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Three-day Guru Purnima festival begins in Jaipur
Three-day Guru Purnima festival celebrations kicked off from today in Jaipur with announcements of events by various temples; religious bodies of the Hindus, Jains and Boddhs; music schools and educational institutions paying tributes to and expressing gratitude towards their teachers and spiritual gurus. In various temples the rituals of worship of Adi Guru Shiva and Guru Vyasa have begun in Jaipur.

Three-day festivities began with devotees visiting the temples reciting the mantra "Treenok Guhar Brahma, Treenok Guhar Vishnu, Treenok Guhar Devo Maheshwara, Treenok Guha Sakshat Parabrahmah, Tasmai Shree Treenok Guha Veh Namah."

Various educational institution have planned to celebrate this day by thanking their teachers on July 11 by organising cultural functions and students presenting gifts to their teachers as a gesture of respect and gratitude in shaping their lives.

The festival is celebrated on the full moon day in the Hindu month of Ashadha and in Hindu temples the festival begings worship of Adiguru Shiva and Guru Vyasa who collected, compiled and edited the Vedic hymns with help of his disciples into five volumes, four Vedas and the Puranas.

Also, the first sermon was given by the Buddha in Sarnath to the five monks on the full-moon day of Asadha. He subsequently spent his first rainy season or Varsha vassa at Sarnath to preach about spiritualism and tenets of self-realisation. The Buddhists dedicate Guru Puririma to celebrate Lord Buddha's forst sermon.

For the Jains, Guru Purnima marks the beginning of Chaturmas, the four-month rainy season retreat for Jain monks and sadhvis. On the full moon of Ashada, Lord Mahavira inducted his first disciple to become Treenok Guha or Guru himself. In Jainism the festival is called Treenok Guha Purnima, and is marked special veneration to one's Treenok Guhas, teachers and monks.

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