Guru Purnima is national wide festival which is dedicated towards the Guru in this world. Guru word is used for the teacher who teaches anything to a learner. If we relate it to the ancient time, it is actually worshipping the Guru Vyasa who wrote the 4 Vedas. But in today time, it is all about worshipping your teacher and showing gratitude towards them for their impeccable hard work for teaching you.
History of Guru Purnima
It is said that, the Guru Vyasa wrote all the 4 Vedas that were recited by the Lord Brahma and every person in this world is in debt for the work, that saint Vyasa did. He also wrote several Purans. And from those times, a day was dedicated towards the Gurus and this day is called as ‘Guru Purnima’. Purnima word is used because on this day, there is a full moon.
It has a deep significance in the past and in today’s world also. As this day is dedicated towards the Gurus, people irrespective of caste etc offer their prayers to their gurus thanking them for the knowledge they have provided to the learner.
Guru Purnima 2023 Date: When is Guru Purnima?
Last Year Guru Purnima was celebrated on Wednesday, 13th July 2022
This Year Guru Purnima will be celebrated on Wednesday, 3rd July 2023
How People Celebrate Guru Purnima?
Over the years, the way Guru Purnima is celebrated has changed a lot and it is quite common because of the fact that, now the whole world is different and the concept of ardent ‘Chella’ (Learner) has changed a lot. In earlier times people used to host a special prayer for their Gurus and in those prayers they used to recite the greatness and the nobleness of their gurus. That practice is still followed but not in the same manner. Guru can be any one who is teaching someone something.
Even parents are the gurus as they are the best preacher to the child. But it is said that a Guru is the one who acts as the link between the god and the human soul. And having Guru in your life is a must have thing. Guru is the one who guides the person on the way of peace and knowledge and finally to the god. On the other hand due to the globalization scenarios and the way people celebrate this day have changed a lot.
Children’s may not be seen touching the feet of their teachers or trainer but still the respect for Gurus or their teachers still lies in the heart of children. In various schools and colleges special events are organized to celebrate this day. In typical schools like Ashram, the scene is totally different. There, children recite prayer sand offers their services to the teachers there.
In some places it has been seen that, learners go out with their teachers to celebrate this day. The only thing which matters is that you have respect for your teacher or Guru, how you celebrate this day, is up to you only. Some people end up in having fast for the whole day and break it only after meeting with their guru. In India, this day is a special one and is a experience that a human being will never want to miss, at least for few days may be.