Guru Purnima is an ancient Indian tradition that celebrates the day on which students pay due respect and gratitude to their teachers. The day is commemorated by way of offering ritualistic respect to the Guru, Guru Puja and Guru Padam. The Guru’s vibrations and essence are said to be a thousand times more active on the day of Guru Purnima than on any other day. The word Guru emerges from two words, gu and ru. The Sanskrit root gu means darkness or ignorance, and ru denotes the remover of that darkness. The one who removes the darkness of ignorance is called a Guru. 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). According to the tenets of the yogic tradition, Guru Purnima is celebrated as the occasion when Shiva assumed the form of the first Guru, and began the process of channelling the knowledge of yoga to the Saptarishis. This belief has unique resonance in the Haidakhandi Samaj.