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Hinduism gives paramount importance to spiritual gurus. Guru is equated with God and always regarded as a link between the aspirant and the Almighty.
Sage Veda Vyasa

What is Guru Purnima?
The full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who classified the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata, the Srimad Bhagavata and Brahma Sutras.

On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personage and all disciples perform a 'puja' of their respective spiritual preceptor or 'Gurudevs'.

Significance of Guru Purnima:

This day is of deep significance to the farmers, for it heralds the setting in of the much-needed rains, as the advent of cool showers usher in fresh life in the fields. It is a good time to begin your spiritual lessons. Traditionally, spiritual seekers commence to intensify their spiritual 'sadhana' from this day.

The period 'Chaturmas' ("four months") begins from this day. In the past, wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.

Adi Shankara, Sri Ramanuja Acharya and Sri Madhvacharya are some of the noteworthy Gurus in Hinduism.

At present time Sri Ramakrishna, who is known as Guru Maharaj among his devotees and followers, is worshiped as Universal Guru all over the world. Guru Purnima is celebrated in Ramakrishna order centres in all over the world.
Below are some of the scenes seen today at Belur Math .
Sangha Guru Srimat Swami Atmasthanandaji Maharaj giving darshan to devotees

Devotees waiting for Guru Pranam

Male Devotees waiting for Guru Pranam

Devotees standing in long queue for Guru Darshan

Devotees waiting for offering pranam to Guru
Guru Purnima is also celebrated by Buddhists in the honor of Gautama Buddha to commemorate the day when Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, India.

COURTESY: hinduism.about.com, drikpanchang.com

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