Spl train to mark Swami Vivekananda’s return day on Feb 19

Kolkata, Feb 13: Eastern Railway will run a special train from Budge Budge to Sealdah February 19 to mark the 122nd return day of Swami Vivekananda from Chicago where he had delivered the historic lecture, railway sources said Tuesday.

On his way back to Kolkata from the US city in 1897, Vivekananda had travelled from the then Madras by steamer, which docked at Budge Budge on the banks of River Hooghly, 25 km away from the metropolis. Vivekananda had travelled by train to Kolkata from Budge Budge, in South 24 Parganas district, February 19, 1897, to a rousing welcome and reception at the railway station here.

Swami Vivekananda had delivered the historic lecture at the Parliament of the World’s Religions in 1893 but returned to India four years later after extensively travelling through the US and UK, delivering lectures.

To commemorate the occasion, Eastern Railway will run one Electric Multiple Unit (EMU) special train from Budge Budge to Sealdah (South) station February 19, an ER spokesman said. The flower-bedecked train will leave Budge Budge station at 11 am and arrive at Sealdah (South) station at 12.10 pm, the official said. (PTI)

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