Guru Purnima is a day in an Indian spiritual tradition dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers, who are evolved for enlightening humans, ready to share their wisdom, with very little or no monetary expectation, based on Karma Yoga.Guru purnima, also known as Vyasa Purnima.
It is celebrated as a festival in Nepal,India and other countries by the Hindus,Buddhists and jains.
This festival is traditionally observed by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains to revere their chosen spiritual teachers and express their gratitude.
The festival is celebrated on the full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindi month of Ashadha (June–July) as it is known in the Hindu calendar of India and Nepal.
This day marks the first peak of the lunar cycle after the peak of the solar cycle.
The word Guru is combination of two words, gu and ru.
In Sanskrit gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of darkness.
Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance.
In the yogic tradition,the day is celebrated as the occasion when Lord Shiva became the first Guru after he began the transmission of yoga to the Saptarishis.
The festival is celebrated by Buddhists in remembrance of Lord Buddha, who gave his first sermon on this day to Saptarishis (seven sages) at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh.