Chennai: Tamil Nadu joined the nation when it celebrated the 63rd Republic Day with patriotic fervor on Thursday with Governor K. Rosaiah unfurling the national flag at the Marina beach here.

Rosaiah also took the salute from the three wings of armed forces and other security agencies.

Chief Minister J. Jayalalithaa, her ministers and a large mass of people enjoyed the various floats and dances by school students dressed in colourful attires.

Across the states, district collectors unfurled the national flag and took salute from police contingents.

Jayalalithaa came to the venue for few minutes ahead of Rosaiah, accepting Republic Day greetings from the people gathered there.

She welcomed Rosaiah and introduced senior officers of the military and police forces.

Rosaiah then unfurled the national flag at around 8 a.m.

Karnataka celebrates Republic Day

Karnataka Governor Hans Raj Bhardwaj hoisted the tricolour to mark the 63rd Republic Day at the Field Marshal Manekshaw Ground here amid tight security.

Clad in dark blue suite and sporting a rose in the pocket, Bhardwaj took salute and inspected the guard of honour by going round the ground atop an open jeep amidst cheers and thunderous applause by about 8,000 people who had gathered on a bright sunny and breezy day under a clear sky.

Thousands of rose petals were showered from a flying helicopter when the governor unfurled the flag. The national anthem was then played, followed by patriotic songs.

Contingents of the army, navy and air force led the march past followed by battalions of the Karnataka State Reserve Police, Rapid Action Force and the Central Industrial Security Force.

National Cadet Corps and boys and girls from Bharat Scouts & Guides also participated in the ceremonial parade.

The governor also addressed the gathering on the occasion in English, which was telecast live by the state unit of Doordarshan.

Chief Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda, some of his cabinet colleagues and senior officials were present on the occasion..

Bihar celebrates Republic Day

Ignoring Maoist threats, hundreds of thousands across Bihar celebrated India's 63rd Republic Day Thursday.Governor Devanand Kunwar hoisted the tricolour at an impressive march past here.

The governor then lauded the government for initiating steps to develop the state and combat corruption and crime.Chief Minister Nitish Kumar hoisted the tricolour at his official residence here.

Celebrations took place at various district headquarters, with thousands participating in every venue.Maoists, however, put up black flags in Gaya, Aurangabad, Muzaffarpur, Munger and Banka.