Significance of Guru Purnima:
Guru Purnima is a very sacred festival to the Hindus. It is celebrating in remembrance and veneration to sage Vyas, so this day is also called Vyas Purnima. He classified the Vedas and wrote the eighteen Puranas and the Mahabharata, so his disciples offered Pujas to him. So the day also called Guru Purnima. It is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadh (June to August) in reference to the Hindu calendar.
Meaning of Guru Purnima:
Purnima word is used because, on this day, there is a full moon. Celebrating this festival has a deep significance that is the disciples their lives to the Gurus thanking them for the knowledge they have provided to the learner. Guru is a Sanskrit work; ‘Gu’ means darkness or ignorance. ‘Ru’ means remover of that darkness. One who removed the darkness of our ignorance and inspired us to learn knowledge, he is the Guru.
This day also has very deep significance to the farmers. They celebrate this day for their aspiration of much-needed rains. As the advent of cool shower usher in fresh life in the fields.
Changes in Celebrations:
In Indian tradition, the festival celebrates in grand scale. Over the years, the way of celebrating Guru Purnima has been changing a lot. In ancient period all the disciples gather and used to host a special prayer for their Gurus and in those prayers, the disciples recite the greatness and nobleness of their Gurus. At present, the way of celebration turned as going to the temples and offering the prayers to the Gods and Seers. Guru can be any one who inspired to learn knowledge or who causes you to build up your career in a right way, those are also gurus.
Parents are also Gurus, they teach to their children how to sustain in life in a best way. In olden days the Guru’s concept of teachings is to link between the god and the human soul. In everyone’s life, one should have Guru is important to remove the ignorance from our mind to lead admirable life.
This day is also celebrated by the Buddhists in the honor of Lord Buddha. Lord Buddha preached his first preaching to his disciples on Purnima day at Sarnath.