New Delhi, Aug 27: The honourable President of India, Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday greeted the nation on the festival of Shri Krishna Janmashtami, which is being celebrated on Wednesday to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.
In his message on the occasion of Janmashtami, he said, "On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, I extend heartiest greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens.
"Let us, on this sacred day, recall the teachings of Lord Krishna which have for centuries, been an inspiration to us to follow the path of virtue and righteousness in thought, word and deed", the President said in a statement issued on Tuesday.
"May Lord Krishna's noble message of ‘Nishkama Karma' or duty without thought of reward, motivate all of us to work in unity and with selfless dedication for peace, prosperity and progress in our country", he added.
Every year, the festival of the birth of Lord Krishna is celebrated with enormous zeal and enthusiasm. This year the auspicious festival falls on August 28.
According to Hindu mythology, Krishna is the eighth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the preserver of the universe and one of the trinity of Gods, the other two being Lord Brahma, the Creator and Lord Shiva, the Destroyer.
Lord Vishnu is said to have taken birth as a human being to destroy the evil King Kansa who ruled over 5000 years ago.
Janmashtami is celebrated on two consecutive days, the day when Krishna was born, and the day when his father Vasudeva brought him to Gokul.