A great message for observing communal harmony, Guru Purnima is celebrated by almost all the religious community including Hindus, Buddhists, Sikhs and Jains. Guru holds the most significant place in one's life, and this day is celebrated to honor the academic and spiritual gurus in all religions. In Indian culture, disciples worship their spiritual or academic guides on this day. Traditionally, the Buddhists celebrate Guru Purnima to pay respect to lord Budhha, and the Hindus worship the great sage Maharishi Ved Vyasa on this sacred day. Guru Purnima is also significant to farmers as the festival marks the arrival of rains in major states of India every year.
Different cultures have different history associated with this festival. The Hindus believe that Maharishi Ved Vyas was born on this day while yogic culture says that, Adiguru-the first of the seven sages, was born on this day in the Himalayas. Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day in Ashadh (June to July), according to the Hindu calendar. Disciples eagerly wait for the day to pay gratitude to the gurus to receive their valuable blessings. This festival celebrates the sacred bond between the disciple and the guru.
The morning of Guru Purnima starts with the washing the footwear mark of gurus. Various programs are conducted by religious organization on the occasion of Guru Purnima. Guru Purnima is considered to be the best time when disciples can take new resolutions for stepping into a spiritual world. Gifts and sweets are offered to gurus, some disciples also fast on this day in honor of their spiritual teachers. "Satsang" and "Pooja" are organized, and sages are fed after worshipping. Disciples also sing bhajans in respect of their gurus.