December 5, 2016: Subrahmanya Shashti
December 6, 2016: Nanda Saptami
December 7, 2016: Kala Bhairavasthami
Guru Poornima for the year 2005 falls on the 21st July. Devotees from all over the World, celebrate the birthday of Lord Veda Vyasa, who is considered as the Guru of all Gurus. This day is therefore called ‘Guru Poornima’. Remembering Vyasa Bhagavan, we offer special worship to our Gurus on this day and pray to them to make us poornam. Vyasya is not the name of a person, but a title which means ‘Compiler’, and there is a Vyasa who incarnates at the end of every Dwapara Yug, the Age preceeeding the Kali Yug which we are now in. The present Vyasa is the 18 th Vyasa of the present age.
As per the Devi Bhagavatam, the name of our Vyasya is Krishna Dwaipayana. He is called Krishna who was borned on a dweep. He was also called Badarayana because he performed severed austerities in Badirinath, the holy shrine in the Himalayas that is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. He is called Veda Vyasa because, realizing that the people in Kali Yug, being very extrovert, with weak memory and little subtle intellect will not be able to study the entire Vedas, he classified the Vedas into four, further dividing each Veda into several branches. It is because of Bhagavan Vyasa alone that we are able to study the Vedas today and this is why Bhagavan Vyasa is regarded as Universal Guru.