Foundation stone laid for Parshuram Kund in Arunachal
- Government has commenced work for the development of ‘Parshuram Kund’ in Arunachal Pradesh.
- It is a Hindu pilgrimage site on the Brahmaputra plateau in the lower reaches of the Lohit river in Arunachal Pradesh.
- This development work has been initiated under the PRASHAD scheme (National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive).
- Parshuram Kund is located in Lohit district and is dedicated to sage Parshuram.
- The place attracts pilgrims and tourists from various parts of the country.
- Approximately 70,000 devotees and sadhus take a holy dip in its water each year to mark the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti which occurs in the month of January.
National Mission on Pilgrimage Rejuvenation and Spiritual, Heritage Augmentation Drive (PRASHAD) Scheme
- It is a Central Sector Scheme fully financed by the Government of India.
- It was Launched by the Ministry of Tourism in the year 2014-15.
- integrated development of identified pilgrimage and heritage destinations.
- Harness pilgrimage tourism for its multiplier and direct effect on employment generation and economic development.
- Follow pro-poor tourism concept and community-based development in the development of the pilgrimage destinations.
- Leveraging public expertise and capital.
- Enhance tourist attractiveness sustainably by developing world-class infrastructure in religious destinations.