Vyas Puja 2024: The Importance and Story of Vyas Purnima

Vyas Puja 2024: The Importance and Story of Vyas Purnima

Vyasa Puja is performed on the Purnima of the month of Ashadha. This day is dedicated to Maharishi Ved Vyas and is celebrated as his birth anniversary. On this day, disciples worship and express their gratitude for their gurus. During this puja, three groups of Acharyas i.e. Krishna Panchakam, Vyasa Panchakam, and Shankaracharya Panchakam are worshipped and in each of these three groups, there are five different Acharyas. Since Ved Vyasa was born on this day, Vyas Puja is also known as Vyas Purnima.

Vyas Puja 2024 Date And Time

Vyasa Purnima Sunday, July 21, 2024
Vyasa Purnima Begins05:59 PM on Jul 20, 2024
Vyasa Purnima Begins03:46 PM on Jul 21, 2024

Significance of Vyas Puja on the Vyas Purnima

Maharishi Vyas was the very first preacher of the Vedas and the author of the epic Mahabharata, which is why he was named Ved Vyas. He is regarded as the first Guru in the history of humankind and the one who imparted the knowledge and understanding of Vedas to the people. Therefore, in order to acknowledge his greatness and contribution to the world, the day of Ashadh Purnima is dedicated to him and also celebrated as Guru Purnima.

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The Vyas Purnima is of great importance in the Hindu religion. It reminds us of the importance of having a Guru in our lives and helps us walk on the right path under the guidance of our Gurus. In the Hindu verses, it is believed and explained that a person can attain salvation only under the guidance of his Guru, and only a teacher or guru can show one the path of truth and salvation.

According to the popular Sanskrit Shlok,
“Guru Brahma Guru Vishnu, Guru Dev Maheshwarah,
Guru Sakshat Param Brahma, Tasmai Sri Guruvay Namah.”
A teacher holds great importance in a person’s life.
The Shlok literally translates to:
“Guru is Brahma – the Creator, Guru is Vishnu – the Preserver, Guru is Maheshwara – Destroyer.
“Guru is the absolute Lord himself, hence everyone should worship him.”

The Rituals of Vyasa Puja

According to the age-old Hindu tradition, praying to your Gurus and expressing your gratitude for them on the day of Vyas Puja is very auspicious and beneficial for you. However, there are a few other rituals that you need to perform on this fortunate day to obtain the blessings of the Lords. Therefore, we have brought you the steps and rituals required to perform the Vyasa Puja at your home.

  • Wake up early in the morning and clean the house properly.
  • Take a bath and ensure that you put on clean clothes.
  • After you are ready, make the Vyasapeeth by putting a clean white cloth on the floor and then drawing twelve lines on it with Ashtagandha powder.
  • Ensure that those sacred lines are formed in such a way that they go from north to south and east to west.
  • Then take a vow to fast for the day as you chant “Guruparampara Siddhartha Vyasa Poojam Karisheyasya”.
  • On the seat of Vyasa, pray to Lord Brahma, Paratparashakti, Vyasa, Shukdev, Gaudapada, Govindaswamy Ji, and Guru Shankaracharya.
  • Now do Shodashopachar Puja of 16 Padhartha (matter).
  • After getting done with all of the above rituals, worship your parents and the Dikshagurus.
  • Last but not the least, on this auspicious day, it is best to read Vedas and other scriptures written by Ved Vyas and imbibe his teachings

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Birth Story of Veda Vyasa

According to Hindu scriptures, Maharishi Ved Vyas was born 3000 years ago on the auspicious day of Ashadha Purnima. He was the son of Maharishi Parashara and Devi Satyavati, the great-grandmother of the Kauravas and Pandavas. Maharishi Ved Vyas’s birth name was Krishna Dvaipayana Vyas and it is believed that he was the greatest sage and scholar of his time.

One day, Sage Parashara was in a great hurry to reach somewhere to perform a Yagya when he came across the river Yamuna. He looked around for a way to cross the river and found a person on a boat. He requested the person to drop him across the river. As he boarded the boat, he realised that it was a woman who was rowing the boat and that her name was Satyavati.

He was fascinated by her beauty and shrouded the entire area around the boat in fog and created an artificial island with his powers, to make sure that nobody could see them. The Sage proposed that they make love. When they were done, Sage Parashar told the young woman, Satyavati, that as soon as he leaves, a boy will be born who would become the greatest Guru and enlighten the world with the knowledge of the Vedas.

He also blessed her that she would remain a virgin even after the birth of their son. He took all the foul smell of fish coming from her body and gave her the everlasting sweet fragrance of musk.

After that Satyavati gave birth to a child, and the child grew up to be Ved Vyas. He told his mother that she had done her part in fulfilling the divine purpose by giving birth to him and there was nothing more to do for him and promised her that whenever she would need him, he would be there.

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Ved Vyas gave heir to Hastinapur

Satyavati got married to King Shantanu and had two sons named Vichitravirya and Chitrangada. Shantanu’s death and Bhishma’s oath to not take up the throne of Hastinapur led to the coronation of her sons. Satyavati became the queen of the kingdom and her sons got married, while Bhishma accepted Brahmacharya and continued to follow the path of celibacy. Hastinapur flourished and prospered under the authority of Vichitravirya but unfortunately, both Vichitravirya and Chitrangada died early without leaving an heir behind to take care of the throne.

The empty throne was like an invitation for other kingdoms to attack and usurp the kingdom of Hastinapur. To get out of such a dire situation, Satyavati thought of her son Vyas and called for him to help her. Vyas gave birth to Vidura, Dhritarashtra, and Pandu, who grew up to be the future kings of Hastinapur, while Vidura became a shrewd scholar and the minister of the kingdom.

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Veda Vyasa composed the Mahabharata

Vyasa who is also known as Ved Vyasa is the author of the world’s largest epic, the Mahabharata as well as the ancient Hindu Vedas and Puranas. He was not only the author of the great Hindu epic but also one of the most important characters and a famous mythological figure.


Now that you know all about the Vyas Puja, we hope you can perform the puja on the day of the Vyas Purnima in the month of Ashadha and obtain the blessings of your Gurus. We wish you all the best and hope this day brings you joy, happiness, and prosperity.

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