The newly launched Kashi-Mahakal Express, which was, the other day, flagged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has a seat, which has been turned into a mini temple. The seat number 64 of the B5 coach has a mini temple entirely dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Though it is a tempoarary setting but the railway authorities seemed to have liked the idea and are mulling to make the seat permanent for the deity.
The temple idea seems interesting if we consider the purpose of the train. For the unknown, the Kashi Mahakal Express links three Jyotirlingas in two states.
The Jyotirlingas are mainly Omkareshwar near Indore, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain and Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi.
“It’s for the first time that a seat has been reserved and left vacant for the deity Lord Shiva, Northern Railway Spokesperson Deepak Kumar said in a statement adding “even a temple has been drawn on the seat to make people aware that the seat is reserved for the Lord Mahakal in Madhya Pradesh’s Ujjain.”
The decision, however, is yet to be taken.
The Kashi-Mahakal express will run thrice a week between Varanasi and Indore. The train 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.