DIBRUGARH, Jan 16 � About 75,000 devotees including hundreds of Sadhus from across the country took a holy dip in Parshuramkund, in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh on the occasion of Makar Sankranti on Sunday.
Most of the pilgrims were from Nepal, Manipur, Maharastra, Rajasthan, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and various parts of Assam and Arunachal according to Lohit DC, RK Sharma.
Last year, about 70,000 pilgrims thronged the Kund and took a holy dip. This year, the number of visitors was a little higher than last year and the overall figure of the pilgrims visiting the holy Kund is expected to touch about one lakh by end of this month.
On the mela site free food is provided to the pilgrims by the Parshuram Sewa Samity of Tinsukia, Manav Utthan Seva Samity, Tinsukia, Border Road Organisation and some other NGOs. Free medical camp has also been organised by the ITBP, Lohit district medical authorities, Arunachal Pali Vidyapith, Chongkham and Arun Jyoti.
Volunteers are working round the clock to help the old and physically challenged pilgrims and to control the crowds. The volunteers are from Vivekananda Kendra and Arun Jyoti, Tezu.
Swami Adhokshanand, the Sankaracharya of Goverdhanpeeth also visited the Kund and took a holy dip. He expressed satisfaction on the arrangement and wished a peaceful life to the people. Some international tourists also visited the Kund.
Parasuram Kund is regarded as a very holy place for Hindus. Every year in the month of January, the devotees from abroad and the country throng the Kund to take a holy dip in the river.