Shravasti

Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh

Shravasti
Shravasti

Shravasti is located 170 kilometers north-east of Lucknow. It was one of the six largest cities in India during Gautama Buddha’s lifetime. Gautama Buddha’s life is closely associated with this place. Buddha has spent 24 Chaturmases here. Shravasti is present on the banks of the river Rapti. It is one of the major destinations of interest for Buddhists.

During 6th century BCE to 6th century CE, Shravasti was the capital of the Kosala Kingdom. Legend says that Tirthankara Sambhavanath, was born in the Sobhanath temple. Hence, Shravasti an important center for Jains as well.

What is the history of Shravasti?

Shravasti is situated on the banks of the river Rapti. This river was previously called Achiravati. It was the capital city of the kingdom of Kosala. Pasenadi, who was a disciple of Buddha, was the King of this kingdom. Buddha passed a large part of his monastic life in his place.

This place has numerous temples, ancient stupas, and grand viharas. This place was also famous for its spiritual associations. According to the legends, Gautam Buddha used to love to spend his time here during the rainy seasons. He spent 25 rainy seasons in the famous monasteries of this place for this reason.

This place also holds spiritual importance for the Jains. Because, Sambhavanatha, the third Jain Tirthankara originated from the Shobhnath shrine.

Shravasti

How to reach this place?

  • Air: The nearest airport is Lucknow. It is 176 km away from Shravasti. Flights are available from cities such as Delhi, Mumbai, and Varanasi.
  • Rail: The nearest railway station is Gainjahwa. A fairly good number of trains connects Gonda and Gorakhpur.
  • Road: The nearest large town from Sravasti is Balrampur which is 20 km away.

What is the best time to visit Shravasti?

  • October-November and February-March are almost always comfortable months to visit the place.
  • April to June: It is extremely dry during this period. The daytime temperature often reaches 45°C.
  •  June to July:  It is monsoon during this time. The monsoon season brings high humidity.

What are some places to visit here?

  • Shobhnath Temple: Sambhavanatha, The Jain prophet originated in this temple. Any Jains visit this place throughout the year.
  • Anathapindika Stupa: This place is a much-admired site among Buddhists. Anathapindika erected this stupa.
  • Balrampur: This place is known for a shrine that is constructed in contemporary architectural style. It is 9 miles from Sravasti.
  • Jetavana Monastery: Jetavana Monastery is the place where Lord Buddha spent 19 rainy seasons. Atnandabodhi tree, Anandakuti, and Gandhakuti are the key attractions of this place.
  •  Saheth: This is the main pilgrimage place with various temples, stupas, and monasteries.

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