Shravasti is placed on the banks of the river Rapti. It was the capital of ancient Kosala kingdom and is sacred to the Buddhists because it is here that Lord Buddha performed the greatest of his miracles to confound the Tirthika heretics. These miracles include Buddha creating multiple images of himself, which has been a favourite theme of Buddhist art. It is well-connected with good roads constructed under Buddhist-Circuit.
Shravasti is a huge complex full of Buddhist stupas, viharas and temples. Shravasti is believed to be a legendary place from the Ramayana period and got this name from its founder King Shravasta. But, as per Buddhist belief, Shravasti derived its name from a famous Sage names Savattha who had lived here. The excellently-preserved ruins have a meditative air around them and amid them stand an ancient Bodhi Vriksh (tree). The huge World Peace Bell in SHRAVASTI established with Japanese help, is said to convey the message of humanity through its toll.
Places To Visit
Anathapindika Stupa is believed to have been built by Anathapindika, a chief disciple of Buddha. Literal meaning of Anathapindika is ‘feeder of the orphans or helpless’. Ruins of this stupa, including a few stairs leading up to the stupa and a plinth, can be seen at this place.
Dedicated to Lord Gautam Buddha, this is the 2nd Buddhist monastery in India. Buddha had delivered majority of discourses and teachings at this monastery. There is a large pond Jetavanapokkharan, it was the bathing area of Lord Gautam Buddha. This monastery has been converted into a historical park and is famous for an ancient cave, known as Kapallapuvapabbhara.
It is an important pilgrimage site with various shrines, monasteries and stupas. Majority of the stupas belong to the Kushana period. The temples are built in architectural style of Gupta period.
Payagpur, one of the famous historical places located in SHRAVASTI region, was once an Indian princely state
Balrampur is eminent for its modern style temple and architecture.
Khargupur is a town situated around 14.6 km away from SHRAVASTI. This town is famous for an ancient temple, Prithvi Nathan Mahadev, which is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
How to Reach Shravasti
By Air :Lucknow airport (LKO) is the nearest airport from Shravasti which is 170 km away and it has flights from Delhi, Patna and Mumbai.
By Rail :Balrampur station (BLP) is the nearest railway station which is 17 km away other nearest railway station is Gonda station (GD) which is 50 km away which is a better option of reaching Shravasti, since Gonda station is well connected to other cities in Uttar – Pradesh and India such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Agra, Lucknow, Bangalore and Ahmedabad etc.
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