Republic Day parade Live: Colour, culture and daredevils at Rajpath

Live updates of Republic Day celebrations underway in the national capital.


The country is celebrating its Republic Day today. The annual parade at Rajpath in Delhi, showing the country's military might and rich cultural heritage, has now ended.

President Ram Nath Kovind, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa - the Chief guest of honour this Republic Day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, several ministers and leaders of Opposition parties were present at the Rajpath. 

SWAT women commandos, mobile hit teams, snipers are among the multi-layered security measure under which the national capital was placed for the Republic Day celebrations. Elaborate measures, also include deployment of anti-aircraft guns to secure the airspace.

Here are the live updates from the Republic Day celebrations underway in the national capital:

26 January 2019
14:43 PM

The Indo Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) hoisted the tricolour 9000 feet above the sea level in Chamoli district's Auli.

13:37 PM
11:39 AM

President Kovind, chief guest South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and the first ladies leave in their convoys. Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves and bids adieu to the public in a long walk on Rajpath. 


11:33 AM

The Republic Day parade at Janpath comes to an end. The National anthem is being played at the Rajpath. President Kovind, chief guest South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the first ladies and Prime Minister Narendra Modi leave the dais. 

11:31 AM

Mig-29 Fighters arrive in arrowhead formation, followed by SU-30 MKI in Trishul manoeuvre and thundering Jaguars.


11:21 AM

The final stage of 70th Republic Day celebrations - 33 aircraft of the Indian Air Force and three choppers of the Indian Army's aviation arm are part of the air show at the parade.

After the Rudras, the Hercules formation will follow - C 130J super Hercules in vic formations.

11:20 AM

Motorcyclists showcase Yoga display, at Rajpath during Republic Day parade


11:18 AM

Daredevils of armed forces at Rajpath. 

11:15 AM

Children take centre stage with wonderful song and dance performances.

Earlier footage of recipients of  Pradhan Mantri Rashtriya Bal Puruskar:

11:05 AM

Energy and Power Ministry, Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation,  Indian Railways and Central Industrial Security Force present their tableaux showcasing development and goals. 

11:02 AM

Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi and West Bengal are the final states to present their tableaux. 



10:59 AM

Now comes a colourful tableau of Tamil Nadu. This is followed by Gujarat's tableau whose theme revolves around Dandi Yatra. Next is Jammu and Kashmir and Karnataka tableaus.


10:55 AM

Now comes the tableaux of Tripura, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh.

Visuals of Tripura contingent:



10:52 AM

Punjab tableau's is based on the theme of Jallianwala Bagh massacre.


10:47 AM

Next is Andaman and Nicobar's state tableau, followed by Assam, Tripura, Goa and Arunachal Pradesh jhankis.


10:45 AM

Second state tableau is Maharashtra depicting the India Independence movement under Mahatma Gandhi's leadership.

10:39 AM

State jhankis or tableaux take centre stage. First state tableau is from Sikkim state.

10:37 AM
10:30 AM

For the first time, all women marching contingent of the Assam Rifles take part. Major Khusboo Kanwar is leading the contingent.


10:29 AM

Air Force tableau on Rajpath show scaled down models of Sukhoi, Akash missile system, and DRDO's  Medium-Range Surface-to-Air Missile (MRSAM). 

10:27 AM

 Lt. Bhavna Kasturi leads the Indian Army Service Corps regiment. 

10:23 AM

The Rajputana Rifles, Sikh Regiment and territorial army contingents marched past the dais. Veterans of Indian National Army (INA) who fought valiantly against the imperial forces take part in Republic Day Parade for the first time. 


10:18 AM

Marching contingents take the centre stage on Rajpath. They are accompanied by the Rudra Dhruv choppers in air.

Sikh Light Infantry and Mahar Regimental Centre and Ladakh Scouts march past President Kovind, saluting.

10:17 AM

Visuals of K-9 Vajra, a self-propelled howitzer, commanded by Captain Devansh Bhutani.


10:14 AM

War and battle tanks show India's military might. In this photo, visuals of the T-90 (Bhishma), the main battle tank of the Indian Army, commanded by Captain Navneet Eric of 45 Cavalry.

10:08 AM

Republic Day parade begins.

First comes Parade Commander Lt Gen Asit Mistry of Maratha Lt Infantry, General Officer in Commanding HQ Delhi Area, Parade Second in Command Maj Gen Rajpal Punia and other gallantry award winners. 

10:02 AM

Wife and mother of Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani recieves Ashok Chakra, India's highest peacetime gallantry award. Wani lost his life in a counter-terror operation against six terrorists in Hirapur village near Batgund, in Shopian on November 25, 38-year-old. 

Read: I didn't cry when told he is no more, says wife of Ashoka Chakra awardee Lance Naik Nazir Ahmad Wani



10:00 AM

Indian National flag has been hoisted. The National Anthem is being played at Rajpath with the 21-gun salute.

09:52 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi reaches Rajpath, meet ministers, dignitaries, and leaders of Opposition parties. 

The convoy of President Kovind, First Lady Savita Kovind along with chief guest President Ramaphosa and his wife Nomazizi Mtshotshisa reach Rajpath.

09:46 AM


09:42 AM

President Ram Nath Kovind and the chief guest South African president Cyril Ramaphosa depart from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the three chiefs of Armed forces - Army Chief Bipin Rawat, Chief of the Naval Staff Sunil Lanba and Air Chief Marshal BS Dhanoa - pay their respect at the Amar Jawan Jyoti. 

