Itanagar: Union Home Minister Amit Shah, who is on a two-day tour to Arunachal Pradesh, on Saturday laid the foundation stone for construction of a 51-feet bronze statue of Bhagwan Parshuram at Parshuram Kund near Wakro in Lohit district.
Shah also unveiled a 5-feet-tall idol of Lord Parshuram at the historic pilgrimage site along the mighty Lohit river. He also interacted with the chief priest of the Mandir and local public leaders.
Earlier, upon his arrival at the shrine, the Union Home Minister was greeted by a group of cultural heads. He was accompanied by Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, and MP Tapir Gao.
Dedicated to Lord Parshuram, the famous pilgrimage site, situated in the lower reaches of Lohit river and 21 km north off Lohit district headquarters Tezu, attracts pilgrims from across the country and abroad. Every year thousands of devotees, sadhus throng to the Kund to take a holy dip in its water on the occasion of ‘Makar Sankranti’, which falls in the month of January.
Later, the Union Home Minister came back to Namsai, the headquarters of Namsai district, where he had a meeting with the State BJP Core Group, office bearers and karyakartas at the Golden Pagoda guest house in the evening.