Basistha temple (Basistha Ashram) of Assam
Assam has a great influence of Hinduism and one can find many temples in Assam. The various kings who ruled Assam have built various temples to show their gratitude towards their deities and built temples in honour of them. Guwahati particularly has many temples and has been bestowed as 'the Temple city'.
Basistha temple or Baistha ashram is one of the temples located in Guwahati city. The temple is located in the Beltola area in Guwahati and is a major tourist puller to the state of Assam. The temple/ashram has a land of 835 bighas and stands in the bank of the river Basistha with a calm and serene environment with natural beauty. The temple has various terracotta and stone figures throughout the temple. Inside the temple a cave is located where Maharishi Basistha used to live. There is also a waterfall in the Ashram premises.
History of Basistha temple or Basistha Ashram, Assam
The Basistha temple which is located on the south-east corner of Guwahati was constructed by the then Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in 1751-1769 AD. The temple is essentially a Shiva temple and the history of the temple dates back to the Vedic Age. The ashram is believed to belong to Maharishi (great saint) Vashistha who is mentioned in the great Hindu epic- Ramayana. It is believed that the great saint brought an end to his life at this ashram.
Various devotees from all over the country flock to this place to worship in this place where the great Saint laid down his life.
How to reach Basistha Ashram, Assam
Basistha Ashram is situated at a distance of 12 kilometers from the main city of Guwahati on the outskirts of Garbhanga forest reserve. The ashram is accessible through road and many buses head to this ashram from most part of Guwahati. Taxi services and auto services are also available for visiting this Ashram.