The inaugural ‘Aastha’ Ayodhya special train from Kerala is set to depart from the Kochuveli railway station at 10 a.m. on Friday. Organized by the Indian Railways to facilitate devotees’ pilgrimage to Ayodhya following the Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha ceremony last month, the ‘Aastha special trains’ aim to bring passengers from different parts of the country. The first Ayodhya special train from Thiruvananthapuram will have passengers affiliated with various social groups. State BJP president K. Surendran, currently on a statewide yatra in preparation for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls, will welcome the train at Kottayam railway station.
The launch of the inaugural ‘Aastha’ Ayodhya special train from Thiruvananthapuram marks an initiative by the Indian Railways to facilitate religious tourism after the recent Ram Temple Pran Pratishtha ceremony. The ‘Aastha special trains’ are designed to connect devotees from different regions to Ayodhya, catering to a diverse group of passengers, including those affiliated with various social groups. The commencement of the first Ayodhya special train from Kerala underlines the significance of religious pilgrimages and the efforts to provide convenient transportation options for individuals embarking on spiritual journeys. State BJP president K. Surendran’s involvement in receiving the train at Kottayam railway station adds a political dimension to the event, aligning with the broader context of pre-election activities in the region.