New Delhi, Jan 26: India celebrated 64th Republic Day with great grandeur at Rajpath in New Delhi on Saturday, Jan 26. Google too joined the celebrations. As a mark of honour Google has doodled a Royal Bengal tiger on the India homepage.
A Royal Bengal tiger in Google stripes and a jungle-like motif with the lotus flower and the India Gate in the background is how Google has honoured the national festival of India.
On 26th January 1950, India's own constitution came into effect and thus the nation celebrated the day as Republic Day.
This is not for the first time Google has celebrated Republic Day with a doodle. In fact, this is for the 3rd time Google has come up with a doodle on the occasion of Republic Day.
Last year (2012), the Google doodle depicted six children riding on the back of three elephants decked in finery and tricoloured umbrellas; a reference to the winners of the bravery awards who participate in the Republic Day parade in Delhi.
In 2010, the India Republic Day Google had depicted Republic Day action in the air with fighter aircrafts decorating the sky with the Tricolour.
A kaleidoscopic view of the country's rich cultural heritage and military prowess were on display at the 64th Republic Day parade on Saturday on the 8-km stretch from Rajpath to Red Fort.
An eager audience on both sides of the imposing Rajpath, the country's ceremonial boulevard facing the seat of power Raisina Hills, braved the winter chill and cheered loudly as the parade went past them portraying the rich and diverse culture of the country.
The icing on the cake was the 5,500-5,800 km ballistic Agni-V missile mounted on a road mobile launcher which was paraded by the Defence Research & Development Organisation as the crowd lapped it up with loud cheer.