Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday flagged off a Howrah-Puducherry Weekly Express from the Howrah station to commemorate the centenary year of Aurobindo's travel to the erstwhile French colony and establishing an ashram there for preaching ancient Indian philosophy and culture.

The “Aurobindo Express” was one of the several budget proposals of Ms. Banerjee this year.

“Puducherry is a seat of theological learning and Rishi Aurobindo is still loved by the people. The inaugural train will be received at the Puducherry station by members of the Auroville on April 10,” she said.

An interesting feature of the train is a special exhibition coach decorated with photographs of the life and times of Aurobindo and his philosophy.

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