Monday, July 15, 2019

Guru Purnima Tomorrow - Know the Auspicious Puja Muhurat

Commemorate the Guru Pujan ceremony before the Sutak period of Lunar eclipse. Discover the auspicious Muhurat to organize the puja rites and its religious significance.

During the full moon or Poornima of the Ashad month, Guru Purnima is celebrated all over the nation. The special tradition of worshipping the Guru or Ishta Deva has great significance on this day. As per the Gregorian calendar, this religious event occurs either during the month of July or August. In this year, i.e. in 2019, this festival will be marked on 16 July. This event or festival is relevant in multiple ways as the second lunar eclipse of this year (2019) will also occur on the same date, towards the latter part of the night. Thus, all the rites and rituals associated with Guru Poornima should be observed before the commencement of the Sutak period of the eclipse.

Guru Purnima 2019 Muhurat

Guru Purnima Muhurat for New Delhi, India 
On 16 July 2019 
Purnima Begins From 01:50:24 
On 17 July 2019 
Purnima ends at 03:10:05

Note : The time period given above is applicable for New Delhi area only. Click Here to know the Guru Purnima Muhurat for your city.

The Sutak period of the Lunar Eclipse taking place on 16 July, 2019 will begin at 3:54 PM. Thus, one should complete all the rituals before the given time period. 

Importance Of Guru Purnima 

A teacher of Guru is given the supreme importance in each and every religion. The same is also considered true for Hinduism, which is why the mentor or Guru is offered special prayers on this day and it has great eminence too. As per the religious traditions and legends, the creator of Mahabharata, the great sage Ved Vyas was born on this particular day. Thus, the festival is also known as Vyas Puja in many parts of the country. There exists a tradition of revering Sage Vyas on this day and acknowledging its significance, people worship their Guru, Ishta Devata and their respective adored Gods during this festival.

As per the Hindu Panchang, in order to worship one’s Guru or Ishta Deva and Shree Vyas ji, it is necessary for the Purnima Tithi to keep occurring until the three Muhurats after sunrise. Other than this, if the Purnima Tithi has less than three Muhurats, then Guru Poornima celebrations should be observed a day before. 

Rites and Rituals to Follow During Guru Poornima 

It is extremely important to conduct the Guru Poornima Puja according to an auspicious Muhurat. In the same vein, it is also mandatory to observe the pertinent rites and rituals so as to gain optimum blessings after its successful conduction. Let us move further to have a look at the liturgies which should be followed to appease the Lord or Guru. 

  • On the day of Guru Purnima, one should wake up early and take a bath. 
  • Wear new or clean clothes after taking a shower and pay a visit to your Guru. If it is not possible, then place the idol or picture of your Ishta Deva on a clean place. 
  • After this, place your Guru or his picture on a furnished podium and offer a floral garland to him along with fruits and other items. 
  • Later on, present him with donations according to your beliefs and seek blessings from him while worshipping him with a devoted heart and mind. 
  • On this day, it is also necessary to seek the blessings of those senior folks who grant you the valuable lessons of life. Your parents, siblings, friends or any special person can be a part of the list, which describes the people worthy of taking blessings from. 
  • Lastly, you should specifically ask for the Guru Mantra from your Guru. At the same time, reverence should also be paid to the Ishta Deva, while giving him the status of a Guru.

Mythological Significance Of Guru Purnima 

According to the sacred mythological texts of Hinduism, Guru is given a far more elevated status than the Holy Trinity i.e. Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. This is so because it is only the Guru who adorns the responsibility of bringing the light of knowledge to his disciple’s life and navigates him/her to set foot on the right path of life. In ancient times, students residing in Gurukul would pray to their teacher Guru with complete devotion. This reverence shown by the pupils becomes the teacher’s Guru Dakshina (remuneration).

The custom of performing circumambulation around the Govardhan Parvat also has quite a relevance during this festival. Apart from this, devotees also follow the ritual of taking baths in the holy rivers on the day of Guru Poornima. Joyous celebrations which include many rites and rituals are also hosted by the temples. Fairs and eateries also see in many places. Teachers or mentors are honored in vivid manners by their students in schools and other educational institutions.

Overall, it can be said that this tradition which celebrates the involvement of a Guru and his disciple has been prevalent in the Indian culture and Hinduism for quite a long period of time. This festival is marked to celebrate or to express this respect of the disciple towards the Guru.

We wish you a prosperous Guru Purnima! May you keep attaining the blessings of your Guru to lead a happy and flourishing life.

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