The celebration is marked by ritualistic respect to Guru Puja. The Guru Principle is said to be a thousand times more active on the day of Guru Purnima than on any other day.
The word Guru is derived from two words, ‘gu’ and ‘ru’. The Sanskrit root ‘gu’ means darkness or ignorance, and ‘ru’ denotes the remover of that darkness.
Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness of our ignorance. Gurus are believed by many to be the most necessary part of life. On this day, disciples offer puja (worship) or pay respect to their Guru (spiritual guide).
In addition to having religious importance, this festival has great importance for Indian academics and scholars. Hindus celebrate this day by thanking their teachers as well as remembering past teachers and scholars.