- Title: Devotees in India take holy dip to mark festival dedicated to teachers
- Date: 5th July 2020
- Summary: VARANASI, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (JULY 05, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) VIEW OF HOLY GANGES RIVER VARIOUS OF DEVOTEE PERFORMING RITUAL DEVOTEES TAKING HOLY DIPS VARIOUS OF DEVOTEES PERFORMING RITUAL POLICEMEN STANDING (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) PRIEST, DAYANIDHI SHASTRI, SAYING: "It is 'Guru Purnima' today and we offer prayers to our 'gurus' (teachers) and they are worshipped." PRAYAGRAJ, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA (JULY 05, 2020) (ANI - NO USE INDIA) DEVOTEE PERFORMING RITUAL DEVOTEES OFFERING PRAYERS DEVOTEES STANDING IN 'SANGAM'- CONFLUENCE OF HOLY GANGES, YAMUNA, AND MYSTICAL SARASWATI RIVERS DEVOTEES TAKING HOLY DIPS AS OTHERS STAND IN RIVER DEVOTEES OFFERING PRAYERS AT THE RIVER BANK MAN RUBBING FOREHEAD OF DEVOTEE PEOPLE WALKING (SOUNDBITE) (Hindi) DEVOTEE, SURENDRA NATH MISHRA, SAYING: "Today is 'Guru Purnima' and on this occasion we have come to take bath in Ganges River and whatever will be possible that is we will donate." DEVOTEES IN RIVER
- Embargoed: 19th July 2020 07:57
- Keywords: Ganges River Guru Purnima Hindu festival India Uttar Pradesh coronavirus god religion
- Location: VARANASI, PRAYAGRAJ, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- City: VARANASI, PRAYAGRAJ, UTTAR PRADESH, INDIA
- Country: India
- Topics: Religion/Belief,Society/Social Issues
- Reuters ID: LVA001CLJ7IHB
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- Story Text: Devotees in northern India offered prayers and took holy dips in 'sacred' rivers on Sunday (July 05) to mark 'Guru Purnima', a festival dedicated to spiritual and academic teachers.
The festival is celebrated by Hindus, Jains and Buddhists who pay their respect to their teachers and express their gratitude.
According to Hindu beliefs, a guru holds an exalted position, even higher than that of the God. Hindus believe that one's Guru is the only person who can guide them on the path towards Moksh (emancipation).
Devotees in northern Varanasi and Prayagraj cities bathed in Ganges and Sangam- a religiously important confluence of holy Ganges, Yamuna, and mystical Saraswati rivers despite coronavirus pandemic to mark the occasion.
Guru Purnima is celebrated in India and Nepal on a full moon day in the Hindu month of Asadha. It is part of an age-old tradition celebrated on the birth anniversary of the ancient Hindu sage Vyaas, who is said to have compiled the epic- Mahabharata.
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