Guru Purnima, Buddh Purnima and Chandra Grahan 2020: Everything you need to know about the significance of this day

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Guru Purnima and Buddh Purnima
Guru Purnima and Buddh Purnima

New Delhi : The lunar eclipse falls on the 5th of July which is tomorrow but other than that it's also the day when we will be celebrating Guru Purnima as well as Buddh Purnima. Guru Purnima is the day when all the Hindus across the globe show gratitude and commemorate their Guru's which means their teachers or mentors. Because it is a Hindu festival, it is celebrated as per the Hindu calendar according to which it happens to be on the 5th of July this year and coincided with Buddh Purnima and the lunar eclipse. This is one of the most auspicious festivals and is celebrated in the month of Ashadha which is the 3rd month as per the Hindu calendar. 

As per the Hindu culture, a guru is given a lot of importance in every person's life as they are the ones to impart knowledge and education to a child as well as enlightens them. This is the day to worship and thank all our teachers, mentors and guides in life. Historically, it is believed that on this day the son of Satyavati and Sage Parashar, Veda Vyasa was born. Sage Veda Vyasa was the one who classified the Vedas into 4 parts- Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sama Veda and Atharva Veda. He also had disciples who carried forward his legacy. 

This day is also celebrated as Buddh Purnima because it is believed that this is the day when Lord Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath after giving up his throne and kingdom and lifestyle in order to find moksha or enlightenment. Aside from this, it is believed that this is the day when Lord Shiva became the first teacher to teach the saptrishis or the seven sages, the knowledge of yoga in the disguise of Adiyogi. This is the day to celebrate our Gurus for bringing light and knowledge to our lives and showing us the right path. As per NDTV food, the Purnima Tithi starts at 11:33 am on 4th of July and ends at 10:13 am on 5th of July.