60,000 pilgrims take dip in Parsuram Kund

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Itanagar, Jan 16 (UNI) About 60,000 devotees, including hundreds of sadhus from across the country, took the holy dip in Parsuram Kund, in Arunachal's Lohit district within the past two days on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.

Additional Deputy Commissioner R K Sharma said that most of the pilgrims were from Nepal and states of Maharashtra, Manipur and various parts of Assam and Arunachal Pradesh.

Last year, 25,000 pilgrims thronged the kund to take the dip, despite disturbance in neighboring Assam following attack on Hindi speaking people.

However, the number of pilgrims to the site was low in comparison to 2006, which recorded more than one lakh devotees.

On the mela site free food was provided to the pilgrims by the Parshuram Sewa Samity of Tinsukia and some other NGOs. Free medical camp was also organized by Arunachal Pali Vidyapith, Chongkham. The District police authorities had made elaborate security arrangements and deployed adequate Police and Para Military Forces to thwart off any untoward incidents during the two-day mela, the ADC added.

Organising North East Folk Dance Festival, sponsored by North East Zone Cultural Center, Dimapur in collaboration with Department of Art and Culture and Lohit District Administration in the mela site during the two days gave a new dimension to the Mela celebration.

The message of peace, unity and brotherhood was disseminated in the common masses through the festival and the rich cultural heritage of Assam, Nagaland, Manipur, Mijoram, Tripura and Arunachal Pradesh was showcased by various cultural teams. State Rural Development and Rural Works Department Minister Chowna Mein inaugurated the festival while Local MLA Chow Tewa Mein extended peace of advice.

Further, performance of Bhajans by a Makum based organization and religious discourse by the group of Haridwar based Satpal ji Maharaj were also the attraction of the mela.

Parasuram Kund, nestled in the lower reaches of Lohit River in Lohit district, has been regarded as a holy place for Hindus. Every year in the month of January, devotees from abroad and within the country throngs the Kund to take holy dip in the river, which has its own importance.

The legendary butchering of his mother's head by Parashuram and eventual penance followed by taking a bath in the so called Bhrama Kund, has added religious significance to this naturally beautiful Parashuram Kund.

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