India's national bird, the peacock, adorns the Google home page on India's Independence Day. The peacock curves its neck backwards to form the 'G' of the Google logo. The other letters of the Google logo appear in ornate styling behind the peacock's plume. Google has been commemorating India's Independence Day with a doodle on its home page since 2003.
Most of the Google doodles had the Indian national flag as the inspiration. But the 2011 and 2012 doodles used other national symbols in place of the Tricolour. Last year a sketch of Delhi's Red Fort took guard on the Google home page on 15th August.
The 2010 Google India's Independence Day doodle was perhaps the most creative of all the eight. It was the first and only animated India Independence Day doodle and was done in traditional rangoli style. The second 'O' in the Google logo was in the form of a lotus in the Indian flag's colours that started to take shape as the page was loaded.
There was no Google India Independence Day doodle in 2009. In the 2008 doodle, the Indian flag fluttered over the letters 'L' and 'E' in the Google logo.
2007 was the 60th year of Indian Independence and Google highlighted the fact with the text "Celebrating 60 years of Independence" on its doodle where the Indian flag appeared behind the Google logo.
The Google 2006 Indian Independence Day doodle was also with a flag theme, in which the second 'O' of the Google logo was symbolised by the Ashoka Chakra.
The 2005 Indian Independence Day Google doodle had the second 'O' in the Google logo replaced by the Ashoka Chakra.
There was no Independence Day doodle on Google's India home page in 2004. In 2003 Google posted its first ever doodle to commemorate 15th of August. The doodle was quite similar to the one that Google posted a couple of years later in 2005 and only had the Tricolour fluttering on the letter 'L' of the Google logo that seemed to double up as a flag post.