(Last Updated on : 25/01/2009)
Its a centre attraction city for the Buddhist pilgrims from across the world. Lots of pilgrims come here to pray and meditate. It`s a very calm and serene city that gets the proud of sheltering Buddha for 24 rainy seasons in the Jetvana Gardens. Anand Bodhi treeplanted by Buddha`s main disciple is in this city. Buddha performed some miracles here. Sravasti was the most favorite place of Buddha. The main temples of Buddha`s residence were Raj Kuti, Koshambi Kuti, Gandha Kuti and Kakeri Kuti. Gandha Kuti was his main residence.
History of Sravasti
It is said that the mythological king Sravasta found this city and hence the name Sravasti had been attributed to it. The place is one of the most important pilgrimage centers of the Buddhists and Jains. After attaining mahaparinirvana, Buddha left a trail of footsteps here. So the place is holy for the devotees of Buddha. According to legend, it is here where Buddha bewildered his critics by making them witness a miraculous million-fold self-manifestation seated on a thousand-petalled lotus, as fire and water emanated from his body.
Places of interest in and around Sravasti
1.The Devi Patan Temple is one of the most important Shaktipeeth in the entire region.
2.Shobhanath Temple is one of the important temples of Sravasti. Many pilgrims visit this temple every year. The `Shobhanath` temple at Srivasti is believed to be the birthplace of Jain tirthankar `Sambhavanath. Shravasti is an important center for the Jains.
3.Maheth is identified with the remains of the city. Excavations have exposed the massive gates of the city, ramparts and also the ruins of other structures, which stand testimony to the prosperity of ancient Sravasti. The Sobhanath Temple is located at Maheth.
4.Saheth is the site of Jetavana monastery. It is an important place of pilgrimage, adorned with numerous shrines, stupas and monasteries. The temples are built in the Gupta style.