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Ramakrishna Mission introduces toy train for the elderly

In a novel gesture to assist the elderly and inform devotees who visit Belur Math every day, Ramakrishna Mission authorities have introduced a toy train to take them to the newly built dining hall from the Math.

Swami Smaranananda, one of the vice-presidents of the order inaugurated the train at a function at Belur Math on Saturday which was the first day of the Bengali New Year.

Around 54 people can travel in the battery-operated toy train that has three coaches. The ride is free. The toy train will pick up devotees from the Math campus and will pass through the pathway in front of the museum and will come out of the main entrance to take a left turn and reach the new dinning hall.

The old dinning hall situated opposite the building where Swamiji had lived has been dismantled.

Swami Suvirananda, general secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission said earlier that a battery-operated golf cart with the capacity of 10 people used to ply within the Math premises. But over the years, the number of devotees has gone up and as the new dinning hall is situated at a distance, it would be difficult for the elderly devotees to reach there. The new toy train will give relief to them, he observed.
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