Guru Purnima 2020, also known as Vyasa Purnima, is one of the most auspicious days observed to pay respect and remember one's guru or teacher. It is celebrated on full moon day or Purnima of the Shukla Paksh or the waxing moon in the Ashadha month of the Hindu calendar. As the name denotes, the day is dedicated to gurus or teachers. Interestingly, the Sanskrit word Guru itself means one who removes ignorance (Gu meaning ignorance and Ru means remover).
Guru Purnima 2020 is also known as Vyasa Purnima marks the birthday of Ved Vyasa. It is a spiritual tradition in Hindu culture dedicated to spiritual and academic Gurus.
Guru Purnima Timings:
Guru Purnima on Sunday, July 5, 2020
Purnima Tithi Begins - 11:33 AM on Jul 04, 2020
Purnima Tithi Ends - 10:13 AM on Jul 05, 2020
Significance of Guru Purnima
This auspicious day is celebrated with by Buddhists as it is believed that Gautam Buddha, after denouncing the worldly attachments and being enlightened, served his first sermon at Sarnath on this day. Also, it is said that on this day, Lord Shiva became the Adi Guru - the first Guru and imparted knowledge to the Saptarishis.
Guru Purnima holds great importance for the Jains too. On this day, the 24th Tirthankara – Mahavira – made Gautam Swami (earlier known as Indrabhuti Gautam) his first disciple. He thus became a Guru and hence the day is observed as Guru Purnima.