Basistha Temple | Ashram & Timings, Address

Basistha temple has located southeast of Guwahati city, Assam State. It is a Lord Shiva mandir. According to legend, the ashram has founded by the great saint Basistha. The Temple stands on the banks of mountain streams that originate from the higher hills of Meghalaya, forming the great River Basistha and River Bahini/Bharalu that flows through the city. Temple Timings are Monday To Sunday: 6.00 am and 9.00 pm.

Basistha Temple

Basistha Ashram:

This ashram has believed to be the home of the sage Basistha. The ashram is located a few kilometres (10-12) from Guwahati, on the outskirts of the Garbhanga reserve forest, which has a population of elephant animals.

This Garbhanga reserve forest is also a butterfly reserve. Although the ashram has a temple, the cave in which the Muni Vasistha has believed to have meditated has located 5 km inside the ashram. The ashram also has a waterfall.

Basistha Temple Architecture:

The well-known Ahom King Rajeswar Singha commissioned Basistha Temple from 1851 to 1769. The Temple’s architecture has supplied by terracotta and stone sculptures that can witness inside the Temple and the hills and stones. 

Also, the Temple has connected with the Maharishi Basistha of the Hindu epic Ramayana, who ended his life here. Apart from this, there are beautiful sculptures at his Temple placed on the tri-juncture of the hill streams, Sandhya, Lalita, and Kanta.

Basistha Temple History:

This Temple has described as one of the seven Shakti Peethas in the Kalika Purana. The site has proof of a stone temple around 1000-1100 CE. A brick temple built upon the remains of the stone temple of an earlier period.

It is an octagonal(eight-sided) temple with a polygonal sikhara over it. The Temple has a sunken garbhagriha which has a trust to have the foot impression of the sage Vasistha, who has a trust to have had his asrama in this region in the remote area past. Ahom king Swargadeo Rajeswar Singha built this octagonal brick temple in mid 18th century.

Basistha Temple Timings:

The rituals of Lord Shiva has performed throughout the day. Archana, Daily Darshan, Abhishekam, and Arathi are some daily rituals performed here.

Here are the Basistha Temple Timings:

Monday6.00 am and 9.00 pm
Tuesday6.00 am and 9.00 pm
Wednesday6.00 am and 9.00 pm
Thursday6.00 am and 9.00 pm
Friday6.00 am and 9.00 pm
Saturday6.00 am and 9.00 pm
Sunday6.00 am and 9.00 pm

Visit Temple during Shiva Chaturdashi and Maha Shivratri festivals. Both are celebrated with great ceremony and show at the Temple. Many people visit during these festivals to seek the divine blessings of Lord Shiva.

Tourist Places Nearby Basistha Temple:

Garbhanga Wildlife Sanctuary:


A study has found 139 species of trees, 122 herbs and shrubs, 52 species of climbers, 11 species of orchids, and five species of bamboo and rattan documented.


A total of 36 mammals, 219 species of birds, 38 species of reptiles, 15 species of amphibians, 168 species of butterflies, and 15 species of spiders are there. This is near Basistha temple.

Saraighat Bridge:

The Saraighat Bridge is a rail-cum-road bridge over the Brahmaputra River in Assam, India and is the first of its kind bridge over the river in the state. The length of the bridge is 1492 meters, and the road on the bridge is 7.3 meters wide.

Madan Kamdev:

Located in Kamrup (25 km) from Guwahati, Madan Kamdev is an archaeological site dating back to the 9th and 10th centuries.

Mahamaya Temple:

Mahamaya Temple of Bogribari placed about 30 km east of Dubhri town, is one of the most visited temples in that part of Assam. The Temple derives its name from the great Goddess Mahamaya, meaning supreme illusion.


Hajo, or Haajo, is one of the famous tourist places in Guwahati. It is known as the ancient pilgrim centre for three prominent religions of India: Hinduism, Buddhism, and Islam.

Aswakranta Temple:

Aswa means ‘horse,’ and Klanta means ‘tired’ in the Assamese language. Lord Krishna was searching for Narakasura; his horse felt tired here, where Shri Aswaklanta temple has located now. 

Bhuvaneshwari Temple:

Bhuvaneshwari Temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhuvaneshwari and is placed on a hilltop offering panoramic views of the entire Guwahati city.

Sukreswar Temple:

The Temple has located atop Itakhuli hill. This strategic location exhibits stunning views of the nearby Brahmaputra river and the valley below. Sukreswar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and has constructed in 1744.

Navagraha Temple:

Dedicated to the nine major celestial bodies (Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, North Lunar Node and South Lunar Node), Navagraha Temple in Guwahati has nine Shiva Lingas.

Assam State Museum:

There are different galleries inside, such as iconography, archaeology and epigraphy, to name a few. There are sculptures, tribal artworks and fabrics placed as exhibits inside the museum.

Pandu, Guwahati:

The Suburban town of Pandu has named after King Pandu (father of the famous five Pandavas). The Tila Hills in the town has a temple dedicated to Pandu (the Pandunath temple).

Hotels Near Basistha Temple:

Following Hotels are near Basistha Temple.

  • Hotel Empire Regency
  • FabHotel The Hotel Orchid
  • Hotel Highway Palace
  • OYO 89554 Hotel Comfort Stay
  • Hotel Crystal Inn
  • The Greenwood Hotel, Guwahati
  • Victoria Guest House
  • Maddy’s Guest House
  • Joyable Homestay
  • The Royal Guwahati
  • Hotel Island Park

Basistha Temple Address: 

  • Temple, Basistha, Guwahati, Assam 781029.
Temple Phone Number
  • Phone: 060028 19866, 0361-2300191.

How to reach Basistha Temple:

By Air:

Guwahati has an International Airport, just 15 km from the city area, from where you can find flights to almost every region.

By Train:

Nearest Railway Station is (NGC)New Guwahati. Distance: 10.06 Km.

By Road:

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 to the Temple will drop you in the square right in front of the temple complex.


Why is Basistha Temple famous?

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

Who built Basistha Temple?

The Ahom King Swargadeo Rajeswar Singha built the Basistha Mandir of Guwahati in 1764.

Where is Basistha Temple situated?

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

What is the distance from Guwahati airport to Basistha Temple?

31 Km.

Basistha Temple is on which hill?

Sandhyachal hill.

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