Guru Purnima is a festival celebrated across the world and is dedicated to all the teachers in this world. The word “Guru” refers to the guru who teaches anything. In ancient times, Guru Vyasa was worshipped who is behind four Vedas. These days, it involves worshipping the teacher and showing respect to them for their sheer dedication and hard work to teach you.
When is Guru Purnima?
In 2016, Guru Purnima was celebrated on July 19. In 2017, it will be celebrated on July 9 Sunday.
Purnima Date Begins = 07:31 am on 8-Jul-2017 Purnima Date Ends = 09:36 am on 9-Jul-2017
It is believed that the 4 Vedas written by Guru Vyasa were originally recited by Lord Brahma and every person is responsible to do their work like Sage Vyasa. Several puranas are written by him. Since that time, Guru Purnima is dedicated to all the gurus in this world. This day is known as Guru Purnima and the word “Purnima” describes full moon on this day. In the past, it has great significance along with today’s world. Since this day is dedicated to all the gurus in this world, everyone, despite religion, caste, race, etc. pray to their teachers to thank them for the teaching they provided throughout their life.
The way of celebrating Guru Purnima has been changed a lot over the years. These days, the concept of “Chela” has been changed and the whole world is different now. So, it is pretty obvious that the concept of celebrating Guru Purnima has been changed. People were once used to perform a holy prayer dedicated to their teachers. In such payers, they recite the nobleness and greatness of their teachers. That practice is followed but not in same way. Teachers can be anyone from whom you are learning something.
Every parent is the guru for a child. They are best preachers to us. But it is clear that the teacher is the one who connects human soul to the god. It is really very important to have a guru in your life. Guru is the person who teaches you towards the way to knowledge and peace and finally to the lord. Because of globalization, this day has been celebrated in a different way by different people.
Children may not be touching their teachers’ feet. But the respect towards their trainers, teachers or gurus still lies in every learner’s heart. In different colleges and schools, special events are planned to celebrate this occasion. In Ashrams or other traditional schools, the celebration is different. Children still recite prayers and offer services to their teachers.
Students also go out to celebrate this day with their teachers in some places. It’s not the way you celebrate. What matters the most is that you respect your guru or teacher well and how this day is celebrated by you. Some people take fast for the full day and break when they meet their guru. This day is considered special in India and one would never want to resist this special feeling of meeting their role model.