Guru Purnima is a significant festival in Hinduism celebrated on the full moon day of the Ashada month according to the Hindu calendar. It is believed that receiving blessings from gurus on this day brings happiness and prosperity in life. This day is also known as Vyas Purnima as Maharishi Ved Vyas, who composed the Mahabharata, was born on this day. However, some people are confused about the date of the festival.
A multitude of celebrations and religious ceremonies took place in Sangam City to honor Guru Purnima. The events comprised Nagarsankirtan, Omkaram, bhajans, and communal feasts. The residents also participated in a sacred bathing ritual in the Ganga.
Sangam City, a holy city of Prayagraj in Uttar Pradesh, observed a plethora of festivities and religious programs to pay homage to Guru Purnima on Monday. This significant day was commemorated in various mutts across the city, as well as educational institutions.
Under the auspices of Sri Satya Sai Seva Samiti of Prayagraj, the inhabitants of Maheshpura village in Bahadurpur block enthusiastically engaged in Nagarsankirtan and Omkaram. Accompanied by samiti members from the city, both young children and elderly individuals participated in Omkaram, followed by the rendition of diverse bhajans dedicated to Lord Ganesh, Guru, Krishna, Devi, and Lord Hanuman. The air resonated with the rhythmic beats of Dhol, Manjira, Jhanj, and Kartal.
This event marked a historic moment for the samiti, as it was the first time in its 50-year history that Nagarsankirtan was organized in a village adopted by the samiti.
Guru Purnima was also observed at the Baghambari Gaddi mutt in Allahpur, where devotees and disciples expressed their gratitude towards their guru (teacher) and the mutt’s head, Mahant Balveer Giri.
The mutt’s head personally met and blessed all the disciples, including those who had traveled from outside. A special puja ceremony was conducted at the mutt, followed by the distribution of prasad.
Similarly, at Tikar Mafi Ashram in Jhunsi, the followers of Swami Hari Chaitanya Bhramchari, under his guidance, pledged to work diligently and honestly for the betterment of society, ultimately contributing to the overall progress of the nation.
In numerous areas of the holy city, bhandaras (community feasts) were organized to celebrate the occasion. One such bhandara took place at the Sai Temple near the AG Office.
Furthermore, a considerable number of local residents flocked to the banks of the Ganga and Sangam to immerse themselves in the holy waters.