Thursday, June 12, 2014

Celebration of Guru Pournima at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur

What is Guru Purnima?

The Full Moon Day in the Hindu month of Ashad (July-August) is observed as the auspicious day of Guru Purnima, a day sacred to the memory of the great sage Vyasa. All Hindus are indebted to this ancient saint who edited the four Vedas, wrote the 18 Puranas, the Mahabharata and the Srimad Bhagavata. The credit of composing the authentic treatise of Brahma-sootras to explain the background of Vedas goes to him Bhagwan Vyasa was not only believed to be been born on this day, but also to have started writing the Brahma Sutras on ashadha sudha padyami and ends on this day, hence their recitations as a dedication to him, are organised on this day, which is also known as Vyasa Purnima. Vyasa Pournima will be celebrated Grandly in Basar ( the Place of Goddess Saraswati) where Bhagwan Vyasa lived in the Gufa after Mahabharat War.

Celebration at Shri Kshetra Ganagapur
Datta Parampara has Great Importance in the Guru Parampara as Lord Dattatreya is the Guru of Gurus. As the Kshetradhipati of Sri Kshetra Ganagapur Shri Guru Narasimha Saraswati was a Sanyasi belonging to the Sringeri Shankara Parampara, the Celebration of Guru Pournima has its own Importance at Ganagapur. Vyasa Pournima is celebrated in Shri Kshetra Ganagapur by all the Priests by the way of  Performing Vyasa Pooja at 11am in the Maha Mantapam of the Temple. Devotees have the Divine Darshanam of Nirguna Paduka and also bow to Bhagwan Veda Vyasa.

Significance of Guru Purnima

The Sanskrit root "Gu" means darkness or ignorance. "Ru" denotes the remover of that darkness.Therefore one who removes darkness of our ignorance is a Guru. Only he who removes our ultimate darkness, known as Maya, and who inspires and guides us on to the path of God-realization is the true Guru (Gukaaro Andhakaarasya, Rukarasthannirodhakaha). On this day, all spiritual aspirants and devotees worship Vyasa in honor of his divine personage and all disciples perform a 'puja' of their respective spiritual preceptor or 'Gurudevs'. The Period 'Chaturmas' ("four months") begins from this day. In the past, wandering spiritual masters and their disciples used to settle down at a place to study and discourse on the Brahma Sutras composed by Vyasa, and engage themselves in Vedantic discussions.

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