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Guru Purnima 2019: Date, Time, Tithi, Significance, Story of Vyasa Purnima

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Guru Purnima (16th July 2019 Tuesday) is observed on the Full Moon day during Ashadha month (June-July) as per the Hindu Lunar calendar. It is the day when one offers obeisance to their spiritual masters, teachers or Guru. In Sanskrit is translated as the dispeller of darkness and refers to spiritual guide who enlightens his disciples through his knowledge and teachings. The day of Guru Purnima is also beneficial to carry out yogic sadhana and meditation.

Particular Date & Day Time starts Time ends
Tithi July 16, Tuesday 1:48 AM
Tithi July 17, Wednesday 3:07 AM

This day is also known as Vyasa Purnima and commemorated as the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa, the author and a character in the Vedic magnum opus Mahabharata. Some of the notable Gurus in Hinduism are Sri Madhvacharya, Adi Shankara and Sri Ramanuja Acharya. Buddhists also celebrate Guru Purnima in the honor of Gautama Buddha. It is said that Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh on this day.

Your real Guru is truly within. He is the One who dispels all fear and ignorance. As Ramakrishna Paramahamsa says, He alone is the true teacher who is illumined by the light of true knowledge. Your Guru helps you connect to the Guru within. He resides in your Vishudha Chakra located on the throat and awakens when you surrender to your higher self.

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Significance of Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima is the day to show gratitude to one's Guru who removes inner fears or darkness and show the path to Parabrahma, the Supreme One. Guru Purnima is observed on the Full Moon day during Ashadha month (June-July). Guru Puja or Guru Worship is performed on this day in order to offer obeisance to his Guru or teachers on this day. He is a teacher, a spiritual master and the one who guides you through your personal, professional and spiritual development.

It is the day to revere our teachers and mentors who make our life valuable. It is the Guru who removes the darkness from within his students and leads them to the light of wisdom and ultimately introduces them to God. The ones who impart temporal wisdom such as school teachers and college lecturers are also felicitated on this day.

The importance of Guru Purnima and the Guru is detailed in the below Sanskrit verse:

"Guru Govind donu khade, kisko laagu paay,
Balihari Gurudevaki jinhe Govind diyo bataay"

Meaning: I don't know whom to worship first.. the Guru or God as it is the Guru who lead me to God.

Sage Ved Vyas

Guru Purnima Legend

Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima as Sage Ved Vyas, the author of Mahabharata and Brahma Sutras was born on this day. Buddhists believe this to be the day when Gautam Buddha taught his disciples the path of enlightenment. Buddhists celebrate Guru Purnima by meditating and observing uposatha.

Guru Purnima Mantra and Its Importance

A mantra that is specially used on this day is:

"Gururbrahmaa Gururvishnuh Gururdevo Maheswarah|
Guruh-Saakshaat Parabrahma Tasmai Shrigurave Namah ||"

It means that the Guru is Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva), revere the Guru who is a manifestation of Parabrahma, the Supreme God.

What To Do on Guru Purnima

What To Do on Guru Purnima?
  • Wake up early in the morning (Brahmamuhurta) to pray and chant hymns to the Guru.
  • Guru's feet should be worshiped. He is presented with Gifts of Rudraksha mala, Shawl, Paduka and the like.
  • Food and delicacies should be offered to the ascetics and spiritualists.
  • Offer flowers, fruits and prayers to Satguru Ved Vyasa.

Finding the real Guru:

One who is a genuine seeker of knowledge and truth always finds his Guru. And this is possible when one is naturally curious and inclined to finding a path that leads to bliss. Such people guided by their Guru on the outside meets the real Guru inside: inner voice. The inner voice is the true Guru. All the successful people listen to others but believe in their inner voice. Your inner voice is the real Guru that guides you to the right path.

It is often experienced that your inner voice tells you the right away when you are in confusion but that voice is at times dwarfed by the external factors such as different opinions of others that influence you. And it lands you further in confusion. That is why highly successful people always respect opinions and suggestions of others but always listen to their inner voice which is the ultimate Guru.

Auspicious Pujas To Be Performed On Guru Purnima

Guru Purnima Puja and Yajna:

Guru Purnima Puja and YajnaGuru Purnima is celebrated to mark the birthday anniversary of Vyasa Muni’s birthday. It is the day when people honour their spiritual masters, teachers, seniors and elders.  The celebration venerates the Gurus or teachers. Guru Purnima Puja & Yajna on the occasion of Guru Purnima is performed to seek the divine blessings of gurus who remove darkness of ignorance and light up the Path of life. 
Benefit of this puja:

  • Paying tributes to our beloved Guru.
  • Success in education, career and marriage
  • Blessings of Planet Jupiter and removing malefic effects of planet Jupiter. In Astrology, Jupiter is a planet of learning, morality, self-confidence, hope, honour, and the law. It is associated with optimism and growth (including mental and spiritual growth).
  • Anyone facing Guru Dosha, which leads to problems like lack of prosperity, loss of confidence, expenses, fights, selfishness, educational barriers, and lack of harmony in and around the individual may perform this puja and get a relief from its malefic effects

Guru - Jupiter - Grah Puja Mantra Japa and Yagna

Guru - Jupiter - Grah Puja Mantra Japa and YagnaGuru Graha (Planet Jupiter) performed on Guru Purnima is highly auspicious and rewarding. The planet Jupiter is associated with confidence and communication, knowledge, wisdom and learning. Individuals with strong Jupiter tend to be well-educated and well-to-do individuals. People with stronger Jupiter are generally thinkers, temples priests, teachers, scientists and judges having morality, self-confidence, honor, and the law. Jupiter is a planet of broader purpose, reach, and possibility.

