Celebrate Guru Purnima on July 16 by seeking blessings from gurus. Image Source: Prokerala.com

JULY 11 : The festival of Guru Purnima will be celebrated across India on the full moon day of July 16, 2019. Purnima tithi will begin at 1:48 am on July 16, and end on July 17, at 3:08 am. This auspicious day is observed by the Hindus, Buddhist and, Jains. People worship their gurus and seek blessings. Many even pay respect to their academic teachers, and mentors.

The Buddhists observe the ritual Uposatha, the eight teachings of Buddha, and practice meditation. Jains celebrate the day as Treenok Guha Purnima and pay homage to their Treenok Guhas and teachers.

People start the day early with Guru Puja at their homes to pay homage to their gurus. Hindus celebrate this day to mark the birth of Ved Vyasa, who wrote the Puranas and Mahabharata. Many fast and do Vyasa puja. They chant mantras and offer flowers and gifts as tokens of respect to their gurus. Many visit temples and offer flowers, fruits, and sweets. Day-long festivities take place in temples and ashrams. Devotional songs are sung, and mantras and hymns are recited. This is followed by a feast for the devotees, where prasad and charnamrita, the nectar of the feet of the guru, are distributed.

Lord Shiva, who passed on the knowledge of yoga to his seven followers, is also worshipped on Guru Purnima. People take vows to follow their teacher's guidance and teachings. Mantras like 'Gururbrahmaa Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheswarah' are chanted.

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