akashiganga

Akashiganga is one of the most significant pilgrimage located in the north eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India. Akashiganga in Arunachal Pradesh is believed to be associated with the legend of Sati (the consort of Lord Shankar) recited in the 8th century Kalika Purana. The place provides a magnificent bird’s eye view of the Brahmaputra glimmering far below.

It is believed that, Lord Shankar when saw the dead body of Sati, could not resist himself from anger and started doing Tandava (the dance of destruction). To bring him (Lord Shankar) out of attachment for the dead body (of Sati) and save the world from destruction, Lord Vishnu used his ‘Sudarshan Chakra’ to cut the body into pieces.

During this process, it is said that, the head of Sati fell in the area, located about is 12-km from Malinithan towards Along in West Siang District of Arunachal Pradesh. This place is called Akashiganga and is very popular as a sacred place.

The nearest airport from Malinithan is Leelabari or Dibrugarh in Assam . A helipad is also situated at Along. Lilabari is also the closest airport from Itanagar (67 km). Both Malinithan and Itanagar is served by buses to Akasiganga. There is also a trice weekly Pawan Hans helicopter service between Itanagar and Guwahati (Assam) . From Itanagar you can pick a bus to Akashiganga.

There is a temple near the road. From there one has to go down 100 meters down through a spiral path, where a sparkling object can be seen in the ‘Kund’ but on going closer down, the object is invisible. Pilgrims take a holy dip in this Kund.

Along (Arunachal Pradesh) is 25 km from Akashiganga, which also provides a helipad. Likabali is 23 km, Malinithan is 12 km and Lilabari is 67 km from Akashiganga. Lilabari is 67 km from Itanagar, the capital of Arunachal Pradesh. Lilabari is connected to Guwahati in Assam by road and air. Guwahati to linked to all major cities of India by rail and air.