JULY 8 : Guru Purnima will be celebrated on July 16, 2019, to pay homage to spiritual leaders or gurus, and seek their blessings. Observed on the full moon day of Ashadha month, this day is also known as Vyasa Purnima as it commemorates the birth anniversary of Ved Vyasa, the sage who wrote the Puranas and Mahabharata.
This day is of utmost importance to the Buddhists and the Jains, as well. The Buddhists celebrate Guru Purnima to pay obeisance to Gautama Buddha as he gave his first sermon to five monks in Sarnath on this day. This sermon is known as the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta.
The Jains celebrate this day as Treenok Guha Purnima and pay remembrance to Lord Mahavira, as he got his first follower, Gautam Swami, making him a Treenok Guha.
Guru Purnima is also celebrated by the farmers as they pray to God for good rainfall in the next harvest season.
This July 2019, Pradosh Vrat will be observed on July 14, 2019. The week holds two auspicious days, and so if observed in the right manner- prayers will be answered.
It is believed that Guru Purnima is a beneficial day to accomplish yogic sadhana and meditation. According to Hinduism, prayers done on this auspicious day reach the gurus directly, and their blessings enlighten the followers, evade ignorance from their lives, and show them the path to Parabrahma, the supreme one.
In order to get the full benefit of Vyasa puja, wake up early and pray to your guru and chant the 'Gururbrahmaa Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheswarah' mantra, which means the guru is the representative of Brahma, Vishnu, and Shiva. Offer your guru gifts like rudraksha mala, shawl, or paduka, besides flowers, and fruits.