Lord Mahakal gets a reserved seat on IRCTC's Kashi Mahakal Express
The third corporate passenger train, Kashi Mahakal Express, connecting religious places of the state of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, will start its commercial run from 20 February 2020 onwards
For the first time in the history of Indian Railways, the national transporter has reserved a seat for a deity on a train. In the recently launched Kashi Mahakal Express from Varanasi to Indore, a seat has been reserved for Lord Mahakal (Lord Shiva) on board.
According to reports, seat number 64 in B5 coach has been designated for Lord Shiva and even a temple has been "drawn" on the seat to make people aware that it's the seat of the Lord.
Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has said that this practice would continue beyond the inaugural run.
Coach B4,Seat no.64 of Mahakal in Kashi-Mahakal Express.First time in Indian Railway history a seat reserved for Mahakal.— Adv.Vivekanand Gupta ???????? (@vivekanandg) February 16, 2020
धन्यवाद @narendramodi Ji @PiyushGoyal @RailMinIndia
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi flagged off the IRCTC-operated Kashi Mahakal Express via video conferencing from Varanasi,
IRCTC has already launched two Tejas Express trains on New Delhi-Lucknow and Mumbai-Ahmedabad routes.
The third corporate passenger train, the Kashi Mahakal Express, connecting religious places of the state of Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh, will start commercial run from 20 February 2020 onwards.
प्रधानमंत्री श्री @NarendraModi जी द्वारा #KashiMahakalExpress को हरी झंडी दिखाकर शुभारंभ किया ।— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 16, 2020
यह ट्रेन इंदौर से वाराणसी के बीच 3 ज्योतिर्लिंगों को कनैक्ट करने वाली आधुनिक सुविधाओं युक्त 3 टियर वातानुकूलित है। pic.twitter.com/17W0GRZSqe
Route of Kashi Mahakal Express
The superfast fully air-conditioned passenger train will also connect the industrial and educational hub of Indore and Bhopal the capital of Madhya Pradesh. The train will operate thrice a week between Varanasi and Indore: once via Prayagraj (Allahabad) and twice via Lucknow. The route of the train will be via Sultanpur - Lucknow/Prayagraj - Kanpur - Jhansi - Bina - Sant Hiradnagar - Ujjain - Indore and back. The train will cover a total distance of 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.
आधुनिक सुविधाओं से लैस बनारस से इंदौर के बीच #KashiMahakalExpress ट्रेन।— Ministry of Railways (@RailMinIndia) February 16, 2020
जो देश के धार्मिक, सांस्कृतिक और ऐतिहासिक महत्व के नगर जैसे, प्रयागराज, लखनऊ, कानपुर, झाँसी, बीना, संत हिरदाराम (भोपाल) को जोड़ेगी। pic.twitter.com/2Z2ZPIdZVF
Ticket booking of Kashi Mahakal Express
The train is available for booking exclusively on IRCTC website www.irctc.co.in and its mobile app "IRCTC Rail Connect". There will be no booking at railway reservation counters. The trains will have advance reservation period of 120 days. While there will be no concession tickets in the train, children below 5 years of age have been exempted from fare and will be booked with their parents. Train fare is dynamic in nature. Current Booking will be available to users after preparation of first chart which will normally be 4 hours to 5 minutes before the scheduled departure of the train.
One-way journey from Varnasi to Indore will cost Rs 1,951, which includes four meals.