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Guru Purnima Puja Vidhi and Vrat Katha - Know the Significance of Guru Purnima Festival

The summertime after full moon solstice is well known because of the full moon of the year known as Guru Purnima. This together with the darkest new moon evening known as maha Shivaratri are celebrated as two crucial days of the year.
Guru Purnima Puja Vidhi and Guru Purnima Vrat Katha
But what's the which means of the phrase guru precisely? why is that this explicit evening is known as Guru Purnima? what's the astronomical and nonsecular significance of this evening and the way can one make the very best use of it the 16th shloka of advayataraka upanishad (अद्वैतकारक उपनिषद) says gushabdastvandhakAraH syat rushabdastannirodhakaH (गु शब्दस्त्वत्वन्धरकारः शब्दांश रुशब्दस्तन्निरोधः ) and hakAranirodhitvAt gururityabhidhIyate(हकार निरोधत्वात् गुरुरित्यभिधीयते).

The meaning of this shloka is gu-shabdaH=the sound 'gu', andhakAraH syAt=represents darkness; ru-shabdaH=the sound ru; tat nirodhakaH=represents it's cessation or removal. andhakāranirodhitvāt=due to the property of removing darkness, guru iti abhidhIyate=the name guru is given.

So the word guru is used to denote something that removes darkness. It is also used as an opposite word for laghu=which means short or small. Guru is also used to denote something large, and great. So the word guru-Purnima literally means large, darkness dispelling moon! Even astronomically, it is quite literally the full moon night of the year! In order to understand why this phenomenon occurs,

we need to take a closer look at how the moon reflects the sun's radiance, and how it is impacted by the sun's northern and southern runs. Due to the earth's axial tilt, within the northern hemisphere, the duration of the day keeps increasing in the first half of the year, gradually increasing the level of Sun's rays available to the planet.

Sun's radiance reflected from the moon too keeps growing throughout the first half of year. This phenomenon, peaks on the day of the summer solstice, and then starts to gradually decrease, ushering in the winter season during the second half of the year.

This results in the first moon-night, after the longest-summer-day to be the brightest. As a consequence of this enhanced impact of the moon, the water element within the body, which is the major component of our physical constitution, and one of the aspects of mind, called manas, which is directly correlated with the moon, are in a heightened state of receptivity.

Significance of Guru Purnima

The religious significance of this day is such, that it is said, that it is on this day, that lord shiva, as Adiyogi transmitted the science of yoga to his seven disciples. It is on this day, that sage Veda Vyasa the finder of the 4 Vedas is alleged to have been born. This day holds enormous significance in Buddhist and Jain traditions as well!

With the birth of hundreds of spiritual traditions, and thousands of gurus, what is actually one of many biggest possibilities of this culture, has turned into a major problem. There are serious questions that arise today regarding the role of a guru in one's life, if such a title is really apt all, and if yes, then how does one make a distinction between who is a real guru and who is not! The answer is, it simply depends on what one is seeking in one's life, and how one is within oneself.

This is beautifully demonstrated in Srimad-Bhagavatam, where lord Dattatreya explains to king yadu, that he, in fact, has 24 different gurus, explaining how he is able to learn something unique and immensely valuable from something as simple as a moth, to something as vast as the ocean! Lord Shiva explains this very concept even more elaborately to Devi Parvati, in around 300 shlokas of Skanda-Purana, called as guru-gItA. Anybody, or anything, or any experience, that ruins the darkness of ignorance and leads one towards the brightness of clarity and knowledge, is one guru.

This is the reason, the brightest presence of the new-moon in the vast darkness of the sky, is also a perfect symbolic representation of what a guru signifies. By staying awake through this night, staying outdoors under the brightness of the full moon, and by contemplating on what one truly seeks in one's life, one can imbibe the energies of the night, and move from darkness to light, which is seen as the highest pursuit of human life.

Guru Purnima Puja Vidhi: Method Of Worship

On the day of Guru Purnima get up early within the morning and bathe and
put on clear garments after this by laying white fabric on a checkpoint in the home temple make 12-12 traces on it and make vyas peeth.
After this, chant the mantra "GuruParamparasiddhyarthaam Vyaspujan Karishye".
Then worship your Guru or his idol with Kumkum, Abir, Gulal, etc.
Offer them sweets, seasonal fruits, dry fruits, panchamrit.
If your guru is in front of you, first wash his feet, then apply tilak to him and offer flowers.
Now feed them.
After this, after giving Dakshina, touch them and leave them.

Guru Purnima Vrat Katha: Story Of Guru Purnima

According to legend, the Ved Vyas are Kalavatars as part of Lord Vishnu. His father's name was Rishi Parashar. While the mother's name was Satyavati. Sage Veda was interested in spirituality since childhood. As a result of this, he shows his desire to have a darshan from his parents and went to the forest and asked for permission to do penance, but his mother turned down the wish of Rishi Veda.

Then they stubbornly followed, after which Mata gave permission to go to the forest. At that time, Ved Vyas's mother asked him to come back when the house remembered. After this Ved Vyas went to the forest for penance and went to the forest and did hard penance. Ved Vyas attained proficiency in Sanskrit language due to its virtue Pratap. After this, he expanded the Vedas and also composed the Brahmasutra, including the Mahabharata, eighteen Mahapuranas. They are also called Badarayan. Ved Vyas has the gift of immortality. So even today Ved Vyas is present among us in some form or the other.
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