The West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday wished the nation a “Happy Mahavir Jayanti”.

President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday wished the nation on Mahavir Jayanti urging citizens to draw inspiration from Mahavir’s life that was dedicated to spreading peace and harmony.

In a tweet, President Kovind said: “Greetings to fellow citizens, especially to our Jain community, on Mahavir Jayanti. The teachings of Lord Mahavira are relevant and significant to this day.”

“Let us draw inspiration from his life to spread love and harmony in the world,” he added.

Meanwhile, PM Narendra Modi said Mahavir’s message of peace and non-violence was a “source of great inspiration”.

“Greetings on Mahavir Jayanti. Bhagwan Mahavir’s message of peace, non-violence and harmony is a source of great inspiration for us,” PM Modi said.

Mahavir, born in Bihar in 599 BC, was the 24th and last Jain Tirthankara (spiritual teacher).

One of the most important festivals of the Jain community, Mahavir Jayanti is also known as Mahavir Janma Kalyanak.

Mahavir was born on Trayodashi Tithi during Shukla Paksha in the Chaitra month in Bihar.