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President Kovind greets people on the eve of Janmashtami, urges to focus on responsibilities rather than rewards
President of India Ram Nath Kovind, in his officially released message on the eve of Janmashtami, August 14, said, "On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens. The ideals of Lord Krishna's life are of universal relevance. His message of standing up for righteousness against evil, working for universal well-being and focusing on responsibilities rather than rewards is inspiring for all."

He urged, "Let us commit ourselves to following the path of virtue shown by Lord Krishna and strengthen our society and nation by contributing to the well-being of our people."

As we know, Krishna Janmashtami, the Hindu festival, celebrates the birth of Lord Krishna, the eighth avatar of Vishnu on the eighth day or Ashtami of the Krishna Paksha or dark fortnight in the month of Bhadraba.

This year, the festival overflows and is being celebrated on 14th and 15th August. The festival is an important one for the Vaishnavism tradition of Hinduism which is marked by dance-drama enactments of the life of Krishna.

At most places, Janmashtami is followed by the festival Nandotsav, which celebrates the occasion when Nanda Baba distributed gifts and sweets to the community in honour of the birth of Nand Gopal. This tradition is carried with great fanfare at Govind Dev Ji Temple in Jaipur.

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