Benefits of this puja:

  • Enhances confidence and communication
  • Helps with maximum potential, better Memory Power and to attain Wisdom

Sage Ved Vyas Puja and Yajna

Sage Ved Vyas Puja and YajnaMaharshi Vyasa Muni or Ved Vyasa is an empowered complier of the four Vedas, the Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Purana (Srimad Bhagavatam). Born in the Dwapara Yuga to Rishi Parasara and Matsyagandhi, Vyas Muni is considered as the first and greatest acharya of Sanatan Dharma. Devotees of Ved Vyasa regard him as an incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Every year Guru Purnima is celebrated on the birthday of Maharshi Vyasa.

Benefits of this puja:

  • For divine grace and blessings of Lord Vishnu and Maharshi Vyasa
  • For knowledge, wisdom, intellect and spiritual upliftment

Sage Kapila Samkhaya Pujan

Sage Kapila Samkhaya Pujan Maharishi Kapila is an incarnation of Supreme Lord Vishnu who restored the spiritual balance in the world through His teachings. Maharishi Kapila is the founder of the Samkhaya School of philosophy, which is one of the six orthodox (astika) schools of the Vedic philosophy. He also enlightened the world with Bhakti Yog an art of liberation through devotion and love for the Divine. It is because of Maharishi Kapila, Goddess Ganga descended onto the earth. He turned the sixty thousands sons of King Sagar to ashes. When King Anshuman, the grandson of King Sagar, begged Maharishi Kapila to redeem the souls of those sons, He saud that only if the Ganges descended from heaven and touched the ashes of the those sons, would they be redeemed.

Benefits of this puja:

  • Divine grace and blessing of Lord Vishnu and Maharishi Kapila
  • Knowledge, wisdom, intellect and spiritual upliftment

Guru Malas And Bracelets

Guru Malas made with Five Mukhi Rudraksha beads are very powerful spiritual items to wear on Guru Purnima. In the Shiva Purana Five Mukhi Rudraksha bead is said to be associated with Brihaspati who is ruling deity of planet Jupiter and preceptor of the gods. These highly auspicious Rudraksha malas for best for those seeking to discover their higher selves (UpaGuru). These malas also give you a relief in blood pressure and cardiac ailments and generally boosts the immunity of the wearer.

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Gemstone Idols

Idols made of gemstones are powerful tools to keep the negative energy off the place. These idols contain the energy of both, the divinity and the energy of gemstones. Meditation on the gemstone idol is the best way to attract the divine grace of the deity and energy of the mineral (gemstone). These Deity Idols crafted in 100% natural gemstones like Ruby, Jade, and Sapphire, Crystal, Tiger eye and Hessonite. With additional benefits of gemstones, these divine idols are highly efficient in elevating the power of your prayers and improving the aura with energies of harmony, fortune, bliss and optimism.

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Guru Purnima Yantra & Maha Yantras

Yantras are placed to bring positivity in and around your home or office, empower you with energy and give the desired results accordingly. These Yantras are arranged on thick metal plating with fine etching; we use high quality gold/copper or metal plating. They are energized with mantras and hence they can be used as substitutes of Mantras. Yantras can be placed at the sacred altar or used as frame in your home/work place or a living room. Highly powerful and energized Maha Yantras are designed in a very auspicious way. They are beneficial for you in various ways or can be gifted to your loved ones. Collection of Maha Yantras includes Navgraha Mahayana for attracting cosmic energies of nine planets, Shri Sarva Siddhi Maha Yantra for fulfilling of all the desires, Sampurna Mahalaxmi Maha Yantra for attracting wealth and gaining financial stability both at personal as well as professional level and more.

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Significance of wearing energized spiritual products on Guru Purnima:

Wearing spiritual items such as Rudraksha beads and natural gemstones has always been central to the Vedic culture. All the spiritualists work Rudraksha beads and the kings wore gemstones as crowns, rings or bracelets. On this auspicious day you may wear the following spiritual products that are made especially for Guru Purnima.

Yellow Sapphire

Yellow Sapphire (Pukhraj) brings the wisdom of prosperity, not only by attracting wealth and financial abundance into one's life, but in its ability to manifest one's creative energy into form through action. It Is ruled by the planet Jupiter (Guru) that is, astrologically, the most benefic planets of all. Once worn correctly on the body, it re-energizes the emotional system, encourages self-expressions with more confidence and helps you eliminate the fear of the unknown and procrastination of important tasks. In the science of Chakras, it is said that Yellow Sapphire heals Vishuddha Chakra (Throat Chakra) located at the neck near the spine which in turn enhances your communication ability, decision making and self-expression.

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Wisdom - Pendant

For: Enhancing Communication skills, Knowledge and Self Confidence.

Makes wearer bold, expressive, communicative and intelligent. This is the most powerful combination for knowledge and communication. Wearer gets powerful and melodious speech and he expands in awareness and understanding. Wearer releases timid/shy/suppressed nature and enhances his own uniqueness, creativity and self worth.

Therapeutic properties: Provides relief in Insomnia, neck/shoulder pains and sore throat.

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Greatest Charity

Vedas always mention that the Brahmins and spiritual masters must be respected and given charity as a token of appreciation. This is the highest form of charity. On this day you can also gift Rudraksha Kanthas of Gauri Shankar beads. A Gauri Shankar bead is the divine combination of Shiva and Shakti. Wearing this bead awakens the wearer's kundalini Shakti.
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Article Written by Neeta Singhal

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