Yet another revered place of worship in Guwahati is the Basistha Asharam Temple. A pilgrim’s journey in the state is incomplete without a visit to this temple. The serene complex of the Basistha Asharam Temple is located on the banks of a tiny stream called the Basistha stream (that originates from the mountains of Meghalaya). Along with the Basistha stream, several other mountain streams form a scenic backdrop for the temple and flow on to form the rivers Bashitha and Bharalu—that criss-cross the city of Guwahati.
This ancient temple, located in the south-eastern parts of the city, was constructed under the orders of King Rajeswar Singha in the year 1764. King Rajeswar Singha belonged to the Ahom Dynasty and is also known to have donated over 835 Bighas of land for the purpose of building this Ashram. The Basistha Asharam Temple dates to the Vedic era and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. As per scriptures, this exotic temple was founded by the famous Indian sage Vasistha or Basistha. Remember to include it in your itinerary.