Summon Your Spiritual Leader And Attain Enlighten Through Guru Puja
About puja

A notable Indian festival devoted to academic and spiritual teachers is Guru Puja. Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains traditionally celebrate this commemoration. By performing this puja, devotees pay respect and express gratitude to their teachers. Committed believers state that the rituals are about not only fruits, coconuts, and flowers. It is essentially a subtle process of summoning and inviting the Divine. There lies a fundamental difference between rituals and meditation. While meditation is an exclusive aspect, rituals require group participation. Significant requirements for performing Guru Puja are complete involvement, inclusiveness, and integrity. This puja is not a ceremony of thanksgiving. It entails certain methods for invoking the Guru or teacher.

Importance of the Puja

Guru Principle is considerably more active on the eve of Guru Purnima when compared to other days. This day holds an immense benefit in regards to performing seva or service along with tyaag. Sacrificing wealth, mind, intellect, and ego will benefit you immensely. Offering yourself in search of the Absolute Truth defines the occasion of Guru Purnima and rituals of the puja. It offers you a unique and exceptional opportunity for obtaining God’s grace. An age-old Hindu tradition is that of Guru and Shishya or teacher and disciple. However, this venerable tradition faced immense neglect during the predominant culture of Raja and tama. On the eve of Guru Puja, you can worship your teacher and learn about the greatness of Guru-Shishya custom.

Days and method of worship

The revered Puja is celebrated in the Hindu month of Ashadh i.e. June to August. Priests and devotees conduct this puja on a full moon day. Every disciple is indebted to the renowned sage Maharshi Veda Vyasa. This great saint is remembered for editing the four Veda. He wrote the Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavatam, and the eighteen Puranas. Vyasa is known to have taught Dattatreya, who is considered the epitome of every Guru. Devotees, on this day, perform Padya Puja, which is a ritualistic worship of the Guru’s Holy Feet. Disciples then have to make an offering that is theGurudakshina, for expressing gratitude.

Items/samagri required

Dedicated disciples state that in the Guru’s presence, you can experience intense emotions like peace and freedom from worries. After conducting the rituals, you can experience the complete bliss that is acquired by the Guru’s grace. For performing Guru Puja, you need a well-stocked supply of Puja samagri.

  1. Raised platform or Chowrang where you will perform the rituals
  2. One piece of clean cloth for covering the Chowrang
  3. New handkerchief, preferably of white color
  4. Unbroken and uncooked rice grains, of which Basmati will be a suitable choice
  5. Chandan or sandalwood paste
  6. Camphor pieces
  7. Two agarbattis or incense sticks
  8. Ghee or oil lamps
  9. One coconut
  10. Five varied types of fruits and if you include banana in the list, then consider two bananas joint at the stem as one.
  11. Five fresh and clean paan or betel nut leaves
  12. One supari or betel nut
  13. Flower garlands for adorning the Guru’s photograph
  14. Sweets for distributing as Prasad
  15. Matchstick box

 

Puja vidhi/how to do

Guru Puja is often celebrated as Vyas Purnima, as well. Disciples celebrate this ritual on Ashadh Sud Poonam. Guru is essentially a Sanskrit term where the word ‘gu’ means ignorance or darkness. The term ‘ru’ stands for the remover of the darkness. Hence, Gurus are, in essence, remover of darkness that is in the form of ignorance. Teachers help you in overcoming Maya and guide you on the path of comprehending the grace and presence of Bhagwan or God. Devotees sing praises of their Gurus while performing the Puja. Specific conversations from the Shrimad Bhagavata elaborate a particular conversation regarding the need of Gurus. It states that you cannot attain knowledge of Parmatma and atma by performing sacrifices, penance, Vedic studies, renunciation. You cannot attain God’s grace by worshipping deities of fire or sun and water. However, when the dust from a true God realized Guru or Satpurush’s feet sprinkles on your head, only then can you attain knowledge.

  1. It is possible to attain moksha only after whole-heartedly serving and obeying the Guru’s commands. Gurus will remind aspirants about the ultimate goal in life. It will motivate you to advance on the spiritual path.
  2. Vyasa Pujas are celebrated in numerous places where disciples chant various mantras and incantations for venerating the Guru. You can offer gifts and flowers as tokens. Charnamrita and Prasad are distributed among other disciples. The whole day is dedicated to recitation of hymns and devotional songs.
  3. Followers recite Guru Gita, which is the Holy Text, in the Guru’s remembrance. This is followed by worshipping of sage’s sandals which is also known as the Pada Puja. Disciples gather in various ashrams that are the seat of revered gurus. Principles and teachings of gurus are recited in these ashrams.
  4. An interesting fact is that Guru Puja is also dedicated to fellow disciples or Guru Bhai. Devotees perform hymns and incantations for expressing solidarity towards other disciples in the spiritual journey.
  5. Devotees spend the entire day on introspecting and comprehending the spiritual journey. As a beginner, you can embark on your spiritual journey, on this day. It is termed as ‘diksha’.
  6. On this eve, Buddhists observe Gautam Buddha’s eight teachings and this ritual is predominantly known as Uposatha.
  7. As a disciple, you can observe fast on this day, to show your gratitude and respect, for your Guru.
  8. During the Ashadh month, Brahmins and Kshatriyas bathe in early morning. It is important to bathe using clean soil along with til, kush, cow dung and medicinal herbs mixed in water.
  9. Chanting Vedic mantras is necessary while bathing in rivers or springs. After this, devotees offer Tapan to Gurus and Rishis and put on new, clean garments. While performing these rituals, disciples continue chanting Gayatri Mantra. Purohits then tie sacred threads or rakhis around the wrists of followers.
Mantra

Shlokas in Devnagari Script

अखण्डमण्डलाकारंव्याप्तंयेनचराचरम्

तत्पदंदर्शितंयेनतस्मैश्रीगुरवेनमः

अज्ञानतिमिरान्धस्यज्ञानाञ्जनशलाकया

चक्षुरुन्मीलितंयेनतस्मैश्रीगुरवेनम

गुरुर्ब्रह्मागुरुर्विष्णुःगुरुर्देवोमहेश्वरः

गुरुरेवपरंब्रह्मतस्मैश्रीगुरवेनमः

स्थावरंजंगमंव्याप्तंयत्किंचित्सचराचरम्

त्पदंदर्शितंयेनतस्मैश्रीगुरवेनमः

Mantras in English

Akhandamandalaakaaran vyaaptan yena charaacharam

Tatpadan darshitan yena tasmai shriigurave namah

Adnyaanatimiraandhasya dnyaanaajnjanashalaakayaa

Guru Brahma gururvishnuh Gurudeva maheshvarah

Gurudeva Paran Brahma tasmai shriigurave namah

Sthaavaran jangaman vyaaptan yatkinchitsacharaacharam

Tatpadan darshitan yena tasmai shriigurave namah

 

Benefits

Guru Puja is more than a mere ritual. It is essentially a practice for believers who want to achieve enlightenment. Conducting Guru Puja helps in forming greater connection and bond with spiritual leaders.

  1. It is believed that by performing Guru Puja, prayers will certainly and directly reach the Mahaguru.
  2. Blessings from your Guru will help in evading ignorance and darkness from your life.
  3. This day is considered important for farmers. Wholehearted worshipping can result in optimal rainfall and harvest for farmers.

Reciting the incantations

Devotees, especially Brahmins, recite chants and hymns for invoking their respected Gurus and spiritual leaders. It helps in strengthening the spiritual bond and leads to enlightenment.