The birth date of the second President of India, Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, 5 September 1888, is celebrated as Teacher’s Day since 1962.
According to ancient Indian texts, Maharishi Vedavas got the status of first Guru. Only then is the Guru Purnima devoted to Vedavas. Maharishi Vedavas was considered to be the incarnation of Lord Vishnu. His full name was Krishnadayan Vyas. Maharishi Vedavas had composed the Vedas, the 18 Puranas and the epic Mahabharata. Maharishi’s disciples included Rishi Jammin, Vaishampayan, Muni Sumantu, Roohnishan etc.
The Ramayana was composed by Maharishi Valmiki. Maharishi Valmiki is worshipped as the inventor of different types of weapons. Lord Rama and his two sons were disciples of Luv-Kush. Maharishi Valmiki educated love-kush to carry arms on the basis of which they made Mahabali Hanuman hostage.
In Mahabharata there were 100 sons of Dhritarashtra and Gandhari including five sons of Raja Pandu. They were all the disciples of Guru Dronacharya. Arjun was his favourite apart from which one of his follower Eklavya has always been named in the history of Mahabharata due to his devotion towards his Guru. To protect his boon, Guru Dronacharya demanded Eklavya’s thumb as Guru Dakshina and without asking a question he cut his thumb in front of the idol of his Guru.
Brahmin from birth but Kshatriya by nature, Parshuram had destroyed all the Kshatriya kings on earth to change the insult of their parents. The followers of Parshurama include the names of warriors like Bhishma, Dronacharya and Karna.
Guru Vashishth is counted among one of the Saptarishis. The Vice-Chancellor of Suryavans was the Vashishta, who had asked King Dasharath to perform his childhood sacrifice, which led to the birth of Lord Rama, Lakshman, Bharat and Shutrughan. These four brothers took education from them.