In first of a kind instance, a seat has been reserved for Lord Shiva for the first time ever on a train. The train is Kashi Mahakal Express that links three Jyotirlingas in two states and was flagged off by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday from Varanasi.
The railway authorities were further thinking about making the seat for “Bhole Baba” a permanent feature of the train but the latest news broke out that that they have decided go against it and the seat for the deity will only be reserved for the inaugural routes. The train will connect three Jyotirlingas — Omkareshwar near Indore, Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain and Kashi Vishwanath in Varanasi.
Seat number 64 in coach B5 was reserved and left vacant for Lord Shiva.
Northern Railway spokesperson Deepak Kumar told the press that this instance has been unique in the history of Indian Railways and will be etched in the history books.
“It’s for the first time that a seat has been reserved and left vacant for the deity Lord Shiva.”
“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,” Kumar said.
There were added features like light devotional music, two dedicated private guards in every coach and only vegetarian meals in the fully 3-AC service that will run thrice a week between Varanasi and Indore.