Thousands gather at Parshuram Kund for holy dip on Makar Sankranti

The sleepy landlocked township of Wakro in the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh is abuzz again with activities as pilgrims, tourists and businessmen have started streaming across the town to take a holy dip at the Parshuram Kund. The holy place, according to Hindu mythology, sees thousands of devotees gather for the Parshuram Kund mela during Makar Sankranti.

More than one lakh devotees, including thousands of sadhus from across the country, will take a holy dip in Parshuram Kund on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Parasuram Kund, nestled in the lower reaches of Lohit river in the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh has been regarded as holy place for Hindu devotees. Every year in the month of January, the devotees from abroad and country thronged the Kund to take a holy dip in the river which has its own importance. The legendary beheading of his mother by Parshuram and eventual penance followed by taking a bath in the so called Brahma Kund, has added religious significance to this naturally beautiful Kund. The legendary story of Parshuram Kund also finds its mention in many puranic texts in different ways.

“Adequate arrangements; including safety at the bathing place, renovation of RCC stairs, lightening, availability of drinking water, parking place, barricades in entry and exit points, dustbins, accommodation of pilgrims and adequate deployment of police personnel have been made,” said mela officer and EAC Wakro Dakto Riba.

Two different check gates at Dirak (near Mahadevpur) in Namsai district and Wakro check post has been sensitized for easy flow of pilgrims.

How to reach: Dibrugarh is the nearest airport. One can reach Parshuram Kund by travelling through Tinsukia (nearest Railway station), Rupai, Kakopathar, Namsai. The place is also popular for picnic during this time of the year.

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