A day to worship our teachers and mentors.Teachers are our guiding angel.They guide us to move on the right path and it is our responsibility to thank them for their selfless service.The day holds special importance in the lives of Hindus,Buddhists, and Jains.The word Guru is derived from the Sanskrit language where ‘Gu’ means darkness and ‘Ru’ means the removal of darkness.This day marks the birth ceremony of Ved Vyasa,who wrote the holy book Mahabharata.The day to remember Lord Buddha and his teachings.
How is the day celebrated?
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On this day,people worship their gurus early in the morning.They bring them gifts,visit temples and offer them respect.Many people keep fast to show their respect towards their guru. On this day, Hindu scriptures say, Lord Shiva, the first or Adi Guru of the world, gave the knowledge of Yoga to Saptarishis (the Seven Sages) for the benefit of humanity. Hence, some people observe fast in honour of their guru and seek their blessings.
Significance of Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima celebrates India’s tradition of ‘guru-sishya’ – a bond that brings together a teacher and a student, which has now become a part of India’s culture. But since time immemorial, traditional knowledge and teachings have been pass down from one generation to another through the shrutis and shalokas. In ancient India, parents used to send their children to the Gurus.