"The life and teachings of Lord Buddha have universal significance. The ideals of non-violence, peace, compassion and service to humanity embodied in his teachings have profoundly impacted human history and the course of civilisation," Mukherjee said.

The President added that a large number of people all over the world follow Buddhism due to its universal appeal.

"May Lord Buddha's message infuse our thoughts, words and deeds and serve as a beacon guiding us on the path of universal brotherhood," he said.


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