Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Monday said the Sampark Kranti Express train between Ahmedabad and Delhi will be renamed as Akshardham Express as a tribute to Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the spiritual guru of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha.
He made the announcement as part of the month-long Pramukh Swami centenary celebrations of the BAPS Swaminarayan sect, which was launched on December 14 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and current BAPS chief Mahant Swami Maharaj.
”As a tribute to Pramukh Swami Maharaj, the Sampark Kranti Express connecting Delhi and Ahmedabad will soon be renamed as Akshardham Express,” Vaishnaw told reporters at Pramukh Swami Maharaj Nagar that has been set up over 600 acres on the outskirts of the city.
Vaishnaw took the blessings of current BAPS chief Mahant Swami Maharaj and lauded the sect’s humanitarian work.
Pramukh Swami Maharaj was born on December 7, 1921 and became chief of the BAPS Swaminarayan sect in 1950. He died on August 13, 2016.