Itanagar: The annual Parshuram Kund Festival 2023 got underway at the Hindu pilgrimage site under Wakro circle in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, official sources said.
The district administration has made elaborate arrangements to facilitate the pilgrims coming from various parts of the country and abroad to have a hassle-free holy dip at the Kund on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, which falls on January 15. It is believed that a dip in the holy water of Parshuram Kund washes away all the sins.
Lohit Deputy Commissioner Shashvat Saurabh informed that free food and accommodation facilities have been arranged for the visiting pilgrims.
He said that more than 1.50 lakh pilgrims are expected to take part in the Parshuram Kund Festival, which commenced on Thursday.
Lohit district SP Minjom Ete said that sufficient police force has been deployed for the event and emergency services by NDRF and SDRF, Fire and Emergency Services personnel are ready to deal with any emergency-like situation.
Further, bio-toilets have been installed by the PHE & Water Supply Department for the pilgrims. Moreover, the Indian Army (4 Madras) has set up a medical camp at the festival ground along with the health unit from Zonal General Hospital, Tezu at all the strategic locations of the Kund.
A trade fair is also organised at the festival ground wherein vendors from all corners of the country have set up stalls. Further, the local people have also set up food stalls and local produce such as oranges.
Any information relating to transformation, accommodation, and registration of visitors can be availed from the festival’s official website – www.parshuram-kund.in, the DC said.
Besides, pilgrim facilitation centres have been set up at Dirak check gate in Namsai district, Shantipur gate in Lower Dibang Valley, Digaru and Medo check gates in Lohit district will provide temporary ILP, and all other necessary information related to the Parshuram Kund Festival, he informed.