| Updated On July 6th, 2020 at 12:29 pm
Guru Purnima 2020: The special thing about Guru Purnima 2020 is that it is coinciding with the Lunar Eclipse. Already Hindus across the world consider Guru Purnima to be of high importance, the coinciding of the Lunar Eclipse has made it even special. It will be celebrated on 5th July 2020 this year.
Guru Purnima is celebrated on the Full Moon Day of the month of Ashadh as per the Hindu calendar. On this day, disciples remember their gurus and the almighty for their gratitude.
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Why is Guru Purnima Celebrated?
There are a number of reasons why Guru Purnima is actually celebrated by the Hindus as well as the Buddhists.
As per the Hindus, it is the day to pray and thank the gurus or the teachers of our life. In ancient India, the education system was much different than the modern world. The students were sent to ashrams that are the houses of the teachers, where they had to stay for a couple of years and gain knowledge. It is said that this mode of education not just offered the students theoretical knowledge of different subjects but also teaching about life and the harshness of life.
Children of great kings were also sent to ashrams for completing their studies so that they can learn the ways of surviving life and can know to face the real challenges of life. There have been various evidence listed in different epics of the Hindus such as the Ramayana and the Mahabharata.
The day of Guru Purnima started with the day when the students thanked the teachers for their gratitude and their teachings. In Hindu mythology and culture, teachers are considered to be higher than the Gods also. Hence, the day is celebrated in their honor and respect.
Also, on this same day, saint Vyasa was born who was the creator of the epic The Mahabharata. Hence, in a number of places, this day is also celebrated as Vyasa Purnima.
Not just the Hindus, this is an auspicious day for the Buddhists too. It is believed that it was on this day when Lord Buddha offered his very first sermon after seeking Moksha.
How is Guru Purnima celebrated?
There is no specific way to celebrate Guru Purnima as different people celebrate it for different reasons.
The main reason for celebrating the day for both Hindus and Buddhists is to respect the gurus or the teachers and preachers. Hence, an ideal way is to start the day by remembering the soul teachers or the almighty. There are many people across the country, who go for taking a dip in the holy rivers of the country such as Ganges, Yamuna, Brahmaputra, and so on. But this year, this is going to be a bit different due to the spread of the pandemic infection coronavirus. People might refrain from going to the riversides for taking bath.
There are also many other people who start the day by worshipping the god with Mangalarti and putting up tilak on the forehead of all the family members. The tilak resembles the blessing from the spiritual gurus of the family. In Hindu culture, most of the families have some spiritual gurus who are prayed and remembered on this special day.
There are also a number of people who pray Lord Vishnu on this day with great pamper and show. Some people even arrange Satyanarayan Katha on this day as people believe that this particular Katha helps in cleansing the atmosphere of the house.
For the celebration, also a number of other arrangements are done such as people refrain from consuming tamsik food such as non-vegetarian food on this day. There are also many other people who even do not eat onions, garlic, and other food items on this day.
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Some households prepare lavish satwik food such as kheer, puri, halwa, and many others to please the gurus and also to celebrate the day along with the family. All over, this year, the most important thing is to stay safe at home to stay protected from the contagious infection of COVID 19.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1. Will Lunar Eclipse be seen in India also?
Answer: No, though Lunar Eclipse is coinciding with Guru Purnima, it will be not seen in India.
Q3. Who is worshipped on Guru Purnima?
Answer: The spiritual gurus are worshipped on Guru Purnima.
Q4. Is there any specific food item prepared on this day?
Answer: Mainly, tamsik food is avoided and many people prepare sweet dishes such as kheer.
Q5. Is Guru Purnima celebrated across the country?
Answer: Yes, all Hindus across the country and even outside the country celebrates Guru Purnima.