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Railways Changes Ramayan Express Saffron Staff Uniform After Seers Object

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The Ramayan Express is provided with first-class eating places, a library and bathe cubicles.

Ujjain:

Bowing to protest by seers in Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh, the IRCTC on Monday night mentioned it can change the saffron apparel of waiters on board the Ramayan Express, which had invited the ire of a bit of sadhus.

The seers, earlier on Monday, had taken sturdy objection to the saffron apparel of waiters on board the IRCTC-operated Ramayan Express and dubbed it as an “insult” to Hindu faith.

They had threatened to cease the practice in Delhi on December 12 if the gown code was not withdrawn.

“We have written a letter two days again to the Union Railway Minister lodging our protest in opposition to waiters in saffron serving refreshments and meals within the Ramayan Express.

“Donning saffron apparel with sadhu-like headgear and carrying ‘malas’ (necklaces) of ‘rudraksha’ (sacred seeds) is an insult to Hindu faith and its seers,” Ujjain Akhada Parishad’s former basic secretary Avdeshpuri advised PTI.

He mentioned seers will cease the practice at Delhi’s Safdarjung railway station if the saffron gown code of the waiters was not modified, including it was crucial for safeguarding the Hindu faith.

The Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC), in a retweet to a media outlet which ran this company report, mentioned, “It is to inform that the dress of service staff is completely changed in the look of professional attire of service staff.”

When contacted for his response on the IRCTC announcement concerning the change in apparel, a delighted Avdeshpuri mentioned, “It is a victory of (Hindu) faith and ‘sanskriti’ (tradition)” and that it was his responsibility to lift the difficulty.

Ujjain metropolis, the place the well-known Shree Mahakaleshwar temple of Lord Shiva is situated, hosts Simhastha Kumbh Mela each 12 years.

The nation’s first Ramayan circuit practice chugged off on a 17-day journey from the Safdarjung railway station on November 7, and can go to 15 locations related to the lifetime of Lord Ram.

Covering a distance of greater than 7,500 km, the practice will take the pilgrims to locations akin to Ayodhya, Prayagraj, Nandigram, Janakpur, Chitrakoot, Sitamarhi, Nashik, Hampi and Rameshwaram.

The Ramayan Express is provided with first-class eating places, a library and bathe cubicles.

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