ITANAGAR, Jan 13: Governor Brig (Retd) Dr B D Mishra and Chief Minister Pema Khandu conveyed warm greetings to the people of the State on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti, Uttarayan, Pongal and Magh Bihu. They expressed hope that the festive season and the year ahead bring peace, happiness, joy and prosperity to all.
In his message, the Governor said that Makar Sankranti is one of the most propitious occasions for the Hindus, and is celebrated in all parts of the country with great devotion and religious fervour. Lakhs of devotees take a holy dip in sacred places like Gangasagar, Sangam at Prayagraj and Parashuram Kund in Arunachal Pradesh and pray to Lord Sun.
The Governor welcomed the devotees and pilgrims to Parashuram Kund and offered his prayers for the safe and secure holy dip of each pilgrim at the Kund.
Extending good wishes to the brothers and sisters of Assam on Magh Bihu, the Governor said, “I join the Magh Bihu celebrating Folds and pray for a ‘prosperity heralding’ year for the region”, while wishing that the festivity usher in happiness and amity for all. “May these festivals bind each one of us in fraternal love and amity,” he wished.
CM Pema Khandu said, January 14 this year is very auspicious and holy as people from different communities celebrate their festivals with ritualistic and religious fervor in different forms.
“As Hindu pilgrims and devotees will throng the holy site of Parashuram Kund in Lohit district to take a holy dip in the Lohit river, the Assamese and Tamil brethren will celebrate Magh Bihu and Pongal respectively,” he said.
Khandu, while welcoming pilgrims and devotees to Parashuram Kund, expressed pride that hundreds of Tamils and Assamese have made Arunachal Pradesh their second home and contributing to its development.
“The presence of various communities from different parts of the country and their festivities add to the distinct and unique identity of Arunachal Pradesh. Let’s join together and revel in our celebrations,” he remarked.
“As we welcome the Sun God and arrival of a new season, let us resolve to stand united against all odds and evils and start working for a brighter future,” Khandu added in the message.