Defence Minister of India - Rajnath Singh - has been in the news since yesterday for something rather unusual. Nimbu mirchi.
Rajnath Singh performed a puja of a Rafale jet by placing lemons under its wheels and coconut on the top, the pictures of which are now doing rounds on social media.
Hamara Bajaj moment on French soil. Taking delivery of French-made fighter jets equipped with cutting edge technology and still using nimboos to ward off evil spirits and coconuts to make it holy. Thank god we are alive to see such interesting things. #Rafale pic.twitter.com/qNlvJSFzWZ— Manimugdha Sharma (@quizzicalguy) October 8, 2019
The pictures were shared so many times, that the phrase became one of the top trends on Twitter India.
*Next Budget* :— St. Sinner (@retheeshraj10) October 9, 2019
Nirmala Sitharaman: Rafale Jet, 1600 Crore + 20 Rs extra.
Speaker : 20 Rs??
N.S : Nimbu Mirchi ka.
Shastra pooja for new Rafale equipments whose purchase was delayed by over 2 years, among other dubious things surrounding the same. What's Next?— Tanmay Dubey (@Author_Tanmay) October 9, 2019
Ensuring the presence of nimbu-mirchi in all equipments?#RafalePujaPolitics pic.twitter.com/8pfxhVqRq3
The jet was the first of the 36 that India purchased from France’s Dassault Aviation in Merignac.
In addition to the lemons and coconut, om was also written on the nose of the jet as part of the shastra pooja to celebrate this big purchase. Later, the Defence Minister took part in a sortie on the same jet.