President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday greeted the countrymen on the eve of Janmashtami and said the ideals of Lord Krishna’s life are of universal relevance.

“On the auspicious occasion of Janmashtami, I extend my warm greetings and best wishes to all my fellow citizens,” the President said in his message.

“Lord Krishna’s message of standing up for righteousness against evil, working for universal well-being and focusing on responsibilities rather than rewards is inspiring for all,” Kovind said.

“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,” he added.

This year Lord Krishna’s birth anniversary is being celebrated along with country’s Independence Day on August 15.