One of the important days dedicated to our teachers or mentors, Guru Purnima is observed with utmost reverence across the country. The Sanskrit word “guru” has two syllables gu and ru, meaning “ignorance” or “darkness” and “elimination” or “removal” respectively. Thus, the guru is someone who removes all the darkness by enlightening and providing knowledge to the students.
Sanskrit “guru” is cognate with Latin “gravis”, which means “heavy”, “grave”, “weighty” or “serious” and Greek “βαρύς”, which means “heavy” too. All three derive from the Proto-Indo-European root *gʷerə-, specifically from the zero-grade form *gʷr̥ə-.
Read on to know more about Guru Purnima 2021 which is dedicated to our beloved and respected gurus or teachers.
When is Guru Purnima 2021?
According to Hindu calendars, Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of Ashadha. The day observes the birth of the great author Veda Vyasa who wrote the epic Mahabharata. This year, Guru Purnima falls on 24 July, Saturday.
Guru Purnima Timing 2021
Purnima Tithi or Guru Purnima timings 2021 are as follows:
Tithi starts at 10:43 AM on 23 July, Friday
Tithi ends at 8.06 AM on 24 July, Saturday
What is Guru Purnima?
It is a tradition dedicated to all our spiritual as well as academic mentors and teachers who have been a vital part of our journey of learning and who have enlightened our paths and provided us with knowledge.
The festival is celebrated all across India as well as in Nepal and Bhutan by Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists. The day was observed conspicuously by MK Gandhi to pay tribute to his spiritual Guru Shrimad Rajchandra.
Story of Guru Purnima
On the first full moon day in the month of Ashada (from July to August), Adi Guru or the first guru Lord Shiva imparted the knowledge of yoga to the seven rishis of the Vedas or the Saptarishis.
The day is celebrated as the birthday of Veda Vyasa. This is why the day has been celebrated as Guru Purnima to celebrate all our gurus or teachers who provided new possibilities and knowledge to the students and the human race.
Guru Purnima celebrations
The day is celebrated by worshipping God and by expressing gratitude towards our teachers and/or mentors. Furthermore, many celebrate the day in their schools and colleges in a traditional manner.