Chennai: Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa extended their greetings to people on the eve of Mahavir Jayanthi.

Extending his greetings to Jains, Governor Rosaiah in said, "Lord Mahavir laid emphasis on the five great vows - non-violence,truth,non-stealing, chastity and non-possession. Let us on his birthday re-dedicate ourselves to follow his preaching and unite to build a happy and a harmonious society."

Jayalalithaa said, "Mahavir had preached the importance of loving all living beings and lived a life reflecting the ideal. I wish all those celebrating his birthday on this occasion."

DMK president M Karunanidhi also extended his greetings. "I wish all Jains in Tamil Nadu who are leading a life as guided by Mahavir."