The Rafale was officially inducted into the Indian Air Force’s No 17 Squadron Golden Arrows on Thursday at the Ambala airbase in the presence of Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and his French counterpart Florence Parly. And the occasion was solemnised by priests who conducted the ‘Sarva Dharma Puja.’
What is Sarva Dharma Puja
The Sarva Dharma Puja, a spiritual ceremony, was conducted by the Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian priests at the induction of the Rafale fighter jets into the Indian Defence system. It included the recitation of the sacred verses, mantras, hymns and ayats of the respective faiths.
The religious representatives made the occasion a blessed ceremony by invoking the gods and sought their blessings for the nation’s growth, security and well-being.
About four years ago, the Sarva Dharma Puja was performed when the Indian Air Force launched the first squadron of ‘Made-in-India’ Light Combat Aircraft Tejas fighter jets. As per an ANI report, the rituals are carried out during significant occasions.
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Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and Minister of the Armed Forces of France Florence Parly witness the traditional ‘Sarva Dharma Puja’ at the Rafale induction ceremony, at Ambala airbase.
What is the significance of prayers
Ahead of any significant event or a new beginning, people invoke their God, seek his blessings for the success of their endeavour. Small wonder that people say “faith can move mountains”. It is an expression of faith in the divine power that governs the Universe. And it is also a way to seek the blessings of the all-pervading God.
Hence, the priests/ religious representatives of the Hindu, Muslim, Sikh and Christian communities sought the blessings of the Gods at the formal induction ceremony of the Rafale into the Indian Air Force and prayed for the country’s triumph over its enemies.