Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day, known as Purnima as per the Hindu calendar of Ashadha month. One pays obeisance to the Guru or teacher on this day, thanking for all the knowledge and life-lessons. This year, devotees are advised to stay in-doors and restrain themselves from visiting religious places due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Significance of Guru Purnima
According to Hinduism, Maharishi Ved Vyas was born on Guru Purnima day. Due to this, Guru Purnima is also known as Vyas Purnima. Ved Vyasa is considered as the Kalavatar of Lord Vishnu. Therefore, worshiping Lord Vishnu is also accepted. It is said that the Guru dispels the darkness by spreading the light in the life of his disciple. Whereas in life, they also pave the way.
Moreover, the importance of a Guru has also been clearly established in our great Indian epics Ramayana and Mahabharata.
The bond shared by Sage Vishwamitra and Lord Rama or Arjuna and Dronacharya is classic specimens of the Guru Shishiya Parampara.
The day is also celebrated with utmost fervor by Buddhists as it is believed that Gautam Buddha, after denouncing the worldly attachments and being enlightened, served his first sermon at Sarnath on this day. Also, it is said that on this day, Lord Shiva became the Adi Guru – the first Guru and imparted knowledge to the Saptarishis.
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Guru Purnima Time
In Indian Standard Time, the time of lunar eclipse on July 5 will start at 8.37 am and after that, it will be in its maximum effect at 9.59 am and will end at 11.22 am. This eclipse will last for about 2 hours and 45 minutes. In such a situation, due to the sunrise in India, Indians will not be able to see this eclipse and for this reason, there will not be a Sutak period during a lunar eclipse.
The auspicious time of worship on this day is in the morning. According to the Hindi Panchang, the date of the full moon will begin at 11:33 on July 4 and will end at 10.13 on July 5. Therefore, Sadhak should perform Guru Puja in the morning on Vyas Purnima.
Wishing Everyone a Happy Guru Purnima!