The President and Prime Minister on Tuesday greeted the people on the occasion of Janmashtami, reminding them that Lord Krishna's philosophy of 'Nishkama Karma' was relevant to the mission of transforming the country into a developed nation.
In his message, President APJ Abdul Kalam asked countrymen to commit themselves to strengthen pluralism, unity, brotherhood and progress of the nation.
"A work without thought of reward is relevant in our mission of transforming India into a developed country," he said.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh hoped the festival will usher happiness, joy and peace and further strengthen the values of compassion, service and justice in the society.
"Lord Krishna's eternal message of 'Karma Yoga' continues to guide humanity on the path of salvation. His divine personality represents the noble ideal of wisdom and excellence in all spheres of life," Singh said in his message.
Janmashtami, the birthday of Lord Krishna, will be celebrated across the country on Wednesday.