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Basistha Temple

Basistha Temple Guwahati is one of the prime attractions of the city and a place that is visited by a lot of devotees and travelers throughout the year. Built-in 1764 by Rajshwar Singha, Basistha Temple is located near the Garbhanga Reserve Forest on the southeastern side of the city and it is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Basistha Temple is a part of the Basistha Ashram but what attracts the tourists is the beauty and the surroundings of the place. The flora and diversity in fauna live in harmony at this place making it one of the top attractions in Assam.

Though the surroundings of the Basistha Temple and ashram are quite enchanting and flamboyant, it still has a few spots that leave people mesmerized. One of such locations in the cave, which is also called the meditating spot of saint Vashistha. This cave is approximately 5 km from the temple but inside the vicinity of the ashram. People hike to the spot, click some pictures and enjoy the beauty of the place. 

The Garbhanga Reserve Forest is also another very interesting and enchanting attraction for wildlife lovers. It is a prime spot for bird watchers and wildlife lovers. People come to this forest reserve to enjoy their time and click pictures of elephants, butterflies, and other birds. 

Here’s everything you should know about Basistha Temple

Basistha Temple History

This temple has been described as one of the seven Shakti Peethas in the Kalika Purana. Also, the temple's history goes back to the Vedic age. The Basistha Ashram was founded by the well-known saint Vasistha. 

As per the legends, once saint Vasistha went to Kamarupa to pay respects to Goddess Kamakhya, and when king Naraka tried to stop him, Vasistha cursed him. He also built a hermitage at the Shandhyachal and continued to live meditating on Shiva. He is also credited with writing the Vasistha Ramayana. It is believed that he dies at the ashram itself and that is quite evident with the saint’s grave on site. 

Basistha Temple Architecture

The well-known Ahom King Rajeswar Singha commissioned Basistha Temple in the year 1851 to 1769. The architecture of the temple is endowed by the terracotta and stone sculptures that can be witnessed inside the temple and the hills and stones in proximity. 

Also, the temple is connected with the Maharishi Basistha of the Hindu epic Ramayana who brought an end to his life here. Apart from this, there are beautiful sculptures at his temple placed on the side of the tri-juncture of the hill streams, Sandhya, Lalita, and Kanta.

Best time to visit Basistha Temple Guwahati

Plan a visit to Basistha Temple during the winter months as it is pleasant and you can seek blessings comfortably.

Basistha Temple Timings

You can visit Basistha Temple in Guwahati, Assam between 6 am to 9 pm. Throughout the day, the rituals of Lord Shiva are performed. Archana, Abhishekam, and Arathi are some of the daily rituals performed here. 

If you get the whole experience, visit Basistha Temple during Shiva Chaturdashi and Maha Shivratri festivals. Both are celebrated with great pomp and show at the temple. Many people visit during these festivals to seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva.

How to reach Basistha Temple Guwahati

Basistha Temple is located approx. 13 km away from Guwahati’s center. You can avail bus services to reach the temple, which will take around 30 min. Paltan Bazar bus stop is located near the Paltan Bazar railway station from where you can hire a bus to visit the temple. Taxi and auto services are also available to reach Basistha Temple.

Frequently Asked Questions about Basistha Temple Guwahati

Q: Why is Basistha Temple famous?

Ans. Basistha Temple is known for its history of saint Vasistha and beautiful architecture. Many devotees and travelers visit here especially during Shiva Chaturdasi and Maha Shivratri, which are celebrated with great enthusiasm.

Q: Who built Basistha Temple?

Ans. Basistha Mandir of Guwahati was built by the Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in 1764. However, the history of the Basistha Ashram says that the temple dates back to the Vedic age.

Q: Where is Basistha Temple situated?

Ans. Basistha Temple is situated on the southeastern side of Guwahati near the Garbhanga Reserve Forest.

Q: What is the distance from Guwahati airport to Basistha Temple?

Ans. Guwahati Airport to Basistha Temple distance is approx. 29 km and takes about 1 hour to reach by bus, car, or taxi.

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