Coach in Kashi-Mahakaal Express turns into mini temple

In a one of its kind move, the railway authorities have decided that a seat for a deity be reserved on a train. The Kashi Mahakaal Express, that was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi on Sunday, has become the first train to have a mini temple of its own.

According to media reports, seat number 64 of coach B5 in the train was reserved and left vacant for Lord Shiva whose mini- temple has been established on the seat.

The railway officials said that regular and consistent efforts will be made to keep the seat reserved for Lord Shiva.

Modi had inaugurated the train that will cover 1,131 km between Varanasi and Indore via Lucknow and a distance of 1,102 km between Varanasi and Indore via Prayagraj (Allahabad) in approximately 19 hours, via video-conferencing on February 16.

The Mahakaal Express comes after IRCTC’s successful launch of two Tejas Express trains on New Delhi-Lucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad routes. 

The new Kashi Mahakal Express is all set to establish connectivity between three places - Jyotirlinga-Omkareshwar (near Indore in Madhya Pradesh), Mahakaleshwar (Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh) and Kashi Vishwanath (Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh).

The private train will also connect industrial and educational hub of Indore and Bhopal.