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Basistha Temple In Guwahati

Guwahati Basistha Temple is located atop the Sandhyachal Hill and is a short distance away from the Garbhanga Reserve Forest. The shrine is dedicated to Shiva Bhagavan and is on the banks of three rivers Sandhya, Lalita, and Kanta.

As per history the temple was built by Ahom King Rajeshwar Singha and is more than 500 years old.

As per Basistha Temple story, Sage Vasishta performed intense meditation and rituals here. But there was no proper source of water. So, he did penance and pleased Goddess Ganga, who blessed the region with three rivulets.

Sage Basistha then meditated on Shiva and he was blessed with the darshan of Mahadev Shiva. Shivling appeared at the spot where Shiva appeared. Finally, Sage Basishta merged in the Shivling.

The most important festivals observed in the temple are Shivratri, Shravan month (July – August), Ganesh Chaturthi and Makar Sankranti.

The upadevatas or subsidiary deities worshipped in the temple are Goddess Durga and Ganesha.

The temple is surrounded by forest and is populated with monkeys and goats.