In Pics: Colourful tableau from 17 states took part during Republic Day celebrations

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New Delhi, Jan 26: The 68th Republic Day celebrations began here on Thursday, with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan the chief guest at the annual parade. The highlights of this year's Republic Day parade include a 149-member United Arab Emirates Presidential Guard.

Check out the beautiful tableau here:

Himachal exhibits ancient art form in R-Day parade:

Himachal exhibits ancient art form in R-Day parade:

Himachal Pradesh showcased an ancient art form of the state at the Republic Day parade. The front of the tableau, was a statue of a woman performing embroidery on a Chamba 'rumal' (handkerchief).

GST tableau features at Republic Day parade

GST tableau features at Republic Day parade

The Goods and Services Tax (GST), the country's biggest tax reform initiative, figured at the Republic Day parade. The blue-hued tableau with bowling pin and ball at the front and a map of India at the rear went past the Rajpath as President Pranab Mukherjee waved his hands in appreciation.

Ex servicemen tableau at Republic Day parade:

Ex servicemen tableau at Republic Day parade:

This Republic Day parade featured a tableau by ex-servicemen where the Army veterans will showcase their role in building the nation.

Assam tableau displays Kamakhya temple at R-Day parade:

Assam tableau displays Kamakhya temple at R-Day parade:

Assam's famous Kamakhya temple dedicated to the Hindu diety Kamakhya -- was showcased at the Republic Day parade here on the state's tableau. The tableau displayed some worshippers at the temple -- which unusually has no image or idol for worship and is loacted atop Nilachal hills in Guwahati.

Tableau from Manipur :

Tableau from Manipur :

Tableau from Manipur on Lai Haroba were showcased at the ceremonial Republic Day parade. Lai Haraoba is one of the oldest ritualistic theatres of the world jealously preserved by the Meitei community of Manipur.

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