The Kalika Puram states that a mere bath in the Parashuram Kund leads to emancipation and the waters of this kund are considered as sacred as the waters of the River Ganga. The Parashuram Kund is situated on the Brahmaputra Plateau in the lower reaches of the north of Tezu in Lohit District in Arunachal Pradesh, within the Kamlang Reserve Forest area and is surrounded by dense forest of Ruddhraksha trees which are considered sacred to Hindus. A visit to this kund can be life changing experience for devotees and visitors. Since time immemorial like most pilgrim centres in India Parashuram Kund is a source of spiritual inspiration for a congregation of devotees.
Fascinating enough, legend has it that when Parashuram killed his mother Renuka with an axe at the behest of his father Saint Jamadagni, the axe got stuck to his hands.
Parashurama roamed all over India visiting holy places to atone for his sins but the axe remained stuck to his hands. Ultimately Parashuram came to a Kund known as Brahma Kund now in Lohit district on the advice of some sages. Parashuram took a dip in the holy water of the Kund and the axe immediately became unstuck and fell from Parashuramas hands. With a big sigh of relief and venting anger on the axe, Parashurama picked it up and threw it as far as he could into the mountains. The axe split the mountains, and the spot where it fell became the source of Lohit River. It was thus that this Kund came to be known as Prashuram Kund.
Parashuram Kund is a small religious settlement with around 4 temples and one pilgrim complex. At that time there were just 4 people staying there taking care of everything, but pilgrim numbers toll up during Makar Sankranti. The auspicious ceremony takes place from midnight on the occasion of Makar Sankarnti when pilgrims in lakhs converge here in the water to take a dip and wash away their sins.
Accommodation can be a problem for the pilgrims but pilgrims bear the hardships with great valour and spend the night around the temple, wherever they can find some space to rest after a tiring journey. Sadhus from different sects from far off as the hills of Uttar Pradesh after their holy bath sing devotional songs remain in the kund for two nights. There is also some recreation in the form of a mela (fair) organized on the bank of the River Lohit. From the data available it is clear that regular approach routes to the kund were in existence for centuries but in 1826 when the British Administration took over this area, and introduced Inner Line regulations, pilgrims could not move into the interior with liberty. One has to obtain entry permit to cross the inner line check posts. The office of the Deputy Commissioner Lohit District issues these permits for pilgrimages on the occasion of Makarsankranti. Arrangements are also made to issue entry permits for pilgrims at Dirak and Sunpura check posts during this period. Parashuram Kund at Arunachal Pradesh is mostly visited during the months of November to February. The Govt of Arunachal extends all possible help for the pilgrims.
Places to look around:
Glow lake- You should definitely push yourself further to visit this huge lake on the mountains surrounded my snow capped peaks. It is located in the Wakhro Circle, at a height of 5000′ above sea level. The nearest road point is near Twam village on Chongkham-Wakro road from where one has to start trekking for the lake. Owing to absence of proper road, it becomes an adventurous trip to the lake.
LOCATION: TEZU – LOHIT, ARUNACHAL PRADESH, INDIA
Reach By Air: The nearest airports are Tezu and Dibrugarh (Assam).
Reach By Train: The nearest railway station is Tinsukia (Assam) – 120 km from where you can take buses via Namsai.
Reach By Road: Direct buses available from Sadia & Tinsukia (Assam)
Where to Stay: Circuit House, Tezu
Contact Information: Contact Deputy Commissioner, Tezu Phone : 03804 – 222222 (O), 222221 (R) for stay at the Circuit house at Tezu. Hotel Osen (Phone: 03804-222776, 223097)