spread across the vast network of Indian Railways, there are some particular railway stations that will actually remind you of your loving family members. These railway stations will, of course, give you a dose of laughter too. Check them out and know why they seem to be family members!
If we go by the literal meaning, this should be the ‘Bap’ of all railway stations, as Bap in Hindi means ‘father’. It falls under the Bikaner division, which is a part of the North Western Railways. Now, how did this station get its name? As per the records, the station gets its name from the adjacent Bap village, which is situated in the Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. As to how this village was named, there is no clear answer.
In Hindi, Nana means grandfather. While passing through this railway station, it will surely remind you of your grandfather. The Nana railway station got its name for its neighbouring village, and is administered by the Ajmer division of North Western Railway. The railway station situated in the Pali district of Rajasthan, goes by the name of Nana village. It got its name from its ancient name, Nanaka, but has no connection with a grandfather.
Bettiah, means daughter in Hindi, and although this station goes by this name, it has nothing to do with a daughter. As per the records, the West Champaran district of Bihar was once ruled by the Brahmin clan, whose rule was referred to as Bettiah Raj. And since the rule of Bettiah rulers brought prosperity to this city, people at that time decided to name the city after its ruling family. This is how this station got its name; it now serves as an important halt for many trains moving through Bihar.
Odhaniya Chacha (OCH)
Chacha, in Hindi, refers to ‘uncle’. This station falls in Jaisalmer district, and serves as a halt for passenger trains between Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. Although, the total number of trains that pass through this junction is 31, only two passenger trains halt here for some time.
In India, sister-in-laws are fondly called Sali. Interestingly, there is also a railway station that goes by this name. Administered by the Jaipur division of the North Western Railways, you will come across this station along the Jaipur-Ajmer railway line. Although, as per the records, just two passenger trains halt at this station, it has been operational since the British Raj days.
In Hindi, Saheli means a ‘friend who is a girl’. And when in India, you also come across Saheli railway station, which falls in Bhopal-Nagpur section. No one in fact knows how this small village, in Kesla Tehsil in Hoshangabad district in Madhya Pradesh, got its name, Saheli! However, its railway station, administered by the Nagpur division of Central Railways goes by this name, and does not register much train traffic for most part of the day.
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