Chandigarh, Oct 25: Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today extended his greetings to the people of Punjab on the eve of Parkash Utsav of Maharishi Valmiki.
In his message, Mr Badal said, ''Maharishi Valmiki Ji was a great exponent and forefather of the Indian culture and civilisation.
He was the creator of the first ever holy epic, the 'Ramayana' and first great spiritual treatise Yoga Vasistha. His masterpiece creation, 'Ramayana' is a fountain head of human culture, reservoir of wisdom and storehouse of all conceivable human values.'' He exhorted the people to follow the teachings and ideology of Maharishi Valmiki to carve out an ideal society regardless of caste, colour and creed.
Mr Badal called upon the people of the state to celebrate the occasion in unison and rise above the materialistic values thereby paving a way for altruism in human life .