State : Assam in India.
Significance : The Pilgrimage centre.
Location : Situated at a distance of 10 miles from Guwahati, the commercial capital of Assam.
Know Vasisthasrama in Assam
Vasisthasrama in Assam is an important pilgrimage place of Assam, situated about 10 miles to the east of the town of Guwahati. A piglrimage tour of scared hermitage of Vasistha (Vasisthasrama) is situated amidst a beautiful natural surroundings. There are three streams called Sandhya, Lalita and Kanta located at this place. A bath here is said to increase longevity. A temple of Siva is also attached to the hermitage of Vasistha. This is also an ideal picnic spot for the picnickers.
The devotees visit Vasisthashrama and take bath in the stream nearby to wash off their sins. The present temple in Vasisthashrama, which is incidentally the last Ahom monument in the neighbourhood of Guwahati, was built in the second half of the 18th century by King Rajesvar Singh of the Ahom dynasty.
There are many legends about sage Vasistha. There is also a legend that connects Vasistha with the origin of the Ahom kings.
It is said that, Vasistha used to do his 'sandhya' (evening prayer) in a stream near his hermitage. One day, God Indra with his queen Shachi and other heavenly women came down from heaven and began playing in the same stream. As a result of this amorous sport the water of the stream became impure. Seeing all this sage Vasistha grew furious and cursed Indra, saying that he would have sexual intercourse with a Daitya woman. Indra was at once transformed into a normal man and had sexual intercourse with a woman. He, however, granted a boon to that woman saying that the son in her womb would become a king. He was the progenitor of the Ahom dynasty.
According to some legends Vasistha was initiated into the secrets of the Sakta practices and got spiritual success. It is probable that Vasistha came down at Sandhya Kala (evening), after he was not allowed to enter the Kamakhya temple and meditated on Shiva.
Travel to Vasisthasrama Temple
Airport : The nearest airport is Guwahati, from where you have to take a taxi to reach the hermitage.
Railhead : To reach the hermitage of the sage Vasistha, you have to take a train to Guwahati, from where you can pick a taxi to reach the hermitage.
Road Transport : There are no regular buses to Vasisthasrama. The visitors have to make use of the taxis and other means of transport from Guwahati to reach this sacred place.
Hotels and Staying near Vasisthasram (Guwahati)
Guwahati offers several private hotels ranging from luxury to budget-friendly ones. Fish is a major delicacy in Assam and one can savour mouthwatering curries in and around Paltan Bazar at cheap rates. There are excellent accommodation facilities in and around Guwahati in Assam.