Basistha temple is situated in the south-east part of Guwahati city in Assam. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and in 1764; it has been constructed by Ahom King- Rajeswar Singha. The King gave a gift of 835 Acres land for the ashram construction as well. An Ashram was constructed which is situated just near to Shiva temple on the bank of the mountain streams originating from the hillock of River Meghalaya. Later on, it became the rivers Basistha and Bahini/Bharalu which flows through the city. The road leads to the temple will take you to this temple, which is situated at the base of a hillock and is very close to the state government secretariat in Dispur.
This Ashram is located at the base of verdant hills, which is very close to a beautiful waterfall. People can admire nature as well as the art which has been engraved by young students from Guwahati. Visitors can also take a walk, depending upon the season though. As, in summers, Guwahati becomes balmy and sticky.
How to reach: This temple is well- connected by city buses that pass on the main A.T. and G. S. roads and take you directly to “Basistha temple”. The bus going to the temple will drop you in the square right in front of the temple complex. Visitors can also take an auto or a taxi to reach the temple.
Mythology says that Basistha Ashram was built at the time of Vedic age and the ashram was established by the great saint- Basistha (Vasishtha). He was known to be one of the original sapta-rishis, who were the real 7 spiritual gurus described in the Rigveda. He himself gave his name to the Basistha (Vashishtha) clan. According to the Puranas, these supreme 7 gurus are popular as the seven stars that make the Great bear constellation which explicitly connects to the Polestar. He is well known in North India as Guru Vashishtha. There are mythological and legendry stories associated to Guru Basistha. The most famous story is the one in which he was famous as the teacher of young princes of Ayodhya, Ram and Lakshman in Ramayana. “VashishthaYoga” was his book/ grath which was concatenated with his role as the teacher of Rama that deals mainly with the meditation part of Yoga. This Granth was meant to make Rama understood about the lessons which defined the actual meaning of Life and the world reality along with and the nature of consciousness and creation. This book also illustrates the importance of achieving peace, positive thoughts, satisfaction and a good company. Guru Bashistha was well- known for his another book, named- “Vashishtha Samhita”, which defines a treat on “electoral astrology” dealing with the identification of the most auspicious time for carrying out different activities such as house warming ceremonies, marriages and journeys etc.