Basistha temple, positioned in the south-east nook of Guwahati town is a Shiva mandir constructed via Ahom King Rajeswar Singha in 1764 at the side of gift of land 835 Bighas for the ashram. The history of the Basistha Ashram in which the temple is positioned dates returned to the Vedic age. According to legend the ashram was founded via the amazing saint Basistha. Temple inside the ashram stands at the financial institution of the mountain streams originating from the hills of Meghalaya, which turns into the rivers Basistha and Bahini/Bharalu flowing thru the town.
This ashram is thought to be the house of famous sage Basistha, also referred to as "Vasishtha". The ashram is located some kilometers from Guwahati, on the outskirts of Garbhanga reserve forest which has an sufficient populace of elephants. This Garbhanga reserve wooded area is likewise a proposed butterfly reserve. Although the ashram has a temple but nevertheless the cave in which the Muni Vasistha is assumed to have reflected is placed 5 km within the ashram. The ashram also has a waterfall.