Buddha Purnima, marking the birth anniversary of Lord Buddha, is being celebrated in different parts of the country today.
President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted people on the occasion.
In his message, President said, the values of non-violence, peace, compassion and service to humanity embodied in the teachings of Lord Buddha have profoundly influenced human history and the course of civilization.
He said, these teachings have become even more relevant in the present times.
The President expressed hope that Lord Buddha’s message will infuse people’s thoughts, words and deeds and guide them towards greater compassion, love and fraternity.
In his message, Vice President said, Lord Buddha was one of the most illustrious spiritual leaders to have walked this earth and his eternal message of non-violence and compassion continues to inspire humanity across the globe to strive towards a more fulfilling life and a world where all people live together and shaping it together into a peaceful, inclusive, sustainable globe. He called upon people to commit themselves to the path of righteousness, compassion and universal friendship shown by Lord Buddha.