Guru Purnima

The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadh (July-August time) is observed as Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Maharshi Ved Vyasa.

Sage Ved Vyasa was born to Sage Parashara and Satyawati. He is the original Guru of the Hindus, as he edited the four Vedas, and wrote the 18 Puranas, the scripture Shrimad Bhawat, and the epic story of the Mahabharata.

Many Hindus observe Guru Purnima by visiting the temple to seek their Guru’s blessings. Those who have a living Guru (spiritual master) will try to visit them in person to seek their blessings and offer flowers, fruit and Dakshina (monetary gifts) to thank them for all the knowledge and wisdom they have gained through the previous year. It is customary to worship the feet of the Guru, as a matter of deep respect, and to help the seeker to follow in the Guru’s footsteps, in order to attain spiritual perfection.

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