Why Indian People Celebrate Guru Purnima

What is the importance of Guru?

Guru Purnima is celebrated on a Purnima or full moon day, falling in Aashaadha month, as per the Hindu calendar. Guru Purnima is a tradition for all the spiritual and academic Gurus. it is celebrated as a festival in India, Nepal, and Bhutan by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists.

This year, people are celebrating the favorable day on Wednesday, July 13. The festival is also known as 'Vyasa Purnima' as the birth anniversary of 'Veda Vyasa', who is considered the author of Mahabharata and compiled the Vedas. This festival was revived by Mahatma Gandhi to his spiritual guru, Shrimad Ramachandra.

The word Guru is derived from twice the words, gu and ru. In Sanskrit, Gu means Ignorance or Darkness, and Ru means the Remover of that Darkness, Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of life. On this day, Apostle offered Pooja or pay respect to their Guru. 

Regardless of their religions, Indian academics celebrate this day by thanking their teachers. Many schools and universities have events and thank their teachers and remember past scholars. This day is the traditional way for Indians to celebrate, Teacher's Day.


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