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Location: Sravasti District, Uttarpradesh.
Famous for: Buddhist pilgrims centre.
Summer(March to May): 32°C to 43°C.
Winter (December to February): 10°C to 30°C.
Monsoon (June to September): Moderate rainfalls.
STD CODE : 05252
BEST TIME TO VISIT : November to February

Located in the Gangetic plains in the Gonda region of Uttar Pradesh, the history of the destination dates back to the time of Gautama Buddha. According to Buddhist scriptures, Lord Buddha spent 25 years of his life in this region. The testimonies of that time, which include Jetavana Monastery and Lord Buddha’s hut remains, are among the chief attractions of Sravasti.

Sravasti, capital of the ancient Kosala kingdom is sacred to Buddhists and was an active centre of Buddhism even in the Buddha’s lifetime. It was here that Anathapindaka built, in the garden of Prince Jeta a large monastery for the reception of the Buddha. Later, several shrines and other monasteries arose at this sacred spot. Sravasti has been identified with the remains at Saheth - Maheth on the borders of the Gonda and Bahraich districts. It is situated on the banks of the River Rapti. Srarvasti also claims the glory of being was born, brought up and attained enlightment. Jain devotee visit Sravasti, during the month of kartik(Oct - Nov).


Maheth: This covers an area of about 400 acres, and has been identified with the remains of the city proper.

Sobhanath Temple: Believed to be the birthplace of Jain Tirthankar Sambhavnath. It is revered by Jain pilgrims.

Saheth: Saheth lies about a quarter of a mile to the south - west of Maheth. This was the site of the Jetavana monastery. It became an important place of pilgrimage, adorned with numerous shrines, stupas and monasteries. The stupas belong mostly to the Kushana period, while the temples are in the Gupta style. The remains date from the Mauryan era (3rd century BC ) to the 12th century AD . A colossal statue of the Buddha was also found here which is now preserved in the Indian Museum, Calcutta . The Emperor Ashoka visited Jetavana, and the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen- Tsang mentions two Ashokan pillars at Sravasti.

Other places of interest include the Swarnagandha Kuti.



Buddha Purnima the day of the birth of Lord Buddha is celebrated at all Buddhist temples at Shravasti in a big way.


Nearest Airport is Lucknow - 176 km, from where Sravasti can be reached by rail upto Balrampur via Gonda.


Nearest railway station is at Balrampur : 17 Km. The rest of the route can be covered by road.


Bus services are available from all major neighboring centres . Sravasti is - 119 km from Basti and - 17 km. from Balrampur.

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