Sravasti as a city of ancient India and one of the six largest cities in India during Gautama Buddha's lifetime. Sravasti, capital of the ancient Kosala kingdom is sacred to Buddhists because it is here that Lord Buddha performed the greatest of his miracles to confound the Tirthika heretics. These miracles include that of the Lord Buddha creating multiple images of himself and have been among the favourite themes of Buddhist art.
Buddha himself spent many summers here to deliver important sermons. Here Anathapindaka was built in the garden of Prince leta for the reception of the Buddha. Today, the remains unearthed testify to the flourishing condition of this sacred spot in the Gupta period.
PLACES OF INTEREST IN SRAVASTI
Covering an area of 400 acres, excavations here testify to the prosperity of ancient Sravasti.
Believed to be the birthplace of Jain Tirthankar Sambhavnath, it is revered by Jain pilgrims.
Covering an area of 32 acres, this was the site of the Jetavana monastery. This area was sanctified by Buddha's association. It became an important place of pilgrimage, adorned with numerous shrines, stupas and monasteries. The stupas belong mostly to Kusha II period while the temples are in Gupta style. The remains date from the Maurya era (3rd century BC) to the 12th century AD, when Buddha was waning in India.
HOW TO REACH SRAVASTI
AIR: Nearest airport is Lucknow - 176 km, from where Sravasti can be reached by rail up to Balrampur via Gonda.
TRAIN: Nearest railhead Balrampur 17 km.
ROAD: Bus services are available from all major neighbouring centres.