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Greeted by President and Vice President, nation celebrates Mahavir Jayanti
President Ram Nath Kovind in his message on Mahavir Jayanti being celebrated by the followers of Jainism joined by other communities on April 17 across the country, stated, "On the auspicious occasion of Mahavir Jayanti, I extend my greetings and best wishes to all fellow citizens, especially to the Jain community."

He added, "Lord Mahavira's message of peace and non-violence has enriched our cultural heritage. When the world is facing multiple challenges, the philosophy and teachings of ahimsa, truth and compassion enunciated by Bhagwan Mahavira hold great significance."

"Let us on this auspicious day resolve to ceaselessly strive for harmony in our country and across the world," he urged.

Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has also greeted the people on this auspicious occasion saying, "I extend my warm greetings and good wishes to the people of our country on the auspicious occasion of 'Mahavir Jayanti'. Bhagwan Mahavir's messages of non-violence, truth and universal compassion illuminated a path of righteousness and honesty. His teachings are universal and therefore relevant to the entire world.

"On this auspicious occasion, let us reaffirm our commitment to internalize the teachings of Bhagwan Mahavir and dedicate ourselves to building a more peaceful world," he called upon.

Lord Mahavira was the last and 24th Tirthankaras of the Jains who established the tenets of Jainism, which is now recognized as a separate religion. In Jainism, the 24th Tirthankara is called Mahavir as he gained victory over body-senses-mind combine and thus attained liberation.

Let's understand the tenets of Jain Dharma in nutshell through two acrostics on this Mahavir Jayanti.

Here is my acrostic that describes Jainism:

J: Jina (The conqueror) is the one who

A: Attains self-control and self-victory and develop

I: Insights for right knowledge, conduct and vision for attaining

N: Nirvana by making the soul feel the

I: Infinite bliss and

S: Shedding the karmic bandages of the

M: Materialistic world to spiritualize oneself.

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