The word ‘Guru’ in Sanskrit translates to ‘the remover of darkness’. The festival is traditionally celebrated in memory of the illustrious sage and guru Vyasa.

Vyasa is widely credited as the sage who split the primordial single Veda into four Vedas (Rig, Yajur, Atharva and Sama) that we know today.

The split was done to better facilitate the learning of the knowledge contained in the Vedas. Vyasa is also credited as the author of 18 Puranas, Mahabharata, and Srimad Bhagavatam.

The day of full moon, Purnima, in the month of Ashadh of the Hindu calendar is traditionally celebrated as Guru Purnima.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also extended Guru Purnima greetings to everyone.

"Guru Purnima par hardik shubhkamnayen (hearty greetings on the occasion of Guru Purnima)," an official statement quoted Modi as saying.

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