Ashadh Jupiter Purnima is an auspicious day, celebrated as the birthday of sage Vyasa in India and Nepal. This sacred Ashadh Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima or Guru Purnima.
The auspicious Tithi for Guru Purnima 2019
This sacred Guru Purnima or Ashadhi falls on Tithi Purnima or Puranmasi in the month Ashadh, every year.
It is considered extremely significant for paying respect to teachers, chanting Mantra, Puja, Snan-Daan.
The date, Shubh Muhurat/ Vyasa Purnima or Ashadh Guru Purnima 2019/ Puja
Puja for Ashadh Purnima/ Ashadha Guru Purnima or Sri Satya Narayan Vrat is observed on Tuesday, 16 July 2019 this year.
Partial Lunar eclipse occurs on the same date, in Dhanu Rashi on Kark Sankranti. Sutak begins at 4:31 PM (evening) on 16 July, Puja Muhurat ends at 4:30 PM(IST).
Lunar Eclipse will begin in India on the night of 17 July at 12:12 AM (IST). It will enter Umbra at 1:31 AM, IST. Lunar Eclipse ends at 4:30 (total 3 hours), leaves penumbra at 5:49 AM.
Shubh Muhurat (best time) for Guru Purnima 2019 Puja begins on Purnima Tithi.
Purnima Tithi begins at 3:18 AM on Tuesday, 16 July 2019, remains till 4:37 AM, IST on 17 July 2019.
Note: Puja should be performed before 4:30 PM on 16 July, before Sutak begins for Chandra Grahan 2019.
Vishti (Bhadra) begins on Tuesday, at 3:18 AM on 16 July, ends at 03:55 PM (IST)on 16 July, 2019.
Significance of Guru Purnima/ Vyasa Purnima:
It is a spiritual and devotional festival of India and Nepal. Ashadha Guru Purnima is a national holiday in Nepal. This festival signifies the relationship between Shishya(disciples) and Guru (academic or spiritual teacher).
A large number of different dharma followers celebrate it with great enthusiasm and devotion: Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jain which shows harmony among all these religions.
Devotees, disciples, music and dance practitioners (who follow guru-Shishya tradition) celebrate this festival with great pleasure and pay due respect to their Guru (teacher).
People keep fast, worship God and Guru (teacher), do rituals (Snan-Daan) offer gifts, like clothes(Vastra), food (Anna) or Dakshina to Guru or Pundit.
Devotees take holy bath in the river and observe it traditionally in India, Nepal and other parts of the world by paying due respect, showing gratitude and thanking their living teachers, Gurus or mentors.
People observe this sacred Tithi Ashadh Purnima in the memory of learned sage Maharshi Vyasa who edited four Vedas: Rigveda, Yajurveda, Samaveda and Atharvaveda, and eighteen Puranas, the Mahabharata and the holy book Bhagavad Gita.
This Purnima is also known as Guru Purnima. The word “Gu” means darkness and “Ru” means the remover of the darkness, Guru mean one who removes darkness to show light.
Chant Guru Mantra on Guru Purnima to seek blessings from Guru:
Gurur Brahmaa Gurur Vishnu
Gurur Devo Maheshwara
Guru Sakshaat Parabrahma
Tasmai Shri Gurave Namah.
Explanation of the Guru Mantra
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.