Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will take the delivery of the first sophisticated and state of the art Rafale fighter jet in France on Tuesday after performing 'Shastra Puja', a ritual involving the worship of weapons, as per Indian traditions. Shastra Puja has been a part of Indian tradition for thousands of years. Rajput warrior-king Maharana Pratap used to perform Shastra Puja before going into battle against his enemies. On Vijayadashmi, keeping to the tradition, people still perform Shastra Puja.
Rajnath will undertake a sortie on a Rafale fighter jet after receiving the first of 36 fighter jets in France to mark the auspicious occasion of Vijayadashmi.