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Guru Purnima Date 2024 || Significance And Importance of Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima Date 2024: Sunday 21st July 2024

Full Moon days i.e pournami / purnima days have special significance / importance in Hindu religion. Full moon days in each month of the Hindu calendar are celebrated in one way or the other.

Of all the full moon days in a year, Kartika Purnima, Sravana Purnia (Raksha Bandhan) and Phalguna Purnima (Holi - the festival of colors) are specially important.
Sage Veda Vyasa,Courtesy: Google Images
Aashaad Purnima / full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashaad, is celebrated as Guru Purnima / Pournami. This day is also known as Vyasa Purnima. The day is highly auspicious as it is the birth anniversary of the great Hindu sage Veda Vyasa - the Aadi Guru i.e the foremost Guru. Veda Vyasa is known to have edited the four great Vedas viz. Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharvana Veda.

Veda Vyasa is also known to have written the 18 puranas (the ancient Hindu texts) and is well known for his composing the great epics of Mahabhaarata and Bhagawad Geeta. It is believed that Sage Veda Vyasa taught Guru Dattatreya who is regarded as the great Guru. Hence Veda Vyasa is considered the Guru of Gurus.

Guru Purnima celebration

In the present days, Sri Shirdi Sai Baba devotees across the country specially worship Sai Baba offering special prayers. In many Sai Baba temples, devotees perform Abhishekam and perform poor feeding. Most of the Shirdi temples across the country, celebrate this festival in a grand scale and these are heavily crowded with Sai devotees.

As this is a great day, the Telugu people of Andhra Pradesh and Telangana perform Aksharabhyasam of their children either at their homes or in the nearby temples. Most of the people of Andhra Pradesh and its neighboring state of Maharashtra perform this function in the famous Basar Saraswati temple in Telangana.

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