"I extend my good wishes and greetings to all my fellow citizens," the President said in a statement.

Mukherjee said that every year the nation relives the memorable events of Valmiki's sacred epic, as retold by Tulsidas, Kambar, Tyagaraja and many other devotees of Lord Rama.

"May this festival lead us onto the path of moral and ethical rectitude and usher in a new era of unity and fellowship," he said.

The festival is viewed as the vindication of truth and destruction of evil. The life and deeds of Lord Rama and his message of right conduct and propriety continue to inspire generations, the president said.


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