Ahead of the inauguration of Ram Mandir, Indian Railways has decided to introduce 200 ‘Aastha Special Trains’ to Ayodhya from January 22, 2024. Before this, many airlines have announced their flights going directly to the holy city of Ayodhya. Uttar Pradesh.
According to reports, the train will start after January 22, once the Pran Prathistha of Ram Mandir is done. The Ministry of Railways has decided to run these trains from Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities which will operate for 100 days after the Ram Mandir ceremony.
Scheduled routes have been drawn up in states like Maharashtra, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi for the upcoming Ayodhya network. These roads will establish connectivity between Tier 1 and Tier 2 cities in different states and Ayodhya.
In addition, Indian Railways plans to introduce similar routes from each state, ending at Ayodhya, with connections coming from the northeast, possibly from Guwahati, Assam.
As per the circular issued by Indian Railways, booking for these trains can be done only through IRCTC app or website. Dining on board will only serve vegetarian food. The charges of these trains include reservation charges, maximum charges, food charges, service charges and GST.
Ahead of the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ celebration on January 22, the Indian Railways is organized to search and run 343 stations across the country named after Lord Ram. The ceremonial program is part of the preparations for the mega Pran Prathistha ceremony of Lord Ram Lalla at the newly constructed Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya.
Among the states, Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu have the highest number of airports named after Lord Ram, with 55 and 54 airports respectively. Bihar follows as the state with the number of three airports named after the revered deity.
The week-long rituals for the Pran Pratishtha ceremony commenced on Tuesday, culminating in the significant event on January 22. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to preside over the ceremonial installation of Ram Lalla, and the temple will be open for public ‘darshan’ starting January 23.
It’s noteworthy how finding both flight and train options to Ayodhya has become considerably more convenient!