"Greetings and good wishes on Mahavir Jayanti to all my fellow citizens and in particular, members of Jain community," the President tweeted.

He said: "Teachings of ahimsa (non violence), truth and compassion enunciated by Bhagwan Mahavira hold great significance for today's world."

"Let us resolve to ceaselessly strive for harmony and amity in our country and across the world on this auspicious day," he added in a series of tweets.

Prime Minister Modi too extended his greetings on the occasion, saying: "On Mahavir Jayanti I bow to the venerable Lord Mahavir, who showed the path of peace and welfare for entire humanity."

Mahavir Jayanti is being celebrated across the nation on Thursday.

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