15 August in India marks the day the country gained  independence from British rule. Here are some photos from celebrations from around India. - Photo by Agenices

A member of the women
A member of the women's police contingent smiles at a parade during India's Independence Day celebrations in Srinagar on August 15, 2012. Photo by: Reuters
Pakistani and Indian revellers hold up candles and Indo-Pak joint national flags near the border gate during a vigil marking their respective countries
Pakistani and Indian revellers hold up candles and Indo-Pak joint national flags near the border gate during a vigil marking their respective countries' Independence Days at the India-Pakistan border in Wagah late on August 14, 2012. Pakistan celebrated Independence Day on August 14 and India on the 15th. Photo by: AFP
2)	Indian girls perform on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India
2) Indian girls perform on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India's independence from British rule, in Jammu, India, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Photo by: AP
1)	Samzi, 50, an Indian fisherman spotting a Sindoor, made of vermillion powder, on his forehead, smiles as he waits in line at a prison in Karachi August 15, 2012. Pakistan today freed 55 Indian fishermen, who were imprisoned for illegally venturing into the country
1) Samzi, 50, an Indian fisherman spotting a Sindoor, made of vermillion powder, on his forehead, smiles as he waits in line at a prison in Karachi August 15, 2012. Pakistan today freed 55 Indian fishermen, who were imprisoned for illegally venturing into the country's territorial waters, from a jail in Karachi, as a gesture of goodwill on the occasion of India's Independence Day, a prison official said. Sindoor is considered to be very auspicious by Indians and used on special occasions like wedding and festivals.
A Jammu and Kashmir policeman smiles as he joins his colleagues during a march on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India
A Jammu and Kashmir policeman smiles as he joins his colleagues during a march on the occasion of 65th anniversary of India's independence from British rule, in Srinagar, India, Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2012. Photo by: AP
4)	An Indian woman dressed as Bharath Matha (Mother of India) poses with a tricolour flag during India
4) An Indian woman dressed as Bharath Matha (Mother of India) poses with a tricolour flag during India's Independence Day celebrations in Secunderabad, the twin city of Hyderabad, on August 15, 2012. Manmohan Singh used his Independence Day speech to promise to improve conditions for foreign investment in the country after a sharp downturn in economic growth. Photo by: AP

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Aniket
Aug 15, 2012 10:25am
This is called a Tilak. Sindoor, when worn on the forehead, is known as Tilak or Tika.
dhiraj garg
Aug 15, 2012 12:48pm
Bharat Mata is Mother India and not Mother of India. India itself is Mother for us !!!