In his message, Governor Mishra said Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Hindu community.
“This sacred day marks the beginning of a propitious phase of nature’s transition and the wheel of time. It also marks the beginning of warmer and longer days in the run up to the next equinox,” Arunachal Governor Mishra stated in his message.
“For Arunachal Pradesh and the Arunachalees, this festival has a special meaning. The holiest of the holy bathing place, Parasuram Kund, is located in Lohit district of the State. Every year, on Makar Sankranti day, thousands of people visit the sacred place and take holy dip in the Kund with reverence and religious fervour,” Governor Mishra said.
Welcoming the devotees and pilgrims to the Kund on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, on the behalf of the people and State Government, the Arunachal Governor offered his prayers for their well-being, safety and security during the pilgrimage.
The Governor asked the Lohit district administration and the organisers of the Mela to leave no stone unturned for ensuring care and convenience of the pilgrims visiting the Parasuram Kund.
“May Almighty Parasuram ji grant amity, happiness, and prosperity to every one of us,” he wished.
Arunachal Chief Minister Khandu in his message said, “Makar Sankranti, the first holy festival of the year for Hindus, marks the entry of the sun into zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) and is considered a good time for auspicious works. Let’s take this opportune moment to begin afresh to build a new and resurgent Arunachal Pradesh.”
The Arunachal CM reminded that the holy festival is significant for the State as thousands of devotees and pilgrims from far and wide throng the Parashuram Kund in Lohit district to take a dip in the Kund.
He welcomed all to the Kund and assured cooperation and support from the local populace as well as the district administrations.
Khandu also greeted all those who are celebrating the day by different names in different parts of the country.
“I wish the best and convey my greetings to all on the day of Lohri, Sukarat, Bihu and Pongal too. May all the festivals bring for us joy, good health and prosperity,” Khandu added.