Guru Purnima Story and Indian Spiritual Gurus


Guru Purnima is commemorated on the full moon day (purnima) in the month of Ashadha. The word Guru is derived from two words, gu and ru. The sanskrit root gu suggests that darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. Therefore, a Guru is one who removes the darkness of ignorance. People pay respects to their spiritual mentors and teachers. It is a highly respected tradition in Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. 

The Story of Guru Purnima

In the yogic tradition, the day is celebrated as the occasion when Shiva became the first Guru, as he began the transmission of yoga to the Saptarishis. Buddhists celebrate this day in honor of the Lord Buddha who gave His first sermon at Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh, on this day.

List of Indian Spiritual Gurus

Guru Purnima  is observed to commemorate the birth of Adi Guru Vyasa. He is known as the guru of gurus. Other famous gurus in Indian mythology and tradition are Parshuram, Vashishtha, Dronacharya, Brihaspati and Shukracharya.

Guru Purnima  was revived by Mahatma Gandhi to pay tribute to his spiritual guru Shrimad Rajchandra.

Our teachers have helped us to be who we are today. They include our parents, our school and college teacher, bosses or anyone whom we look up to and go to for advice. Guru Purnima is dedicated to all the teachers around the World.  

What our teachers and gurus do for us is something that we can never pay back. We cannot ever compensate for everything that they’ve done for us. However, we sure can thank them in different ways shower them with the respect that they deserve. 

Here are some gift ideas one can use to show appreciation to their gurus

Silver Shagun Coin

A silver coin will make a great gift for any guru. They are worth more than that, but it will be a gift that will be appreciated. What better than a silver coin celebrating Kalpataru or Kalpavriksha. It is a tree that finds mention in the vedic scriptures and is part of the shilpa shastras.

Handmade Showpieces

Handmade items are very attractive to teachers. They appreciate the value of handcrafted items and things that look unique. Normal paraphernalia hardly excites them.

Dry fruits

A box of dry fruits maybe a thoughtful gift.


A diary maybe the perfect gift for your favourite teacher to help her or him to organize the day.


A thought provoking book maybe the right choice of gift that a teacher maybe waiting for.

Hand watch

A watch is the right gift for teachers because they forget the time all the while teaching and correcting assessment.

Special pen

A special pen that helps your favourite teacher remember you.



Shawls are a symbol of respect in India.

Special Handmade Thank you letter

A hand written special thank you letter will give your gift the personal touch that is so important in any relationship.