Guru Purnima is a significant event that is mostly observed in India and honours "gurus" or teachers who have a significant influence on a person's life by guiding them toward enlightenment. Along with India, the local Buddhist, Jains, and Hindu populations observe it in Nepal and Bhutan. This year, Guru Purnima will be observed on Wednesday, July 13.

Buddhism holds that Lord Buddha delivered his inaugural sermon on this day in Sarnath, Uttar Pradesh. Guru Purnima is the name of the festival, which is celebrated on a full moon day (Purnima) in the Hindu month of Ashada.

Many people also observe the day as "Vyasa Purnima," remembering the sage Ved Vyasa, who penned the Hindu epic Mahabharata and the Puranas, on his birthday. The Vedas are thought to have been organised by the sage and divided into four sections: Rig, Yajur, Sama, and Atharva. He was born on this day to Satyavati and the Brahmin sage Parashar, and according to Hindu mythology, he is one of the seven immortals who still wander the earth.

However, according to yogic tradition, Lord Shiva was the very first teacher, and Guru Purnima was the day on which he appeared as a yogi to the seven sages of the sapta-rishis order in the Himalayas. The God of Destruction, known as "Adiyogi," granted them the knowledge of yogic teachings, which they then shared with the rest of the universe. People revere and give thanks to their gurus on this day. Many people seek favours by fasting and going to temples.

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