Guru Purnima 2020 also is known as Vyasa Purnima falls in the month of Ashadh and will be celebrated on July 5 this year. On this day, students pay respect to their gurus and it’s celebrated on the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa. The full moon day of the Hindu month of ‘Ashad’ is a day that is very sacred and especially so, as it is a day to worship the Great Indian sage Vyasa.
He was an Indian saint who is credited with editing all the four Indian Vedas and writing the 18 Hindu Puranas as well as authoring the Holy Shrimad Bhagavata and the story of Mahabharata. The Guru of Gurus Dattatreya is said to have been taught by Sage Vyasa. This day is thus considered to be a very knowledge-oriented day for all Hindus.
- Purnima Tithi starts at 11:33 am July 4
- Purnima Tithi end at 10:13 am on Jul 5
Guru Purnima is a sign of the teacher-student relation. In ancient times wandering monks observe this day by offering puja to their guru. On this day, students offer tribute to their teachers and seek their blessings. In India, the day is celebrated by thanking teachers and seeking blessings.
It is believed that this day is also celebrated as it commemorates the goodness of gurus and teachers. The word ‘Gu’ from Guru means darkness and ‘ru’ stands for the removal of darkness. Thus, a teacher is seen as a person who removes all darkness from our lives. One story also says that on this day Lord Buddha has given his first sermon at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh. As per the mythology, on Guru Purnima, Lord Shiva had started the transmission of yoga.
On this day, devotees worship their spiritual gurus and visit temples to seek blessings. Most people observe fast on this day and do pujas at home in appreciation of their gurus. In ashrams and monasteries, prayers are recited by the students in honor of their gurus.