All you need to know about Gurupurnima: why and when to celebrate Gurupoornima?

The word Guru is derived from two words, gu and ru. The Sanskrit root gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness.

Guru Purnima 2018 Puja Vidhi, Timings Procedure:

Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 27 this year. The purnima tithi will begin at 11:16 pm on July 26 and end at 01:50 am on July 28.
It is observed by Observed by Hindu devotees & Buddhist Disciples in India and Nepal.

Guru Purnima (Poornima) is an Indian & Nepalese spiritual tradition dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers, who are evolved or enlightened humans, ready to share their wisdom, with very little or no monetary expectation, based on Karma Yoga. It is celebrated as a festival in Nepal by the Nepalese Hindus and Buddhists. This festival is traditionally observed by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains to revere their chosen spiritual teachers / leaders and express their gratitude. The festival is celebrated on the full moon day . This day marks the first peak of the lunar cycle after the peak of the solar cycle.

Buddhist history of Gurupurnima:

Gurupurnima 2018

The Buddha went from Bodhgaya to Sarnath about 5 weeks after his enlightenment. Before Gautama (the Buddha-to-be) attained enlightenment, he gave up his austere penances and his friends, the Pañcavaggiya monks, left him and went to Isipatana (Sarnath). After attaining Enlightenment the Buddha, leaving Uruvela, travelled to the Isipatana to join and teach them. He went to them because, using his spiritual powers, he had seen that his five former companions would be able to understand Dharma quickly.

While travelling to Sarnath, Gautama Buddha had to cross the Ganges. When King Bimbisara heard of this, he abolished the toll for ascetics. When Gautama Buddha found his five former companions, he taught them, they understood and as a result they also became enlightened. At that time the Sangha, the community of the enlightened ones, was founded. The sermon Buddha gave to the five monks was his first sermon, called the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta. It was given on the full-moon day of Asadha. Buddha subsequently also spent his first rainy season i.e. Varsha vassa at Sarnath at the Mulagandhakuti. The Sangha had grown to 60 in number (after Yasa and his friends had become monks), and Buddha sent them out in all directions to travel alone and teach the Dharma. All 60 monks were Arahants.

Gurupurnima 2018
Gurupurnima 2018

What peoples do on this day?

Peoples keep fast on this day to show their respect to their Guru. The students of Indian classical music and Indian classical dance, which also follow the Guru shishya parampara, celebrate Guru Purnima festival around the world. Public discourses and puja is also held to offer prayers to one’s guru.

People also observe the Satya Narayan Vrat on the full moon day and worship Lord Vishnu. They decorate the entrances to their houses with mango leaves, tulsi hangings, and garlands. Dry fruits, fruits, rice dishes, betel leaves and milk porridge are the main dishes offered to the gods on this day. Many others begin their day with meditation and self-introspection. Since it’s a full moon day, people meditate under the full moon and soak the positive energy in.

Gurupurnima 2018
Gurupurnima 2018

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