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Significance and importance of Guru Purnima

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 Purnima i.e Rakhi Pournami and Phalguna Pournami i.e Holi - the Hindu festival of colors are very important.

Sage Veda Vyasa
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Full moon day i.e pournami day in the Hindu month of Aashadam is celebrated as Guru Pournami. This day is also known as Vyasa Pournami. 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. He 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 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 Saraswati Temple at Basara

Date of Guru Pournami: July 27, 2018 (Friday).
This year it is Sampoorna Chandra Grahan / Lunar Eclipse on Guru Purnima day. According to panchangam, people with birth star Uttarashada and Sravana are not supposed to watch the eclipse. The eclipse begins at 11.54 p.m IST and ends at 3.49 a.m IST.

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