Ashad Purnima, the Full Moon day in Ashad month, is also popular as Guru Purnima or Veda Vyasa Purnima in many places. In 2016, Ashada Purnima date is July 19.
On this auspicious day, Gurus (teachers) are worshipped. The authors and compilers of Vedas, Upanishats, and Ithihaas are honored as Gurus in Hindusim. Guru Puja is the main ritual of Ashada Purnima.
Ashada Pournima is celebrated with lot of gusto in temples dedicated to Lord Dattatreya, Shirdi Sai Baba, Dakshinamurthi, and Vyasa Bhagawan. The incarnations of Sri Dattatreya Bhagawan – Sri Pada Sri Vallabha and Nrusimha Saraswati are also worshipped in their temples on Guru Pournima day.
In 2015, Ashada Purnima date was July 31.
In 2014, Ashada Purnima date was July 12.
In 2013, Ashada Purnima date was July 22.
Ashad Purnima 2012 date was July 3.