A Hindu god now has a reserved seat on an Indian Railways train

Manavi Kapur
A Hindu god now has a reserved seat on an Indian Railways train

Indian Railways may just have taken the idea of pilgrimage tourism a little too seriously. It made a reservation yesterday (Feb. 16)—seat number 64 in coach B5—for the Hindu god Shiva on the 82401 Kashi Mahakal Express. The train was launched yesterday by prime minister Narendra Modi from the ancient holy city of Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh to connect two other major religious sites dedicated to feral deity.