The Indian Railways has announced that it will be running as many as 30 special trains for the convenience of devotees attending this year’s Magh Mela. While 26 of these Mela special trains will be run for Prayagraj from various cities, the remaining four will connect Gorakhpur, Badhni and Nautanwa.
What is Magh Mela?
Held annually on the banks of the Triveni Sangam (the confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers) in Prayagraj, the Magh Mela is one of the greatest Hindu religious fairs. Throughout the fair, the devotees take a holy dip in the Sangam on certain auspicious dates. It begins on the day of Makar Sankranti, that is, on January 14.
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The Mela is held according to the traditional Hindu calendar in the month of Magh (mid January-mid February) with the important bathing dates spread over a period of 45 days.
Special trains for the Mela
Six mela special trains by the North Eastern Railways
The North Eastern Railways will be operating two trains between Gorakhpur and Prayagraj and four trains between Gorakhpur, Nautanwa and Badhni for the Gorakhnath Mandir Khichdi Mela. Passengers can check important details of these trains such as timings and dates here.
18 special trains for Prayagraj by the Northern Railways
The Northern Railway has also announced 18 special trains for the Magh Mela. These trains will connect Lucknow, Bareilly, Faizabad, Jaunpur, Mankapur and Basti with Prayagraj. The Railway zone has announced the dates on which these trains will be running along with their stoppages and complete timetables on Twitter:
To clear the rush of pilgrims during ensuing Magh Mela-2021, the following special trains will run.
— DRM/LKO/NR (@drmlko25) January 9, 2021
Six mela special trains by the North Central Railways
For this auspicious fair, the North Central Railways will be running six trains. The trains will connect Prayagraj with Kanpur Central, Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Junction and Satna. The trains will be fully reserved. Check the timings, stoppages and dates of operations in the tweet below:
यात्रीगण कृपया ध्यान दें !
संगम की पावन धरती प्रयागराज में आयोजित होने वाले माघ मेला-2021 के दौरान यात्रियों की सुविधा हेतु उत्तर मध्य रेलवे द्वारा निम्नलिखित “आरक्षित” मेला विशेष गाडि़यों का संचालन किया जा रहा है। @GMNCR1 pic.twitter.com/sIXcP3wL83
— North Central Railway (@CPRONCR) January 11, 2021
The special trains are sure to provide devotees a safe and convenient mode of transportation to the mela!
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