Arunachal Pradesh deputy chief minister Chowna Mein on Tuesday said that the State Government is planning to make the Parasuram Kund Mela an annual calendar event in order to boost spiritual tourism in the state.
He also said that he has directed the Lohit district administration to prepare a blueprint for making the religious fair of the state ‘one of the biggest ever’ and establish it as an annual calendar event at the national and international level.
The Parsuram Kund Mela began at Lohit district on Tuesday.
He also directed the district administration to take steps for development of trekking facilities from Tezu to Glow Lake and also plan to introduce activities such as hiking, river rafting and angling on the river Lohit.
Mein on Tuesday had gone to Parasuram Kund for carrying out some inspection work.
He inspected the tourist lodge, the pilgrims’ guest house, the transit hospital, the ‘mela office’, the police outpost and the newly laid approach road to the lord Parasuram temple.
He also inaugurated some stalls, LED screen and health camp at the Parasuram Kund Mela.
According to the district administration, the fair had recorded over 12,000 pilgrims till late Tuesday evening.
It may be mentioned that according to Hindu mythology, Lord Parasuram had taken a bath at the kund in order to get rid of the sin of having beheaded his mother.
There is a popular belief that a dip in the Parasuram Kund washes away one’s sins.
A number of devotees flock to Parasuram Kund every year, especially on Makar Sankranti to take a dip in the sacred place.