Ashadh Jupiter Purnima is an auspicious day, celebrated as the birthday of sage Vyasa, in the Hindu month of Ashadh which falls this year on Sunday July 9, 2017, on Purnima, the full moon day. This is also known as Vyas Purnima.
It is a spiritual and devotional festival of India and Nepal celebrated by a large number of different dharma followers: Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Jain which shows harmony among religions. Devotees and disciples, music and dance practitioners (who follow guru- Shishya tradition) celebrate it with great enthusiasm. They keep fast, worship God, do rituals (Snan-daan) offer gifts, like clothes, food (Dakshina) take holy bath in the river and observe it traditionally in India and other parts of the world by paying due respect, showing gratitude and thanking to their living teachers, Gurus or mentors. They observe this Purnima in the memory of learned sage Maharshi Vyasa who edited four vedas: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samveda and Atharvaveda and eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Bhagavad Gita. The word “Gu” means darkness and “ru” means the remover of the darkness, Guru mean one who removes darkness.
Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshwara
Guru Sakshaat Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.
The Guru is Brahma, the Guru is Vishnu, the Guru is God Shiva, the Guru is verily supreme Brahma itself, salutations to the adorable Guru.
Buddhists consider it auspicious and celebrate this day as Gautama Buddha delivered his first sermon on this day at Sarnath, near Varanasi (U.P.)
For spiritual persons and Sanyasis, Chaturmas (a four months period) begins on this day.