Guru Purnima Celebration in Mathura Vrindavan
Guru Purnima, the festival which celebrates the knowledge and wisdom of a Teacher! Guru Purnima is celebrated with utmost reverence in Mathura and Vrindavan. It is one of the most important festivals in the Hindu calendar. It holds the same significance as Teacher’s Day only that Guru Purnima recognizes our Spiritual Teachers/Sages as well, for they also show us the right path. They are the one who instill good values in us and contribute in our development The word ‘Guru’ is derived from two Sanskrit words ‘Gu’ and ‘Ru’! While ‘Gu’ means Darkness, Ru means removal of Darkness!
Guru Purnima: The Beginning
Guru Purnima is a very popular festival especially in Mathura and Vrindavan. They celebrate it with great enthusiasm and passion. It is said in the Hindu Scriptures that Shri Ved Vyas, the great man who has written the Vedas, Puranas and the epic, ‘Mahabharata’ used to impart spiritual education to his disciples. One of his disciples Shri Sukhdev Goswami was extremely grateful to him and decided to thank him by worshipping him and he performed a ‘Guru Puja’ for his teacher. Likewise, Shri Suta Goswami organized a ‘Guru Puja’ for his Guru, Shri Sukhdev Goswami and in this way, Guru Purnima became a tradition! And every year students make it a point to wish their Gurus on this day and thank them from the bottom of their hearts for their guidance and support!
Guru Purnima: Celebration Dates in Mathura Vrindavan
Guru Purnima is a prominent festival in Mathura Vrindavan. The people have immense respect for it celebrate it with much zeal and reverence. Mathura and Vrindavan, being the land of Shri Krishna and Radha Rani is a holy place and hundreds of saints, spiritual teachers and sages reside there in the Ashrams and Temples in Mathura and in the nearby places like Gokul and Vrindavan etc.
Mathura and Vrindavan are packed with the disciples and devotees on this day. Millions of disciples from every corner of the country descend to this town to pay their tribute to their Gurus. Many a times, the disciples also give their teachers a palanquin ride and take their Blessings. They shower them with praises, love and respect and spend time with them. The disciples and devotees also take Parikrama (round) of the Govardhan Hill. Govardhan Hill is supposed to be a form of Shri Krishna so they consider it a virtuous ritual to take Parikrama. They take Bath in the Manasi Ganga Kund to pay their respect to Govardhan and earn rewards. Guru Purnima is celebrated every year in the month of July.
Current year this festival will be celebrate on date : Sunday 9 July 2017.
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