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

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 Buddhist monks are known to practice intense meditation on Guru Purnima. They reinvigorate their spiritual training and stick to severe penance like giving up meat, alcohol etc.

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