The 76th Independence Day was celebrated across Jammu and Kashmir with fervour and zeal.
The tricolour was hoisted on top of the historic Clock Tower in Srinagar's Lal Chowk on Monday morning amid the chants of the slogan 'bharat mata ki jai'.
A 750-square feet national flag that has travelled from Sikkim to Antarctica was displayed at Lal Chowk in Srinagar.
A large number of people including a group of martial arts students gathered and waved the national flag at Lal Chowk to celebrate the country's freedom.
On the completion of 75 years of independence and as part of Azadi ka Amrit Mahotsav, the Indian Army under the aegis of 3 Sector Rashtriya Rifles carried out an expedition to summit Mount Harmukh, said the Indian army.
Earlier today, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference president Farooq Abdullah hoisted the national flag at his residence to celebrate Independence Day, informed National Conference.
In district Udhampur, Independence Day was celebrated with patriotic spirit and enthusiasm.
The function was held on the premises of Govt PG College (Boys), Udhampur where District Development Council Chairman Lal Chand was the chief guest, hoisted the National Flag and took a salute at an impressive march past presented by the Jammu and Kashmir Police, CRPF, SKPA and NCC students and children drawn from various educational institutions.
Students through cultural programmes spread messages to the youngsters to say no to drugs and divert their energy into positive ways, participating in the development of the country.
Deputy Commissioner Udhampur Krittika Jyotsna (IAS), Senior Superintendent of Police Udhampur Dr Vinod (IPS) and other officers of the district administration, as well as police were present on this occasion.
Earlier on Monday morning, Jammu and Kashmir Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha during his speech urged the people of Jammu and Kashmir to take a pledge to make the Union Territory Nasha-Mukt (free of drugs), Bhrashtachar-Mukt (corruption free) and Rojgaar-Yukt (employable).
"Jammu and Kashmir is on the move. I call upon every section of society to make their valuable contribution to a happy, peaceful and prosperous Union Territory.