The Sanskrit meaning of the name Guru (गुरु) is a teacher or big. It literally means someone who acts as a guide or leader who is responsible for showing the correct path to others and lead from the front. They are the ones who take the responsibility of building a bright future of others.
Guru (गुरु) finds to be mentioned in Manu Smrti where Guru is used for a teacher or instructor of the gods - as Bruhaspati (बृहस्पति). Guru finds reference in Manu Smrti and Yajjavalkya where this word refers to a spiritual parent or a teacher or instructor from whom a youth receives the initiatory prayer, who instructs him in the Shastras.
Guru is another name of Lord Shiva as the teacher with a limitless source of knowledge. Also, it a name of Lord Vishnu as protector of knowledge.
Since the popularity of the name Guru has been constant. It is mostly common among Hindu religion. this is because it has a deep meaning and everyone always has a great respect for the word Guru in every hearts.
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