Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadha, which is from June to July. The celebration of Guru Poornima is marked by spiritual activities and may include a ritualistic event in honor of the Guru; that is, the teachers which is called Guru Pooja.

The word Guru is derived from two words, guand ru. The Sanskrit root Gu means Darkness or Ignorance, and Ru denotes the Remover Of That Darkness. Therefore, a Guru Is One Who Removes The Darkness Of Our Ignorance.

Traditionally the festival is celebrated by Buddhists in honor of the Buddhawho gave his first sermon on this day at SarnathUttar PradeshIndia. In the yogic tradition, the day is celebrated as the occasion when Shiva became the first Guru, as he began the transmission of Yoga to the Saptarishis. Many Hindus celebrate the day in honor of the great sage Vyasa, who is seen as one of the greatest Gurus in ancient Hindu traditions and a symbol of the Guru-Shishya Tradition. Vyasa was not only believed to have been born on this day, but also to have started writing the Brahma Sutras on ashadha sudha padyami, which ends on this day. Their recitations are a dedication to him, and are organised on this day, which is also known as Vyasa Purnima.


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