat- 6 fold virtues (sama, dama, upparati, titiksha, shraddha and samadhana)
- Mumukshatva- Extreme desire for liberation
Since ancient times, gurus have always played a major role in lives of Hindus. Gurus are often respected by Hindus and are regarded as God. In this festival devotees and disciples worship their teacher or gurus by offering dakshinas with devotion and admiration. Vyasa Puja is performed by the devotees, which is followed by meditation, bhajans, satsangha, etc.
During this festival numerous cultural programs and performances are organized by spiritual organizations. Several spiritual discourse and bhajans are organized by these organizations. This sacred day is considered significant for farmers since a four months period (Chaturmas) starts from this day. This day brings with it the season of monsoon filled with rain. The Guru Purnima Festival of India is considered as an important day by spiritual seekers to receive blessings from their gurus.
Guru Purnima Festival In Year 2014 :
This year the Guru Purnima Festival of India will be celebrated on 12 July 2014.