The word ‘Guru’ comes from Sanskrit and can be literally translated as ‘dispeller of darkness.’ The role of a ‘Guru’ or teacher in one’s life is invaluable. Although teachers deserve recognition every day, when it comes to special occasions like Teacher’s Day, they often encourage us to be good human beings and to always act with kindness and empathy.

There are various days dedicated to celebrating teachers, and Guru Purnima stands out as an especially auspicious day to honor both spiritual and academic teachers in our lives.

Keep reading along with Wego to learn more about Vyasa Purnima or Guru Purnima and how it is celebrated in India. 

Guru Purnima 2025 dates & timings

Guru Purnima, observed on the day of the Full Moon in the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha, is a significant celebration for Hindus, Jains, and Buddhists in India, Nepal, and Bhutan. Despite its importance, it is typically not marked as a public holiday.

In 2025, the Full Moon in the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha coincides with the Gregorian month of July. Guru Purnima is expected to fall on Thursday, 10 July 2025. The auspicious lunar hour starts at 1:36 AM on 10 July and ends at 2:06 AM on 11 July.

For the year 2024, Guru Purnima is slated to be held on Sunday, 21 July 2024. Please refer to our dedicated Guru Purnima 2024 article for more information.

Guru Purnima 2024: When and How to Celebrate?

 

Guru Purnima 2025 significance

Every religion has its dedication to spiritual teachers who have paved the way for them to be. These are three common interpretations of Guru Purnima. 

Hinduism

Guru Purnima, also known as Vyasa Purnima, commemorates the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa, the author of the Hindu epic Mahabharata.

Veda Vyasa is revered for compiling the Vedic hymns of his time, which laid the foundation for the many Puranas known today. He divided the Vedas into four parts—Rig, Yajur, Sama, and Atharva—based on their characteristics and usage in Hindu rites, earning him the honorific title “Vyasa,” which means “to edit” or “to divide.”

Veda Vyasa was also a renowned teacher. According to Hindu tradition, Guru Purnima marks his birthday by celebrating his contributions to the foundation of Hindu sacred lore.

Hinduism has seen many noteworthy religious and spiritual teachers, including Adi Shankara, Sri Ramanuja Acharya, Sri Madhvacharya, and in modern times, Sadhguru.

Buddhism

Buddhists celebrate Guru Purnima to honor the teachings of Gautama Buddha. On this day, Buddha is said to have delivered his first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, after achieving enlightenment.

Lord Buddha is considered one of the greatest philosophers, spiritual thinkers, and teachers. His first sermon, given to five disciples, is known as the Dhammacakkappavattana Sutta, or “Setting in Motion the Wheel of Dhamma.”

This Sutta contains the Four Noble Truths, which form the core philosophy and main pillars of Buddhism. Therefore, Ashadha Purnima, the Full Moon in the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha, holds special significance in Buddhism

Jainism

According to Jain traditions, Guru Purnima is known as Treenok Guha Purnima. On this day, people usually pay their respects to their teachers.

It is believed that on the Full Moon day of the Hindu lunar month of Ashadha, Gautama Swami—the foremost disciple of Mahavira, the 24th Tirthankara of the present age—became a Treenok Guha. In Jainism, a Tirthankara is a spiritual teacher who guides others on the righteous path or dharma.

How is Guru Purnima celebrated in India?

Irrespective of religion, people in India celebrate Guru Purnima to honor their gurus or teachers.

Traditionally, this celebration is marked by spiritual activities and may include ritualistic events such as students worshipping their spiritual teachers, known as guru puja.

In modern times, academics and scholars also observe this day by expressing gratitude and celebrating the teachers who have influenced their lives at any point.

 

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