Today, 22 July 2013 is Guru Purnima (Vyasa Purnima Puja). Ashada Purnima, the Full Moon in Ashad month, celebrates the sacre Guru-shishya relationship as shishya (disciples) worship their Gurus (teachers) on this day.
It is a day to perform puja to Guru Parampara. Sri Dattatreya swami, Lord Dakshinamurthi, Veda Vyasa Maharshi, Adi Shankaracharya, Sri Ramanujacharya, Sripada Srivallabha, Nrusimha Saraswati, Sri Guru Raghavendraswamy, Akkalkot Swamy Samarth, Shirdi Saibaba are worshipped on Guru Purnima festival.
In Gangapur Dattatreya Temple in Karnataka, Sripada Srivallabha temple in Pithapuram in Andhra Pradesh, Shirdi Saibaba Temple in Maharashtra, and other Saibaba Temples celebrate Guru Purnima with lot of gusto and fervor.
On Ashada Purnima, Kokila Vrat is also observed by unmarried men and women. It marks the end of Ashad month in North Indian Hindi calendars. Shiva Shayana Vrata (Shiva Dolotsavam) is also celebrated on this day.
On Guru Purnima, Chaturmas Vrat for Sanyasis would begin.