Kalam greets nation on Ram Navami
President APJ Abdul Kalam and Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat greeted the nation on Tuesday on the occasion of Ram Navami, which celebrates the birth of the Hindu god Ram, and said that the occasion should inspire people to adopt the highest moral principles in life.
Conveying his greetings to all Indians living in the country and abroad, the president said, "Lord Ram is the embodiment of righteousness (Dharma) and highest moral and ethical principles."
"May this year's celebrations rejuvenate our lives for the welfare and well being of the people. The festival should also inspire all of us to give and to serve the needy and the underprivileged with dedication and devotion."
In his message, Shekhawat reminded the nation that Lord Ram had been immortalised as 'Maryada Purushottam', the embodiment of righteousness and high moral values.
"The high standards of moral conduct and ideals followed by him are a timeless beacon to the entire humanity. Ram Navami reminds us of the greatness of Lord Ram's life and ideals."
Shekhawat said that the auspicious occasion provided an opportunity for the people to imbibe Lord Ram's enlightened teachings, which have the power to secure peace and harmony in a world torn by strife, and inspire them to work for the welfare of the poor and downtrodden.
Ram Navami falls on the ninth day of the bright fortnight of the month of Chaitra (March-April) in the Hindu calendar.