Mahavir Jayanti, the birth anniversary of the 24th and the last Jain Tirthankar Bhagwan Mahavir is being celebrated across the country today. Mahavir Jayanti is considered to be one of the most auspicious events for the Jain community and holds a lot of importance in their religious life. President Ram Nath Kovind and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu have greeted the people on the occasion of Mahavir Jayanti. In his message, the President said that Lord Mahavira showed the path of spiritual liberation by observing the vows of non-violence, truthfulness, non-stealing, chastity and non-possession. Mr Kovind said that Lord Mahavira taught renunciation and restraint, love and compassion and modesty and righteousness as the basis to lead a balanced human life. Mr. Kovind asked the people to take a pledge to work towards promoting non-violence and eradicating all kinds of social evils in the society. In his message, the Vice President said, one of the most illustrious spiritual Gurus of ancient India, Bhagwan Mahavir epitomized the virtues of truth, compassion and non-violence. Through his teachings and austere lifestyle, he inspired the people to be merciful and lead a moral and principled life. Mr. Naidu said his philosophy of ‘Anekantavad’ signifies India's civilizational values of plurality and tolerance.