Vashistha Gufa or Vashistha Cave Rishikesh is an ancient cave where great Sage Vashistha meditated. According to Hindu mythology, Vashistha was the Human son of Lord Brahma and one of the Saptarishis (Seven Sages). Vasishtha Cave, located at a distance of 25 km from Rishikesh on Badrinath Road, is a popular tourist destination. There is a Shivalingam in the Vashistha cave. Nearby from the cave is the Swami Purshottamanand Ashram, which maintains the cave.
According to Hindu mythology, Vashistha decided to commit suicide in the river Ganga after the death of all his children. But Gangadevi refused his suicide. Sage Vasishtha’s wife chose to stay in the same place as there was a pleasant atmosphere. Sage Vashistha meditated here for a long time in the cave. Over time a small ashram was developed near the cave. In 1930, Swami Purshottamanand decided to maintain this ashram and cave, which is still maintained by the Swami Purshotamanand Society.
Vashistha Cave is located at a distance of 25 km from Rishikesh on the Badrinath Road in Swami Purshottamanand Ashram. You can hire a taxi or take a bus from the Rishikesh bus stand to reach the Vashistha Cave. To reach by train, the nearest railway station to Vasishtha Cave is Rishikesh Railway Station (25 km). For flights, you can land in Jolly Grant Airport, which is located at a distance of 39kms in Dehradun.
At the end of the cave, there is a Shiva lingam, where priests and other tourists are usually engaged in worship and perform auspicious ceremonies for his reverence. Outside the ashram is another small cave called Arundhati Cave, and an iron bridge over the river. Located in a small and beautiful village called Gular.
The beach outside the cave is an ideal setting to relax and reflect on nature after deep meditation and quiet introspection.