In his message, the President said Lord Krishna's teachings have been an inspiration to follow the path of virtue. JPN/Agencies
"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," said Mukherjee.
"On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, I extend heartiest greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens,” he said while adding, "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."
In his message, the Prime Minister said Janmashtami celebrates the triumph of good over evil. "It should be an occasion to remind ourselves of Lord Krishna's eternal message of performing one's duty without any thought of the reward. May the festival bring happiness, peace and prosperity to the people."
Vice President Hamid Ansari also extended his greetings. The Vice President said the festival is an appropriate occasion to recall the message of Lord Krishna that happiness in life and freedom from bondage can be attained by doing one's duty efficiently, without being attached to or affected by the eventual result.
Lt Governor Najeeb Jung and Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit also extended their greetings and good wishes to the citizens on Janmashtami.
In her message, Dikshit asked people to strengthen bond of unity among various communities.
While Jung in his message exhorted people to cherish the virtues of Lord Krishna and follow the path of duty unfailingly.
He urged all citizens to strengthen their commitment towards peace, humanitarianism, compassion, love and to inculcate spirit of selfless service.
In his message, the President said Lord Krishna's teachings have been an inspiration to follow the path of virtue.