Guru Purnima a day dedicates to our teachers. In India and Nepal, this day is celebrated as festival and people give tribute to their teacher or gurus. In India, teachers are given a special place as they are seen as the leaders who not only show us correct path but also guide in becoming a good and successful person in life
Date: The day is celebrated by Buddhists, Hindus and Jains every year on the full moon day in the Hindu calendar. This year Guru Purnima is celebrated on July 4 and 5. According to the timing, the festival starts from 11:33 am on July 4 and ends on 10:13 am on July 5.
Importance: 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 offers tribute to their teachers and seek their blessings. In India, the day is celebrated by thanking teachers and seeking blessings.
Significance: 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, people also visit temples and take blessing from the god. The day is seen as a big celebration all over the country.