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Celebrating Guru Purnima: Understanding its meaning and significance in Hinduism

According to Hinduism, Guru Purnima is also the day they remember the great sage Maharishi Veda Vyasa

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Lord Shiva and his followers (Representational Pic) Image source: isha.sadhguru.org
  • Guru Purnima is a festival which is celebrated nation-wide to pay homage and to show love for their Gurus irrespective of which religion they belong too
  • The festival of Guru Purnima holds a matter of great importance to Hindus, Buddhists and other religions in our country and internationally
  • The way it is celebrated is changed with course of time from doing Pujas (prayers) to giving gifts and doing fasts

In Sanskrit, Guru means ‘teacher’, one who dispels the ‘darkness of Ignorance’ and brings wisdom. Therefore, to mark the importance of Gurus, Guru Purnima is celebrated in India every year. Needless to say, for thousands of years, the festival of Guru Purnima has held a great significance for Hindus in particular and also in Jainism, Buddhism, and other communities. Celebrated on Purnima (full moon) in the month of Ashadha (July-August), in accordance with the Hindu calendar, Shaka Samvat; this year in 2016, it is celebrated on July 19.

In Indian culture, the ‘gurus’ are given much respect and are often compared to God. Their wisdom and teachings help guide the devotees to the path of righteousness. And on this auspicious day, the blessing by the guru is believed to be equal to that of a blessing from the God himself.

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Guru Purnima (Representation Image). Image source: www.mapsofindia.com
Guru Purnima (Representation Image). Image source: www.mapsofindia.com

According to Hinduism, Guru Purnima is also the day they remember the great sage Maharishi Veda Vyasa. Vyasa was the individual, to which all Hindus owe their gratitude for the 18 Puranas, Mahabharata, and the Srimad Bhagavatam. He was the one who separated the Veda and divided them into four parts, namely, Rig, Yajur, Sama, and Atharva. Therefore, this day is also known as the Vyasa Purnima.

Guru Purnima has a strong spiritual significance. As stated in the yogic lore, on this day, 15000 years ago, Lord Shiva who was the Adiyogi became the first Guru or the Adi Guru of the Hindu religion. He inculcated his wisdom and understanding of life to the seven disciples. These disciples then became Saptarishis and carried on this knowledge with the to spread all across the world.

Guru Purnima (Representational Image). Image source: frenchopen2016schedule.com
Guru Purnima (Representational Image). Image source: frenchopen2016schedule.com

Guru Purnima holds a great significance in the Buddhist religion too. As the story goes, Buddha after attaining enlightenment in Uruvela left for Sarnath to teach his five former companions so that they can also attain enlightenment.

On reaching Sarnath, Buddha taught them the ways of Dharma and they too attained enlightenment. The day on which he first gave his sermon was on a Purnima (full-moon day) of the Ashadha.

For the farmers, Guru Purnima marks the beginning of the four months of the rainy season known as Chaturmas, which brings about new life to the dry fields and according to the spiritual Gurus, it is a great time for a devotee to begin his spiritual journey.

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According to the Jains, Lord Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara, made Indrabhuti Gautam, a Ganadhara, as his disciple and became a guru. Hence, it is known as Guru Purnima.

Guru Purnima celebrations across India. Image source: www.ibtimes.co.in
Guru Purnima celebrations across India. Image source: www.ibtimes.co.in

The way Guru Purnima is celebrated has changed with the passage of time. Earlier, the celebration was marked by doing a ritualistic Guru Puja (prayer). In these prayers, the disciples used to pay their respects to the guru and worship them.

Nowadays, the festival of Guru Purnima is largely celebrated in ashrams and in schools, colleges, and universities to thank and remember past teachers/gurus.

In ashrams, the disciples sometimes hold fast for the whole day and break it only when they meet their gurus, whereas, in schools and colleges, students bring gifts for them and touch their feet to show their respect. The way to pay respect to Gurus might have changed, but the spirit of the festival has remained the same.

