Recently, the Arunachal Pradesh government informed that Parshuram Kund Festival (PKF), is to be celebrated from 12 to 16 January 2023.

 

About Parshuram Kund Festival

  • It is a Hindu pilgrimage site situated on the Brahmaputra plateau in the lower reaches of the Lohit River and 21 km north of Tezu in the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, India.
  • Devotees and sadhus take a holy dip in its water each year on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, in January.
  • It is also known as the Kumbh of the Northeast.
  • Religious significance — It is dedicated to a mythological figure sage Parshuram. This popular festival attracts pilgrims from Nepal, from across India, and from nearby states of Manipur and Assam.
  • The project “Development of Parasuram Kund” is sanctioned under the Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) Scheme of the Ministry of Tourism.

 

About the ‘PRASHAD Scheme’

  • The project is sanctioned under the ‘Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive’ (PRASHAD) Scheme of Ministry of Tourism.
  • PRASHAD is a Central Sector Scheme with complete financial assistance by the Government of India.
  • The scheme is launched by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15 with the vision of focused infrastructure development to harness pilgrimage and heritage tourism destinations.