Guru Purnima, also known as Vyasa Purnima, commemorates the birth anniversary of Ved Vyasa – the author and a character in the epic Mahabharata. The day is also believed to be the day when Gautam Buddha gave his first sermon at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh. Guru Purnima is celebrated on the full moon day of the Hindu month of Ashadha, which coincides with June or July according to the Gregorian calendar. In
Guru Purnima is celebrated to pay respect to spiritual and academic gurus and teachers. The day falls during the Hindu month of Ashadha (June-July) on the full moon day i.e. Purnima. Buddhists celebrate the day in honour of Lord Buddha who gave his first oration to five monks at Sarnath in Uttar Pradesh, about five weeks after his enlightenment. Lord Buddha attained liberation by subjecting himself to severe austerities for six years.
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