Guru Purnima, also known as Ved Vyas Purnima or Vyasa Poornima, is an auspicious day in Ashad month. In 2016, Guru Purnima date is July 19.
Guru Purnima falls on Ashad Purnima, Full Moon in Ashad month (June – July). This is also popular as Maha Ashadi. It is believed that on Ashad Purnima day, Sage Veda Vyasa completed writing, editing, and compiling the Chaturvedas (Four Vedas). Veda Vyasa Maharshi is known as the author of four Vedas, Astadasha Puranas (18 Puranas) and the Mahabharat ithihaas.
Veda Vyasa is known as the first Guru in Hinduism, since Ashad Purnima is referred to as Guru Purnima. Sage Veda Vyasa along with Guru Parampara, and Lord Sri Krishna are offered special pujas on this Full Moon.
Lord Shirdi Sai Baba is also worshipped with special pujas on Guru Purnima. It is also a special day in Lord Dattatreya temples. Lord Shiridi Saibaba said that Guru Purnima is the compulsory festival that his devotees should celebrate.
Guru Purnima dates in other countries..
Guru Purnima 2016 date in USA – As per Hawaii, PST, CST, EST, and MST – July 19
Guru Purnima 2016 date in UK and other parts of Europe – July 19
Guru Purnima 2016 date in UAE and other parts of Gulf countries – July 19
Guru Purnima 2016 date in Australia – July 19
Guru Purnima 2016 date in New Zealand – July 19
Guru Purnima 2016 date in Singapore – July 19
Guru Purnima 2016 date in Malaysia – July 19