Hyderabad: Vivekananda Express, an exhibition train, showcasing the life, works and teachings of great spiritual leader Swami Vivekananda, was opened today by Swami Anupananda, Director, Ramakrishna Mission, here for public viewing at the Saloon siding adjacent to Platform No.10, Bhoiguda side of Secunderabad Railway Station. Entry for the exhibition is free and will be open for public viewing from 10 am to 08 pm from today till 30th May, 2011. Since morning, the Vivekananda Express started receiving large number of visitors.
Mr Ravi Kumar, Additional Divisional Railway Manager, Secunderabad Division, Mr K. Sambasiva Rao, Chief Public Relations Officer, Mr B. D. Christopher, Sr. Divisional Commercial Manager, Secunderabad Division were present.
Vivekananda Express was flagged off by Mamata Banerji, the then Minister of Railways on 12th January, 2011 from Howrah Railway Station on the occasion of celebrations of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda with a view to disseminate his legacy to the young generations. A tribute from Indian Railways, this special exhibition train will have air conditioned exhibition coaches with special exhibits such as photographs, write ups etc elucidating the life and philosophy of Swami Vivekananda spreading the message of religious harmony, universal brother-hood etc. This special exhibition train is scheduled to stop for exhibition at important stations over Indian Railways for a period of two years till 12th January, 2013.
After its exhibition at Kakinada Port Railway Station for three days, the Vivekananda Express arrived Secunderabad Station. It has further itinerary to stop for exhibition at Khammam from 31st May to 1st June, 2011, at Vijayawada from 2nd to 5th June, 2011 and at Guntur from 6th to 9th June, 2011 on South Central Railway before entering into Southern Railway.(NSS)