This year the number of visitors was less than the last year due to frequent Assam bandh and 96 hours Likang circle bandh.
Over 8,000 devotees, including sadhus from across the country, took a holy dip in Parshuram Kund in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Most of the pilgrims, from Nepal, Manipur, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh , Assam and Arunachal Pradesh made comfortable holy site since wee hour of January 13.
Lohit deputy commissioner Karma Leki said ” this year the number of visitors was less than the last year due to frequent Assam bandh and 96 hours Likang circle bandh. This kind of frequent bandh call has caused fear psychosis or insecurity in the mind of pilgrims resulting poor turn up”, rues Parsuram Baba.
However the district administration constantly monitoring the Mela, have left no stone unturned to ensure a successful and incident-free Mela.
Horki Diyum EAC Wakro and Mela Officer inform that ” around 8024 turn up of devotees till this evening at 6 PM. He also said pilgrim’s inflow increasing gradually however in comparison to last year crowd this year is poor. Last year about 30,000 pilgrims thronged the kund and took a holy dip, the Mela officer reveals’.
On the mela site, A free health camps have been organised by Zonal Hospital, Tezu, 25th BN ITBP, Kanchipuram Mart Kerala. Simultaneously, free food has been provided to the pilgrims by the Parshuram Sewa Samity Tinsukia from neighbouring Assam besides Border Road Organization and some other NGOs.
Round-the-clock volunteers to help the aged pilgrims and to control the crowd were being provided by Vivekananda Kendra and Arun Jyoti, Tezu.
The district police authorities have made security arrangements and deployed adequate police and paramilitary forces.
According to the legend recorded in the Kalika Purana, Srimad Bhagawat Gita and the Mahabharata, sage Parsurama washed away his sin of matricide in the waters of the Lohit River at Bramhakund.
Situated within the Kamlang reserve forest, the Kund is surrounded by dense forest of Ruddhraksha trees, the fruit of which is considered sacred to Hindu ascetics as well as general believers of the faith.