Vashistha Cave is popular place in Rishikesh for meditation lovers. Vashistha cave is located 28 kms far from Rishikesh on Rishikesh Badrinath Highway. It is located on the bank of the River Ganga. According to legends Sage Vashistha Meditated here.
About Vashistha: Vashistha is one of the Seven Sages (Saptrishi) in Hindu culture. Vashistha is considered as Brahmrishi. Brahmrishi is highest kind of sage who has achieved highest divine knowledge. Vashistha is also considered as one of the contributors to Vedas. Arundhati was his wife. He was priest of prestigious royal families such as Surya Dynasty. Lord Ram was also born is same dynasty. Lord Ram was incarnation of Vishnu.
Legend behind the Vashistha Cave: According to ancient hindu scripts Vashistha has divine cow “Nandini”. Nandini cow has powers that she can fulfill all the wishes of here owner. Once King Kaushik (Later became famous as Vishvamitra) came to know about this cow and tried to capture this cow forcefully. When he failed to do that he killed sons of Vashistha. Sage Vashistha tried to end his life in the River Ganga. River Ganga refused him and send him back. Arundhati (wife of Vashistha) liked the place and decided to stay there. It is believed that this is the same cave which was used by Vashistha in ancient time. No wonder many people feel amazing while meditating in this cave. There is also small Shivlinga inside the cave.
How to reach Vashistha Cave: Vashistha cave is 28 kms far from Rishikesh on Rishikesh Badrinath Highway. From the highway you need 150 meters walk downhill to reach the cave. Cave is closed between 12 to 3 in day time.
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