First Aastha train departs Goa for Ayodhya with 2000 devotees | Goa News – Times of India


NORTH GOA: The first Aastha train from Goa has set off on its journey to Ayodhya with approximately 2000 passengers. The departure was marked by the presence of the party’s state president, Rajya Sabha MP, local leaders, and Goa’s chief minister, Pramod Sawant. Chief minister Pramod Sawant stated that the entire Goa Cabinet of Ministers will visit Ram Mandir on February 15.
“The first Astha train from Goa to Ayodhya has started.The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has organized this train for all the people of Goa who are going to Ayodhya. I am here with our party’s state president, Rajya Sabha MP and our local leaders to bid farewell to the train passengers who are going to Ayodhya. Approximately 2000 people from Goa are going to Ayodhya today. On the 15th of this month, we will visit Ram Lalla with the entire cabinet of Goa and the people of Goa. It is a matter of fortune for us that for the first time, we are visiting Ram Lalla with all the people of Goa,” he said.
In a separate event, Union Minister of State for Railways Darshana Jardosh flagged off the Surat to Ayodhya Dham Special Tourist ‘Aastha’ train from Surat Central Railway Station on Sunday. Lord Ram devotees from Jalandhar also boarded an ‘Aastha Special Train’ on Friday. Another Aastha special train started its journey to Ayodhya from the Kochuveli railway station in Thiruvananthapuram on Friday.
The Indian Railways is operating over 200 Aastha special trains from various cities and towns across India to Ayodhya for the darshan of Ram Lalla in the newly-built Ram Mandir. Each Aastha train consists of 20 sleeper coaches and can accommodate around 1,400 people.
Since the ‘Pran Pratishtha’ ceremony of Ram Lalla on January 22, a large number of devotees have been visiting the temple.



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