When was Guru Poornima in 2016?
Guru Poornima is an Indian and Nepalese festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers. Celebrated traditionally by Hindus, Buddhists, Jains by offering their tribute to their teachers, this day falls on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Ashadha. If you are wondering when is Guru Poornima this year, then let us falls on 19th July, 2016 which is a Tuesday. In case you are staying away from your teachers, you can pay your tribute to your teachers with the help of this reliable online gifting portal. You can send online gifts to India to your teaches on this auspicious day.
Hindu Legend :
On this day the famous saint and author of The Mahabharata, Ved Vyasa was born. Thus this day is also celebrated as Vyasa Purnima. Also it is said that, Guru Poornima saw the birth of the Adi Guru, or the first Guru. The story goes that over 15,000 years ago, a yogi appeared in the upper regions of the Himalayas. Nobody knew what his origins were. But his presence was extraordinary, and people gathered. However, he exhibited no signs of life, but for the occasional tears of ecstasy that rolled down his face. People began to drift away, but seven men stayed on who went on to become the Saptarishis.
Buddhist Legend :
Before Gautama (the Buddha-to-be) attained enlightenment, he gave up his austere penances and his friends, the Pancavaggiya monks, left him and went to Isipatana (Sarnath). After attaining Enlightenment the Buddha, leaving Uruvela, travelled to the Isipatana to join and teach them. He went to them because, using his spiritual powers, he had seen that his five former companions would be able to understand Dharma quickly. He taught the monks on the full moon day of Ashadha. They were his first disciples.
Observances by Hindus :
The Hindu spiritual Gurus are revered on this day by a remembering their life and teachings. Vyasa Puja is held at various temples, where floral offerings and symbolic gifts are given away in his honour and that of the Cosmic Satguru. The festivities are usually followed by feast for the disciples, sishya, where the prasad and charanamrita which represents his grace, kripa is distributed. Irrespective of their religion, schools and colleges observe this day by arranging events, thanking their teachers and presenting gifts a gesture of gratitude. You can send gifts to India to your beloved teachers on this auspicious day through this online gifting portal.
Observances by Buddhists, Jains & Nepalese :
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Buddhists observe on this Uposatha, i.e., to observe eight precepts. They meditate on this day under the guidance of their teachers in their monasteries. According to Jain tradition, it is considered that on this Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara made Gautam Swami his first disciple, thus becoming a Guru himself. For the people in Nepal, Teacher’s Day is celebrated on this day in schools and all academic institutions.
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