ITANAGAR: Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu on Saturday virtually launched the official website of the ensuing Parshuram Kund Festival, besides releasing the festival logo and a promotional video compiled by the Lohit district administration.
The website – www.parshuram-kund.in – will offer all information and logistic support to visitors and pilgrims coming to take a dip at the Kund, believed to wash away all sins during the festival.
Also known as the Kumbh of North-East, the festival is scheduled to be celebrated from January 12 to 16 this year.
Appreciating the Lohit district administration for the elaborate arrangements made and services offered, both online and offline, Khandu said, "This time we are expecting around 1.5 lakh pilgrims during the festival. The district administration of Lohit has done exceptional work in improving the road connectivity and other facilities for the smooth conduction of the festival. My compliments to the officials for promoting the festival in such an organized and grand manner", he added.
The Chief Minister expressed optimism that the official website for the festival launched would enable the administration to efficiently manage the five-day festival and ensure improved travel and stay experience for tourists.
It is believed that a dip in the holy water of Parshuram Kund washes away all the sins. Thousands of devotees visit the sacred shrine of Parshuram in Tezu every year.
Under the PRASAD scheme of the Central Government, the Kund site on the banks of the river Lohit has witnessed a massive transformation in the last couple of years to accommodate the increased tourist footfall.
Khandu assured Government support in organizing the festival every year by continuing to improve the facilities as required depending on the trend of footfall count.
"Locals of the area are already benefiting from tourists visiting the holy site all around the year. In the long run, the Mela will boost the tourism economy of the entire State. Let us together work for making this festival a grand success", he said.
Khandu took to his social media handles to promote the festival urging all to visit 'Amazing Arunachal' for a 'lifetime experience'.
It may be noted that Khandu has about 2.58 lakh followers on Twitter.
The virtual ceremony was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Chowna Mein, MP Tapir Gao, Anjaw MLA Dasanglu Pul and Chairman APMD&TC Dr Mohesh Chai, along with Lohit district administration officials.
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