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Seven sister state - ARUNACHAL PRADESH

Arunachal Pradesh

Arunachal Pradesh the 24th state of the Indian Union, is bounded by Bhutan to the west, Myanmar to the east China to the north-east and the plains of Assam to the south. Arunachal Pradesh is acknowledged to be one of the most splendid, variegated and multilingual tribal areas of the world. Arunachal is the largest state (area wise) in the north east region. the entire region had remained isolated since 1983 when the British stopped free movement. After 1947, Arunachal became part of the North East Frontier Agency. Its strategic significance was demonstrated by the Chinese invasion in 1962, and the Indian government subsequently broke up the agency giving statehood to all the territories surrounding Assam. Arunachal Pradesh finds mention in the literature such as the Kalika Puran and in the epics of Mahabharata and Ramayana. It is believed that sage Vyasa meditated here and also that the remains of the brick structure, scattered around two village in the hills north of Roing was the place of Rukmini, the consort of Lord Krishna. The sixth Dalai Lama was also born on the soil of Arunachal Pradesh.

Social and Cultural 
Arunachal Pradesh

The whole population of Arunachal can be divide into three cultural groups on the basis of their socio-politico religious affinities. there are three kinds of religions practiced here. The Monpas and Sherdukpens in Kameng and Tawang district, who met the Tibetans in the north, adopted Lamasim of the Buddhist faith, while the Khamptis in Lohit distict practice Mahayana Buddhism. The second group, Noctes and Wanchos in Tirap district, whose long association with the Assamese in the south, converted them to Hindus. They are associated with the practice of head hunting. The third group comprises of Adi, Akas, Apatains, Nishings, etc. - a large majority of the total population, who maintain their ancient belief and indigenous concepts of nature and worship the Donyi Polo (The Sun &Moon).
For about 35% of the population of Arunachal Pradesh, agriculture is main occupation. 17% of total cultivated area is under irrigation. The main crop is rice, grown on valley bottoms and on some terraced slopes. Maize, millets, pulses, potatoes, wheat and mustard are the other important crops. About 62% of the total area of the state is under forests. there is no large scale manufacturing industry, though some coal and lignite are mined. The principal industries are forest based. Forest products, especially bamboo, are vital resources. Saw mills, plywood and veneering mills, rice mills, fruit preservation units, soap and candle manufacturing, steel fabrication, oil expellers are in the medium and small industrial sectors.

Arunachal Pradesh Festivals

Festivals are an essential part of the socio cultural life of the people. The festivals are usually connected with agriculture and are associated with ritualistic gaiety either to thank God or to pray for bumper harvest. Some of the important festivals are Mopin and Solung of Adis, Lossar of Monpas & Sherdukpens and Boori-Boot of the hill miris, dree of the Apatanis, Si-Donyi of Tagins, Nyokum of Nishing, Reh of Idu Mishmis, Tamladu of Mishmi, Loku of Nocte, Mol of Tangsa, Sanken of the Khampti and Singpho, Khan of the Miji, Nechi Dau of the Akase of the Tagins, Ojiale of the Wancho, Kshyat-Sowai of the Khowa, Longte Yullo of the Nishing etc.

Places of Interest
Arunachal Pradesh

Along, Annini, Bhismaknagar (archaeological sites), Bomdila(at a height of 2530 mts provides a panormaic views of the Himalayan landscapes and snow clad ranges), Changlong, Doparijo, Itanagar(Capital, with excavated ruins of historical Ita Fort and attractive Ganga Lake), Pasighat, Malinithan(archaeologial sites), Sessa(Orchid Park), Namdhapha(wildlife sanctuary in Changlang district), parasuramkund (place of Pilgrimage), Tawang (at a height of 12000 ft, 400 year old Buddhist Monastery associated with famous Torgva festival, is the largest of its kind in the country and is the birth place of the 6th Dalai Lama), Ziro, Tipi (orchidarium with over 7500 orchids), Akashiganga (bird's eys view of the Brahmaputra, Talley Valley(eco tourism), Roing and Miao.

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