– prepared by NewsGram Team

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B-town celebrites take to social media to spread Christmas joy. Pixabay

As the festive mood takes over the country on the auspicious occasion of Christmas, B-Town is also spreading the cheer on social media.

Amitabh Bachchan took to his blog to share: “Before all else, wishes for a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year 2020 .. may the glory of peace and well being be the moto of all .. may we live in the harmony of love and the blessings of this auspicious moment”.

Rishi Kapoor shared a throwback family photo on Twitter where he can be seen wearing a Santa cap along with son Ranbir, who appears to be a teenager. Also in the photo are his wife Neetu Kapoor and daughter Riddhima.

Sanjay Dutt shared a family photo on Twitter and Instagram with his wife Manyata and kids. The actor wrote: “Nothing better than spending time with your family during the holiday season! Here’s wishing everyone a Merry Christmas #MerryChristmas2019 #HappyChristmas #MerryXmas”

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Bhumi Pednekar took to social media platform instagram where she shared a photo of her on Instagram and shared a photo in which she can be seen happily posing in front of a gigantic Christmas tree. Wikimedia Commons

Sara Ali Khan painted Instagram red by posting a series of photographs with her brother Ibrahim, who looks like a photocopy of his father Saif Ali Khan. She posted: “Red nose reindeer, White snowflake, Virgin eggnog, Christmas cake, Get the party started, It’s Christmas Eve for heaven’s sake!” The actress also shared a photo with dad Saif and wrote: “Merry Christmas everyone!”

Bhumi Pednekar shared a photo of her on Instagram where she can be seen happily posing in front of a gigantic Christmas tree. The actress wrote: “Merry Christmas Spread love and Joy! #love #instagood #christmas”

Abhishek Bachchan tweeted: “Merry Christmas”.

Diana Penty shared a gorgeous pic of hers in front of a beautiful Christmas tree and wrote on Instagram: “Ho! Ho! Ho(pe) you have an amazing day filled with love, laughter, family, friends… Merry Christmas everyone!”

Raveena Tandon shared a photo of hers on Insta where she looks gorgeous in a deep red dress. She wrote: “May your heart and home be filled with all of the joys the festive season brings. Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year!”

Shilpa Shetty shared a Boomerang video on Insta where she can be seen trying to bake a cake. Son Viaan is seen in the video, too. Shilpa’s expression is hilarious in the video. She wrote: “A little “two” Merry Grrrrrrr @shamitashetty_official But more the merrier…it’s Christmas!! Cooking up a storm … 7 desserts on the menu for Christmas lunch #christmas #christmastime #christmasdesserts #happiness #prep #love #gratitude #family”.

Adil Hussain tweeted: “Hello Everyone… Have a great Christmas and may the light of the ever forgiving Jesus show you the path to evolve toward your highest potential! Merry Christmas to you everyone one. Love and light.”

Neha Dhupia shared a family photo with husband Angad Bedi and their baby girl Mehr, all clad in red. She tweeted: “Merry Christmas from us to you”

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Singer Neha Kakkar shared on social media site Instagram: “Merry Christmas to You and your Family!! Christmas”. Wikimedia Commons

Singer Neha Kakkar shared on Instagram: “Merry Christmas to You and your Family!! Christmas”

Choreographer-filmmaker Remo D’Souza wished for happiness and peace for everyone on Christmas. He shared on Instagram: “If We could tell Santa what to give all of you, It would be happiness and peace. Not just this Christmas, but for the entire year…Merry Xmas from our family to yours.”

Filmmaker Anubhav Sinha tweeted: “Merry Christmas India!!! Celebrate love!!!” Director Sanjay Gupta also wished: “Merry Christmas”.

Filmmaker duo Abbas-Mustan tweeted: “Merry Christmas to everyone filled with joy happiness n love”.

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Filmmaker Madhur Bhandarkar shared a photo of himself standing in front of a brightly lit and decked up Christmas tree and tweeted: “May this season be full of light, laughter, & peace for you & your family. Merry Christmas.”

Wishes kept pouring in from B-Town throughout the day as, amid a situation of political tension, the nation celebrated Christmas and everyone wished for peace. (IANS)