गुरुर्ब्रह्मा गुरुर्विष्णुः गुरुर्देवो महेश्वरः।
गुरुर्साक्षात्‍ परब्रह्म तस्मै श्री गुरवेनमः॥


Guru is Brahma, Guru is Vishnu, Guru is Lord Maheshwara | Guru is the personification of the supreme power, I bow to the holy Guru in homage ||

 This Mantra signifies that a Guru is Trinity (Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh). He is the ultimate path setter. The role of a Guru has always been of significance in anyone’s life. Is rightly said that Guru personifies God on earth, since God cannot teach us everything. Guru inculcates good values and ideologies in us, thus guiding us to lead a meaningful life. The word ‘Guru’ is originated from Sanskrit language. “Gu” means darkness and “Ru” means the one who removes darkness. Thus, when joined, Guru means one who is the remover of darkness.

Guru Purnima is celebrated on full Moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu calendar month of Ashadh ( June-July). On this day, we pay our gratitude with great devotion to our teachers, mentors or Guru who has helped us to be what we are today. This tradition is prevalent since Medieval period. The best example of Guru-Shishya tradition and ultimate devotion is Eklavya, who, on the instance of his Guru (Dronacharya) cut off his thumb and offered it to him in  Guru Dakshina . There are various classic examples in Hindu Mythology.

Students greet and worship their Guru on this day. The biggest Guru Ved Vyasa is remembered on this day. He was the most knowledgeable Guru of all times. As a homage to him, Guru Purnima is also known as Vyasa Purnima. The great epic, Mahabharata was created by Ved Vyasa. The teachings we get from this epic are so very prevalent even today and we look upon Mahabharata for solutions to modern-day problems. Ved Vyasa ji also classified the Vedas into four different texts. We know them today as Rig Ved, Yajur Ved, Sam Ved and Atharva Ved. He also wrote “Shrimad Bhagwat Gita”. The wisdom and teachings in these texts are considered the biggest offerings to mankind.