Hindus show much respect to their gurus. Gurus are often regarded as Gods. The Shvetashvatara Upanishad (6/23) tells :“Yasya deve para bhaktir yatha deve tatha gurau Tasyaite kathitaa hi arthaaha prakashante mahatmanaha”
This means, Guru to be worshipped in the same manner as the deity – God, to attain all there is to attain on the path of God-realization. When we realize this then there is a need to search for someone to teach you! On this day, several programs and cultural performances are organized by spiritual organizations. Divine discourse and bhajan samarohas are also organized to make the day even more special.
In India, Guru Purnima is celebrated at various ashrams, especially with much grandeur at Sivananda Rishikesh, Rishikesh. The day is celebrated here on a grand scale with devotees coming from various parts of the country. The same is also celebrated at ashram of Satya Sai Baba at Puttaparthy, Ashram in Amritapuri and few other places of spiritual importance. Guru Purnima is also celebrated few places outside India.
This is a day for spiritual seekers who remain extremely open to their gurus to receive divine power, and for this reason holy people choose this day to shower everyone with their most auspicious divine blessings.
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