New Delhi: For the first time anywhere, the seat of a train has been turned into a mini-temple. Seat number 64 in B5 coach of the Kashi-Mahakal Express has been dedicated to Lord Shiva, having been ‘reserved’ and left ‘vacant’ for the deity. Also Read - Goyal announces Ujjain-Varanasi Mahakal Express train service
In the coming days, railways officials say, efforts will be made to make the seat permanently reserved for the Lord. The seat currently has pictures of the deity and a temple has also been drawn there to make passengers aware that the seat is ‘reserved’ for the Lord.
Also being considered for the seat is offering prayers on auspicious days and occasions.
The train, which will run thrice a week, will connect the three ‘Jyotirlingas‘-Omkareshwar (near Indore), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain) and Kashi Vishwanath Temple (Varanasi). It was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday from Varanasi, his Lok Sabha constituency, where he also announced a slew of development projects.
Other major features of the train include devotional music, two dedicated private guards in every coach and only vegetarian meals of the fully 3-AC service.
The train will commence its regular run from February 20. It will cover 1,131 km between Varanasi and Indore via Lucknow and 1,102 km via Prayagraj in approximately 19 hours.