Guru Purnima is a highly auspicious day where disciples express their reverence for their “guru” or teacher, who guides them on the right path and uplifts them from the darkness of ignorance to the brilliance of knowledge. As per the Hindu calendar, Guru Purnima falls on the full moon day (Purnima) in the month of Ashadha. Gurudev Shrie Kashyap, the Chairman and Founder of the All India Institute of Occult Science and True Vastu, shares, “Guru Purnima is not just a festival; it is a sacred opportunity to express our gratitude towards the guiding light that illuminates our spiritual journey.” Let’s explore the date, day, auspicious timing (muhurat), and rituals associated with this significant day.
Guru Purnima 2023: Date, Muhurat, and Tithi
Date: July 3, 2023
Tithi: Purnima (Full Moon)
Astrological Observation: Moon will enter Sagittarius (zodiac sign) during the Vrishti Karna (Bhadra Nakshatra)
Muhurat Start Time: 8:23 pm
Muhurat End Time: 5:09 pm
Guru Purnima 2023: Puja Vidhi
Gurudev Shrie Kashyap advises observing certain rituals on the day of Guru Purnima. It begins with waking up early in the morning, taking a bath, and performing the pujas. Following this, offer flowers to the deities and present prasad (sacred offering). Chant the Guru Mantra and express gratitude to your teachers for their invaluable guidance in your life.
Significance of Guru Purnima
Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima. In Vedic culture, the guru is not merely a physical body; the guru embodies the continuous flow of prosperity and consciousness within that body. The guru enables us to experience this unique science or knowledge. As the saying goes:
“धन काया मन वचन से संत परम गुरु सेव
आरत दीन अधीन हो अनुगामी गुरु देव”
This verse emphasizes serving the supreme guru with wealth, body, mind, and speech, displaying devotion with humility and surrendering to the divine guru. Kashyap adds, “It implies that we should serve the guru not only through material wealth or resources but also through our actions, aligning our thoughts and intentions with the guru’s teachings, and speaking words that reflect our devotion and respect.”
Guru Purnima transcends religious boundaries and welcomes devotees from various cultures; it is not limited to any particular religion or belief system. It is a celebration of the enduring connection between the teacher and the student, where wisdom is imparted from the wise to the aspirant, fostering spiritual development, explains Gurudev Kashyap.
Guru Purnima is also recognized as Vyasa Purnima, and this day marks the birth anniversary of Veda Vyasa, the author of the Hindu epic Mahabharata. Buddhists also commemorate Guru Purnima to honor the day when Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh. Jains believe that on this day, Lord Mahavira became the guru to his first disciple, Gautam Swami.
Guru Purnima 2023 Rituals
Gurudev Shrie Kashyap states, “On this joyous day, followers and devotees embark on a spiritual pilgrimage and express their gratitude through a variety of ceremonies and practices. People seeking spiritual guidance from revered spiritual teachers gather to pray, perform rituals, and participate in satsangs (spiritual lectures). These events provide an opportunity to share divine knowledge and exchange profound insights, inspiring participants to expand their consciousness and strengthen their relationship with God.”