Ashadha Purnima 2024: The Significance and History of Guru Purnima.

Ashadha Purnima 2024: The Significance and History of Guru Purnima.

The full moon day that occurs in the Hindu month of Ashadha is known as Ashadha Purnima. On this auspicious occasion, people worship Lord Vishnu and observe the Gopadam Vrat in his name. Ashadha Purnima is also known as Guru Purnima, which is a festival celebrated to honor the teachers in our lives. Now that we have a basic understanding of the day, let us look at the Ashadha Purnima date in 2024

Ashadha Purnima Muhurat in 2024

Event Muhurat
Ashadha Purnima 2024 21 July 2024 Sunday

Significance of Ashadha Purnima

According to the Lunisolar calendar or the Purnima Panchang, each month is named on the basis of the constellation in which the Moon is placed on the day of the respective Purnima. It is believed that in the month of Ashadha, particularly on the full moon day, the Moon takes its place in the Purvashada or Uttarashada Nakshatra. When the moon falls in this constellation on the day of the Purnima, it is considered to be a very auspicious and fortunate day for those seeking prosperity and wealth.

Ashadha Purnima also involves the devotees observing the Gopadam Vrat and worshiping Lord Krishna. It is said that Gopdam Vrat (fasting) is very abundant, fruitful and bestows all kinds of blessings and pleasures on the person keeping the fast.

Why Ashadha Purnima is also known as Guru Purnima

Ashadha Purnima is also known as Guru Purnima, a day celebrated in an attempt to pay gratitude to our teachers and gurus. Teachers have always been considered similar to God in the Hindu culture, which is why the day holds great significance in the Hindu and Buddhist cultures.

Guru Purnima is also celebrated as the birthday of Ved Vyas, who was one of the greatest sages in the history of the Hindu Religion. Rishi Ved Vyas is also credited with writing some of the most important Hindu scriptures of all time, such as the Puranas, the Mahabharata, and the Vedas. Almost all the holy books of Hinduism tell the importance of Gurus and the extraordinary bond between a Guru (Teacher) and his Shishya (Student). An ancient Sanskrit phrase ‘Mata Pitah Guru Daivam’ says this most appropriately. The phrase means that in every person’s life, the first place is for their mother, the second place is for their father, the third is for their Guru and the fourth place is for God. Therefore, teachers have been given a higher place than Gods in Hindu culture.

History of the Guru Purnima

According to the Hindu religious scriptures, the greatest saint in the history of the Hindu Religion, Rishi Ved Vyas was born on the day of the Ashadha Purnima. And that is why the festival of Guru Purnima is dedicated to him.
Guru Purnima also represents the day on which Lord Shiva, in the form of Adi-Guru or Muul Guru taught the seven saints of the Vedas.
Impressed by the seven sages’ persistence to learn, Lord Shiva bestowed them the knowledge and skills that he wanted to pass down to humanity including yoga, tantra, music, arts, and the shastras. The seven sages acquired the knowledge gracefully and came to be known as the Sapta-rishis or the Seven Powerful Saints.

The Rituals of the Ashadha Purnima

Guru Purnima is celebrated as a day to honor the teachers in our lives, since Hinduism is a combination of different Indian cultures and traditions with diverse roots, there are many different ways to celebrate this auspicious day of Guru Purnima.

Here are some of the ways how you can celebrate Guru Purnima :

  • Wake up early in the morning and take a bath in order to cleanse yourself 
  • After taking a bath, wear clean clothes. 
  • Take a vow to fast all day long. 
  • Recite mantras and listen to the Satyanarayan Katha and bhajans 
  • Worship Lord Vishnu by offering flowers, tilak, and incense sticks to fill the surrounding with positivity.
  • Those who are observing the Gopadam Vrat must worship and feed the cows in order to obtain their blessings. 
  • As per Hindu belief, devotees should wear yellow clothes on this day and donate wheat, rice, and other food items to charity. It is believed that donating to charity is very auspicious on this day. 
  • You can also offer prayers in the honor of your Gurus (Teachers) by performing the below-mentioned Aarti for your Gurus. 

jay gurudev amal avinaashee, gyaanaroop antar ke vaasee,

pag pag par dete prakaash, jaise kiranen dinakar kee.

aaratee karoon guruvar kee.

jab se sharan tumhaaree aae, amrt se meethe phal pae,

sharan tumhaaree kya hai chhaaya, kalpavrksh taruvar kee.

aaratee karoon guruvar kee.

brahmagyaan ke poorn prakaashak, yogagyaan ke atal pravartak.

jay guru charan-saroj mita dee, vyatha hamaare ur kee.

aaratee karoon guruvar kee.

andhakaar se hamen nikaala, dikhalaaya hai amar ujaala,

kab se jaane chhaan rahe the, khaak suno dar-dar kee.

aaratee karoon guruvar kee.

sanshay mita vivek karaaya, bhavasaagar se paar langhaaya,

amar pradeep jalaakar kar dee, nisha door is tan kee.

aaratee karoon guruvar kee.

  • Take this auspicious day as a sacred opportunity to dedicate yourself to following your guru’s principles and teachings and putting them into practice.


In conclusion, we’re sure that you can agree that the Ashada Purnima is one of the most auspicious days of the year. Following the right rituals on this auspicious day can help you bring positivity, prosperity, and happiness to your home. We hope you understand the significance of this auspicious day, and if you wish to learn more about the various fasting methods and rituals to follow on this day, click here.