09:37 AM

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman reaches Amar Jawan Jyoti to pay respects to the martyred soldiers of Indian Armed Forces. She is accompanied with the three service chiefs. 

09:36 AM
09:22 AM

The Republic Day function at India Gate began at 9 am. The Republic Day parade will start at 9.50 am from Vijay Chowk and proceed towards the Red Fort grounds through the Rajpath, India Gate, Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Netaji Subhash Marg. 


09:09 AM

Union Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore tweets, "As we celebrate #RepublicDay2019, let us renew our vow to our country: let us strive to live up to the ideals of justice, liberty & equality as enshrined in the constitution. Let us move towards a stronger, better India. Let us, with fierce pride, say in one voice: JAI HIND!"


09:07 AM

Republic Day Parade 2019 at Rajpath expected to begin soon.


08:22 AM

Andhra Pradesh Governor ESL Narasimhan hoists tricolour on Republic Day 2019 in Vijayawada.


08:16 AM

Visuals from Rajpath in Delhi: 

08:16 AM

Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit unfurls the national flag on Republic Day 2019. Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy CM O Panneerselvam also present.


07:44 AM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi wishes countrymen on Republic Day


07:44 AM

More than 3500 students created massive portraits of freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev on the eve of Republic Day in Pune.



07:13 AM

Former president Pranab Mukherjee, Bharatiya Jana Sangh leader Nanaji Deshmukh (posthumously) and singer Bhupen Hazarika (posthumously) will be conferred with the Bharat Ratna.
The Bharat Ratna is being conferred after a gap of four years. Mukherjee, fondly known as 'Pranab Da', will be the sixth president to be receive this award. 

The government announced the names of 112 persons, including a transgender, for Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Padma Shri in the fields of art, social work, public affairs, science and engineering, trade and industry, medicine, literature and education, sports, civil service etc.

Among the Padma Vibhushan -- the country's second highest civilian award -- and Padma Bhushan awardees are President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh, L&T chairman A M Naik, veteran journalist Kuldip Nayar, former CAG V K Shanglu and former union ministers Kariya Munda and S S Dhindsa. The award ceremony will be held in March or April this year.

Late actor Kadar Khan, former diplomat S Jaishankar and cricketer Gautam Ghambir were among the prominent personalities named on Friday for conferment of this year's Padma awards.

07:02 AM

Delhi Metro services

Delhi Metro services will be available at all stations during the Republic Day parade. However, boarding and de-boarding will not be allowed at Central Secretariat and Udyog Bhawan from 5 am till 12 pm, Lok Kalyan Marg (Race Course) and Patel Chowk from 8.45 am to 12 pm.


06:58 AM

Traffic Restrictions

To facilitate smooth passage of the parade, no traffic will be allowed on Rajpath from Vijay Chowk to India Gate from 6 pm on January 25 till the parade is over, said Joint Commissioner of Police (Traffic), Alok Kumar.

Cross traffic on Rajpath from 11 pm on January 25 at Rafi Marg, Janpath, Man Singh Road will not be allowed till the parade is over. 'C'-Hexagon-India Gate will be closed for traffic from 2 am on January 26 till the parade crosses Tilak Marg, Kumar said. From 10 am on January 26, traffic on Tilak Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and Subhash Marg will not be allowed on both flanks. Cross traffic will only be allowed depending on the movement of the parade, he added.

Commuters are requested to plan their journey in advance accordingly and avoid the route of the parade from 2 am to 12.30 pm for their convenience, he said.
Movement of buses will be restricted at Park Street/Udyan Marg, Aram Bagh Road (Paharganj), Kamla Market, Delhi Secretariat (IG Stadium), Pragati Maidan (Bhairon Road), Hanuman Mandir (Yamuna Bazar), Mori Gate, Tiz Hazari, Kashmiri Gate ISBT and Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, police said.
Buses from Ghaziabad for Shivaji Stadium shall take NH-24, Ring Road and terminate at Bhairon Road. Buses coming from NH-24 shall take right turn on Road No 56 and terminate at ISBT Anand Vihar. Buses coming from Ghaziabad will be diverted at Mohan Nagar towards Bhopra Chungi for Wazirabad Bridge. All inter-state buses coming from Dhaula Kuan side shall terminate at Dhaula Kuan, the advisory stated.

No heavy vehicles will be allowed to enter Delhi from 10 pm on January 25 till the parade is over, and their entry from Sarai Kale Khan will be banned on January 26 from 7.30 am till 12.30 pm, the officer said.

(PTI inputs)

06:56 AM

Elaborate security arrangements are in place in Delhi for Saturday's Republic Day celebrations. Women commandos, mobile hit teams, deployment of anti-aircraft guns and sharpshooters have been deployed at strategic locations to keep a close watch on the eight-km-long Republic Day parade route from Rajpath to the Red Fort in central Delhi. Over 25,000 security personnel, from the Delhi Police and central security forces, were deployed across the city and the border areas.

Parakram vans, manned by NSG-trained commandos, have been patrolling strategic locations to ensure that security is not jeopardised. Thirty-six women commandos of Delhi Police's Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) unit, who were formally inducted in August last year, will be part of the security deployment. Snipers have been stationed atop high-rises while scores of CCTV cameras are keeping a tight vigil on people's movements on the parade route. Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Madhur Verma said CCTV cameras and face-recognition cameras have been installed. Police are using counter-drone technology to thwart any attack or identify suspicious flying objects, a senior police officer said.