Durga Puja celebrated onboard Swatantrata Senani Express

November 14th, 2007 - 2:35 am ICT by admin  
Twenty five workers of Swatantrata Senani Express, traveling from Darbhanga to New Delhi, decorated the pantry car with marigold flower strings and installed an idol of Goddess Durga.

The faithful held prayers in the train.

Passengers were in for a pleasant surprise as the railway staff invited a priest to offer prayers and perform rituals as the train halted midway at Patna.

“We are nearly 25 workers in the train and are celebrating this Navratri (the nine-day festival). As we miss our festival due to no holidays, therefore we celebrated it this way. Passengers, who are observing fast, are also facilitated this way,” said Ranjit Kumar, a pantry car worker.

In Mumbai, railway staff onboard Manmaad bound Panchwati Express organised Durga Puja prayers by decorating a train compartment.

The workers of Panchwati Express claimed that they have been celebrating the festival in this manner since 1994.

During the nine-day Navratri festival, the idol remains mounted on the train, they said.

Thousands of Hindus visit temples across the country marking the Navratras.

Celebrated over a period of nine nights and ten days to worship Goddess Durga during Ashwin Shukla Paksha as per Hindu almanac, Navratras are a major religious festival for all Hindus, as many of them fast during these days.

Goddess Durga is worshipped in all parts of the country in different forms. The festival is celebrated as Durga Puja in West Bengal, while in the rest of the country, it is known as Navratras. In Gujarat and Maharastra, it is celebrated with Garba and Dandiya-raas or traditional dance functions. (ANI)

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