On the auspicious occasion of Navratri, the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) has introduced a special Navratri menu in trains. “During the auspicious festival of Navratri, IR brings to you a special menu to satiate your Vrat cravings, being served from 26.09.22 – 05.10.22.
During Navratri, devotees fast for nine days while seeking blessings from Goddess Durga. As per traditions, people usually eat food like kuttu ki puri, singhare ke pakode, sabudana khichdi and sabudana vada among others.
The IRCTC is offering the new menu at a starting price of Rs 99.
Passengers will be offered starters which are made with sendha namak instead of the usual table salt. In addition, the items will be completely free of onion and garlic.
The starters menu consists of aloo chaap and sabudana tikki.
The main course includes paneer makhmali and sabudana khichdi, kofta curry, paneer makhmali and parathas.
Besides this, IRCTC has also taken care of the desserts where it is offering sitaphal kheer.
The move is likely to facilitate travel during the fasting period as now passengers will be able to get their Navratri meal in the train itself. Passengers can use IRCTC’s e-catering service and book their special Navratri thali on tickets from September 26 till October 5. One can also book their Navratri thali on the phone number 1323.
The 9-day Navratri festival started today on September 26 and will last till October 4. Navratri is dedicated to Goddess Durga and falls during the onset of autumn or Sharad in the month of Ashwin, Shukla Paksha (waxing phase of the Moon), and hence the name. On the first day, Mata Shailputri is worshipped. She is also known as Hemavati and Parvati.