Parshuram Kund is a highly revered Hindu pilgrimage site in Arunachal Pradesh located in the lower reaches of the Lohit River, 21 km north of Tezu in the Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh, India. The shrine is devoted to the revered sage Parshuram and is a favored destination for pilgrims from Nepal, various parts of India, and neighboring states like Manipur and Assam. Every year, during the auspicious time of Makar Sankranti in January, over 70,000 devotees and sadhus gather to take a purifying dip in its sacred waters.
The site of the Parashuram Kund as established by the sadhu was in existence until the 1950 Assam earthquake that shook the whole of the North-East and the kund was completely covered. A very strong current is now flowing over the original site of the kund but massive boulders have in a mysterious way embedded themselves in a circular formation in the river bed thus forming another kund in place of the old.
Mythology and Significance
According to local mythology, Parshuram, the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, beheaded his mother Renuka with his axe on the orders of his father Rishi Jamadagni. Since he had committed the grave sin of killing one’s mother, the axe got stuck to his hand. However, his father was pleased with his obedience and decided to give him a boon. Parshuram asked for his mother to be restored back to life. Even after his mother was brought back to life, the axe could not be removed from his hand. This served as a reminder of the grave sin he had committed.