'Mahavir Jayanti' being celebrated today

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New Delhi, Apr. 7 (ANI): 'Mahavir Jayanti', the birthday of Lord Mahavir, is being celebrated today with religious zeal and gaiety across the country.

President Pratibha Singh Patil, Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have greeted citizens of the country on the occasion.

In her message, President Patil said: "May the message of Lord Mahavir, of love, compassion and peace, guide our conduct and inspire us to follow the path of 'Ahimsa' for good of all humanity."

"On the occasion of 'Mahavir Jayanti', I extend my greetings and good wishes to all my fellow citizens," she added.

Vice President Ansari urged the countrymen to imbibe Mahavir's teachings for promoting peace and enduring happiness of humanity.

"Bhagwan Mahavir, through his divine life and teachings, showed us the path of non-violence, truthfulness, peace and universal love. His teachings are relevant at all times to emancipate mankind from suffering and to ensure peace and happiness through spiritual excellence," he said.

Prime Minister Dr. Singh said: "Lord Mahavir's life and philosophy inspires everybody to lead a life of compassion, sacrifice and non-violence."

On the occasion, Dr. Singh also wished the countrymen happiness and prosperity. (ANI)

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