Guru Purnima (Hindi: गुरु पूर्णिमा, Tamil: குரு பூர்ணிமா, Telugu: గురుపౌర్ణమి, Malayalam: ഗുരു പൂർണിമ, Gujarati: ગુરુ પૂર્ણિમા) also spelled Guru Poornima is the day to commemorate the importance of the 'Guru' or the teacher in one's life. According to spiritual experts, it is the Guru who transcends an individual from the vicious cycle of life and death and helps realize the reality of the eternal 'aatma' or conscience.

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When is Guru Purnima celebrated ?

Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day or Purnima in the month of Ashadha of the Hindu calendar. It falls in the months of July-August on the English calendar.

Today is Guru Purnima. Next year, 2020 guru purnima is on Sunday, 05 July.

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Guru Purnima celebrates the importance of teacher in ones life

Purnima Tithi Timings On Guru Purnima Day 2019

Sunrise16 July, 2019 05:54 AM.
Sunset16 July, 2019 07:11 PM.
Purnima Tithi Begins16 July, 2019 01:48 AM.
Purnima Tithi Ends17 July, 2019 03:08 AM.
Place : Ujjain [ India ]   See More

Spiritual significance of Guru Purnima

According to Hinduism, Guru Purnima celebrates the birth of Ved Vyasa, the famous sage who is said to have edited the Vedas dividing them into four; he also wrote the Puranas which is considered the 'fifth Veda' and the Mahabharata. It is believed that on this day, prayers reach the Mahaguru directly and his blessings evade darkness and ignorance from a disciple's life.

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Buddhists believe the on Guru Purnima Budhha delivered his first sermon or teaching to his first five disciples

According to Buddhism, on this day, Gautam Budhha delivered his first sermon or teaching to his first five disciples after he migrated from Bodhgaya to Sarnath. Thereafter, the 'Sangha' or the community of His disciples was formed.

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Lord Mahavira became the 'Guru' to his first disciple on this day.

According to Jainism, Lord Mahavira became the 'Guru' to his first disciple Gautam Swami on this day. Thus this day is celebrated to venerate Mahavira.

According to ancient Indian history, this day is of utmost importance to farmers as they worship God for giving them a good rainfall for the next harvest.

The date of Guru Purnima 2019 is, July 16, Tuesday.

Rituals of Guru Purnima 2019

Among Hindus, this day is dedicated to the worshipping of one's guru who acts as the guiding light in his/her life. Vyasa puja is held in many places where mantras are enchanted to venerate the 'Guru'. Devotees offer flowers and gifts as tokens of respect and 'prasad' and 'charanamrita' are distributed. Devotional songs, hymns and recitals are chanted the whole day. The holy text of Guru Gita is recited in the guru's memory.

'Padapuja' or the worship of the sage's sandals are arranged by disciples in the different asharams and people gather at the place where the seat of their guru lies, rededicating themselves to his teachings and principles.

This day is also dedicated to the Guru Bhai or the fellow disciple and devotes express their solidarity towards each other in their journey towards spiritualism. This day is spent by disciples on introspection of their individual spiritual journeys so far.

Many people begin their spiritual lessons on this day. This process is known as 'diksha'.

Buddhists observe the eight teachings of Buddha on this day. This ritual is known as 'Uposatha'. With the advent of the rainy season from this day, Buddhist monks are known to start meditation and adopt other ascetic practices from this day.

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Many musicians pay tribute to their music gurus on Guru Purnima

Many ardent students of the Indian classical music pay tribute to their music 'gurus' on this day and reiterate the guru-shishya parampara (teacher-student tradition) which has been native to Indian culture since ages.

Guru Purnima festival dates between 2016 & 2026

2016Tuesday, 19th of July
2017Sunday, 9th of July
2018Friday, 27th of July
2019Tuesday, 16th of July
2020Sunday, 5th of July
2021Saturday, 24th of July
2022Wednesday, 13th of July
2023Monday, 3rd of July
2024Sunday, 21st of July
2025Thursday, 10th of July
2026Wednesday, 29th of July

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