Entering to the eastern part of Arunachal Pradesh will take you pass though the numerous tea gardens in Assam. Who does not know the world famous Assam CTC tea! The lush and green beautiful set up of each garden will enchant you throughout the journey.
There are many tea gardens in Arunachal Pradesh which looked familiar to the tea gardens of Assam. In such a lush and green garden we took a nature walk and enjoyed the calm and peaceful ambiance.
We travelled about 70 Kms from Namsai and stopped at Wakro for refueling and saw the signage of orange valley. Immediately I realized that we would now pass through the famous orange gardens of Arunachal Pradesh. As we moved further we saw plenty of orange trees and could not resist stopping at every turn and plucking some juicy oranges. We also bought some oranges which were sold by the locals on the roadside at very cheap price. It was the season for oranges. Later, on our onward journey we saw the entire east Arunachal Pradesh is full of orange gardens.
Another 15 Kms of travel and by 12.30pm we reached Parashuram Kund. This is a religious place visited mostly by the pilgrims from all over the country during mid-January on the eve of Makar Sankranti for a holy dip. It is here the sage Parashuram got rid of his sin of matricide. Let us take a brief look into the legends associated with this place and the sage Parashuram.
Sage Parashuram was the sixth Avatar of Lord Vishnu. He was the son of Renuka and sage Jamadagni. Though born a Brahmin, he was a Kshatriya by Karma, or deeds. He lived during the era of Ramayana and Mahabharata as well. In Ramayana, he was defeated by Lord Ram, while it was equal with his disciple Bhisma in Mahabharata. He received his famous weapon, a ‘Parashu’ (axe), after severe penance to Lord Shiva. But his axe got stuck to his hand after he killed his mother and it was at this place where it dropped after the holy dip in Brahma Kund and the place came to be known as Parashuram Kund.
As we entered the Parashuram Temple complex, we saw a temple dedicated to Gau Mata (Cow). We climbed many steps and then went down to the lower base of river Lohit. By the bank of river Lohit, there is a place marked as Brahma Kund. Pilgrims take bath on the flowing water from this Brahma kund. We encountered with the river Lohit for the first time here so closely. The aqua crystal water of river Lohit was so soothing that we relaxed for a while by the bank of it and amazed by the ambience.
Now, we had to climb many stairs on our return from the river bed. We did it gently and came to the Parashuram Temple.
One day, Renuka, mother of Parashuram, went to fetch water and was late in returning to the ashram. Sage Jamadagni seeing her delay perceived through his yogic power that she was enticed towards King Chitrnatha playing with the celestial nymphs. Jamadagni got furious and on her return to the ashram, asked his sons to kill her. None of his six sons except Parashuram obliged to his father. Poor Renuka was beheaded by her son Parashuram. However, the axe got stuck to the hand of Parashuram. Pleased, Jamadagni desired Parashuram to ask for any boon. Parashuram wished for bringing his dead mother alive. It was granted. But this did not wipe out his sin of matricide and he could not get rid of wedged axe. As advised, he then came to the Brahma Kund in present Lohit District of Arunachal Pradesh and took holy dip at Brahma Kund. It was then the axe stuck to his hand dropped. The place where the axe dropped came to be known as Parashuram Kund.
We resumed our onward journey. While crossing the bridge over river Lohit at Parashuram Kund, we stopped for a while. It is the place from where we could see the beautiful view of the Kund and axe shaped hill on the spot of Kund. This axe shaped hill resemblance the axe of Parashuram dropped at this place.
We set off again and a journey of another 15 Kms that we arrived at the place known as Tohangam. We took our lunch on a roadside Dhaba here. There is a Y junction here. The road on the left goes to the District headquarter town ‘Tezu’ and Hayuliang to the right.
Situated at a distance of 90 Kms from Parashuram Kund, Hayuliang was the destination for our first night stay. After lunch we continued our journey on the road to Hayuliang. We crossed Hawa Pass and reached a small village called Tidding.
The beautiful road journey continued and we reached the small town ‘Khupa’ where our accommodation was booked at Ampani Lodge, a government guest house. Khupa is very near to Hayuliang. It comes before the town Hayuliang. However, anybody can miss the road to Khupa as it diverts from the highway and goes backward on the left. It happened with us too and we travelled much ahead of it. We had to return back to the Police Check Gate from where exactly the road bifurcates on the left and goes backward to the hill.
We reached Ampani Lodge at around 8 PM. I saw my name appears on the notice board for reservation of rooms in this guest house. It is not easy to get an accommodation booked in advance in Arunachal Pradesh for lack of communication. It is also because that the reservations in the government guest houses are made by making applications to the office of the Deputy Commissioner of a particular District. I was lucky to get contact number of Dr Tojum who is the Circle Officer of Hayuliang in Anjaw District. I am so thankful to Dr Tojum for helping me in getting the accommodation reserved in advance. Anyone travelling to this part may contact him at +919436678755 provided he is still posted there.
Ampani Lodge is a nice guest house to be stayed at. Near to it, there is one private guest house also. In the town of Hayuliang, there is one private lodge and also a government guest house. There is limited facility for accommodation in most parts of Arunachal Pradesh and one has to bank on staying at government guest houses, that too if rooms are found available after arrival.
The journey to the Eastern Most East of India continued…..