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India Travel > Arunachal Pradesh > Tezu/Parasuram Kund

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Tezu/Parasuram Kund: From Pasighat to Shilapathar by bus—another 10 miles ahead of Shilapathar, one needs to cross over Brahmaputra from Sonarighat to reach Dibrugarh. Ferocious river and it takes time to cross-over sometimes for lack of water. Tinsukia is connected by both bus & train services with Dibrugarh. Tezu is 120 km away from Tinsukia. There is train service on Dibrugarh/Guwahati-Tinsukia-Makum-Ledo route. Makum Jn is 56 km from Dibrugarh, 21 hrs journey. Since train services are highly irregular on this route, it is convenient to travel by bus from Tinsukia to Tezu. Tourists may arrive at Dhaolaghat via Makum/Dum-Duma/Namsai & then crossing Brahmaputra by ferry, Sadiaghat of Arunachal may be reached. Arrival at Roing is through the Sonpura check post (ILP Reqd) on the way.
 

There are two ordinary hotels, Forest Bungalow and Circuit House at Roing. AB : DC, Dibang Valley WLS, Roing. Circuit House is beautifully located. Mehao-Lake is 12 km from Roing. The road is difficult to access. All four sides of the lake are surrounded by hills. Surrounding the Lake is Mehao Reserve Forest with an area of 281 sq km. One can listen to the concerts by known and unknown birds every now & then here. Permission for the visit of the forest and accommodation at bungalow are available from DFO, Roing. It is convenient to directly reach Tinsukia from Guwahati by bus for on-ward travel to Tezu.

 

Dihang and Debang rivers flow along the west of Sadia and merge with Lohit. From Sadia the three flows constitute Brahmaputra. Sadia was once developed as a modern town. Consequent upon the earthquake in 1950, Brahmaputra changed course and Sadia was destroyed. Today it is like an island. Digaru is not very far. Panra (sweet) is renowned here. On the way plenty of Mithuns (cross-bid of cow & buffalos) may be seen. Tezu js 64 km fromjiadia by bus. Nearest airport is Dibrugarh (140 km) or Mohanbari (148 km). There is an airport 20 km away from Tezu town, however no air-service is available currently.


Tezu the district HQ of Lohit district is called the Kashmir of Arunachal. Tajeb river flows by the side of the town, hence name Tezu. It is believed that it was part of ancient Sonitpur. Natural beauty is pleasant, climate is healthy. Buildings are made of wood. This is the homeland of Mishmi tribe. They are very simple and calm and it is believed that they are the descendents of Parsuram. Tezu has also a Shiva temple, the deity brought from Bhismaknagar and a Buddhist monastery. Cane hat crafted by the Mishmi is well renowned.


On one side of Tezu is Himalaya standing as a wall, on the other side at the foot-hills of Sourasila mountain is ever green land watered by rivers i.e Dikrang Valley. To the east of Dikrang is Sourasila and to the west is Swarnasree river, to the south is Brahmaputra and to the north is Manas Sarovar. Dikrang is mentioned in Kalikapuran as Dikkarabasini. The river Dikrang flows and is merged with Dibang at Sadia. First rays of the rising Sun fall on this Sourasila.


Another attraction of the valley is Wallong—hilly sanatorium in the midst of beautiful natural beauty. In 1962 Indo-China war Wallong was the victim. Today however it is normal and smell of gunpowder evaporated long back.


On Tezu-Sodia road at 22 km away at Somrapith, the Baghrabahini Devi or Ksaisakati temple of Adi tribes is located. It is also called the ferocious Tamreswari temple. The deity is titled as Kancha-
Kheko i.e green-horn eater. It has similarly with Goddess Kali. In the past the top of this rectangular shaped temple was covered with copper (lama). Hence it is called Tamreswari. Human sacrifice was the ritual here. However currently neither is deity nor is the temple—yet the ruins of the temple is a holy-place even today.

 

Parsuram Kunda: To the N-East of India as well as to the east of Arunachal is Lohit district. Mismi, Khamti & Sinko tribals live here. Khamtis are expert warrior class and are developed in education and knowledge. They are Buddhist, script and language are Thai. Lohit river originated in Tibet flows here. Not much is known about its past. In 1840 a British named Dalton discovered a Kunda i.e a small tank (70x30') on the southern bank of Lohit at one of its bend. This is a holy pilgrimage centre for the Hindus. The story of this Kunda is relating to emotional love and passion between the beautiful wife Amogha of Rishi Santanu & Lord Brahma. Kalikapuran illustrates however that Renuka wife of Rishi Jamadyagni became the victim of youthful King Chitrarath. Angry Rishi ordered his son Bhargab to kill his mother Renuka. Accordingly he killed his mother with the Parsu (the axe) and then took bath here in this Kunda, drank its water & got rid of the sin he committed. Since then Debpani or Brahma Kunda in the past has become Parsuram Kunda. The new Parsuram temple was built in 1971. The idol of Parsuram is made of stone.


One month mela is held during Makar Sankranti, the pilgrims take bath here. The word goes that a person will get rid of all the sins committed by him in case he takes a dip here. However dip is not allowed as long as the parents are alive. The ancient Kunda is no longer there. The flood in 1843 and the earthquake in 1950 have destroyed it & now under Lohit.


For Kolkata tourists the easiest route is via New Bongaigaon/Guwahati/Dimapur/Tinsukia/Tezu. From Tezu one has to travel 21 km by jeep. Crossing the mountain and Digaru river, through a forest route he has again to cross Lohit, 3 km further up the hill is Dharmashala. Beyond Dharamshala desending a little is the location of Kunda. Beyond Kunda on the hill is Parsuram temple. Ancient Tamreswari temple is no longer there. Instead a new temple of Ram, Lakshman. Sita & Hanuman has been built. The tourists are amazed to see the beauty of the road. Interested tourists may trek a bit on the hill and visit Glo lake. Direct bus service is available from Tinsukia. The road was built in 1986. Bus travels along Tinsukia/Dumduma/Dirakgate/Wakro route to 17 km farther at Parsuram Kunda.


IB & Dharamsala are available at Dirakgale, Namsai, Chowkham, Wakro on the way. No need to walk on this route. Conveyance facilities increase during fair (mela). Special bus & ILP are easily available then. Temporary accommodations are created at the foot-hills. At Kund Dharamsala, PWD IB, DB are available. There is a Rest House at Timaia ghat. CH, IB, DB, H Shanna and ordinary hotels are Tezu. Midway between the airport and town is the Tourist L of tourist dept. Hence it is convenient to stay overnight at Tezu while travelling on this route. Hotels, Dharamsala & Forest Bungalow are available at Namsai too. At Saikia ghat IB of Arunachal Govt or Assam Govt & at Sadia IB & DB of Assam Govt are available. Booking for Bungalow: DC, Tezu. Dharamsalas are available at Dirakgate, Chowthan and Wakro.

 
 

 

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