Enthused by a huge footfall of pilgrims at Parshuram Kund – an important shrine located in the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh – Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein on January 14 announced to make the annual Parshuram Kund Mela a calendar event to boost spiritual tourism in the Northeast state.
Mein took stock of the preparations for the mela and said that the state government is contemplating to promote Parsuram Kund, a holy pilgrimage site in Lohit district, as one of the religious hotspots of the state.
Mein was on a physical survey with the officers of Lohit and Namsai districts to inspect the various facilities at the festival site. The deputy chief minister also inaugurated a health camp and food stall set up by CRPF at the festival site.
Mein, accompanied by Namsai MLA Chau Zingnu Namchoom, Lekang MLA Jummum Ete Deori, Anjaw MLA Dasanglu Pul and former legislator of Chongkham Chow Tewa Mein, offered prayer and obeisance at the temple of Lord Parshuram.
He informed that he has directed the district administration of Lohit and Namsai to prepare a blueprint to make the religious event one of the biggest-ever and establish it as an annual calendar event at the national and international level as thousands of pilgrims visit the place in winter every year.
He added that the festival would also provide livelihood opportunities for the local which would focus on the business activities for better economic generation for rural tourism.
The DCM also directed the district administration to explore scope for creating facilities for trekking from Tezu to Glow Lake which takes one day, hiking and river rafting and angling in river Lohit.
Parasuram Kund, nestled in the lower reaches of Lohit River in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh has been regarded as holy place for Hindu devotees. Every year in the month of January, the devotees thronged the Kund to take a holy dip in the river which has its own importance.