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Day 8: Roing to Miao

Updated: Dec 16, 2019

After a nice puri baji breakfast, we left at 930am for our next destination. Car filter of one of the cars needed to be fixed, hence the delayed start. The drive to Miao was again now, we are used to some stunning scenes with each day bringing more of the beautiful nature for us to behold.

We had 2 stops en route to Miao.

First was Parasuram Kund.

It is a rock formation located in the lower reaches of the Lohit River. It is believed that Lord Parashuram the sixth incarnation of Lord Vishnu, on the orders of his father Rishi Jamadagni, beheaded his mother Renuka with his axe. Since he had committed one of the worst crimes of killing one's mother, the axe got stuck to his hand. His father pleased with his obedience decided to give him a boon to which he 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 was a reminder of the heinous crime he had committed. He repented for his crime and on taking the advice of eminent rishis of that time, he arrived at the banks of Lohit River to wash his hands in its pure waters. It was a way to cleanse him of all the sins. As soon as he dipped his hands into the waters the axe immediately got detached and since then the site where he washed his hands became a place of worship and came to be known by sadhus as Parashuram Kund. How far this story is credible is not known as not many have heard of it and neither has anyone come across it in the holy scriptures for Hindus such as the Vishnu Puran etc.

Also, there are many stories varying from region to region in India that describe the above.

Post lunch we stopped at the Golden Pagoda. The Golden Pagoda of Namsai, also known as Kongmu Kham, is a Burmese-style Buddhist temple that was opened in 2010. It is spread over 20 hectares of land and the height of the Pagoda is about 18m. The shrine hall has four entrances on east, north, west and south directions. The main entrance to the hall faces north. The main entrance to the Golden Pagoda complex faces towards the east, the direction where the Buddha attained Enlightenment. Each of the four entrances of the shrine hall is guarded by a pair of mythical lions. On four corners of the outer base of the main shrine is a traditional Bell post; Nang Vasundri or the Goddess that is known to witness the offerings made in the temple by humans, Chowsang Siwili at other corner and four deities statue in the last corner. There is a pond near the entrance Gate and the Ashoka pillar on the eastern side of the main shrine are some of the features of the Golden Pagoda complex.

The beautiful temple that also has a tall buddha made of cane right next to it.

We reached out hotel by 8 pm and the place was buzzing as there was a wedding taking place here....they were very intrigued to see outsiders while we were gawking at them...soon we tried to get to bed despite the loud music and sounds coming from the wedding.

Tomorrow we head to the Namdhapa National Park.

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