During the times of Gautama Buddha, Shravasti was one of the biggest cities in India. The ancient beauty of the place has been preserved rather spectacularly in its ruins and monuments.
The history of Shravasti is fascinating as it has seen much of it itself. The city is believed to have been established in the Vedic times. The importance of Shravasti lies in its significance to the Buddhists and the Jains. Gautama Buddha spent quite some time here. It is also believed that the third Tirthankara of the Jains, Sambhavnath was born here. The rural feel of Shravasti makes it all the more pleasurable for you to rediscover these ancient ruins.
How to Get There
By Air :
The airport nearest to Shravasti is located at Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. The airport is well connected by regular flights to other cities in India such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Chennai and Bangalore.
By Rail :
The nearest railhead from Shravasti is Balrampur and Gonda railway station. 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.
By Road :
Sravasti is well connected to the rest of Uttar Pradesh by a good network of roadways
The ruins of the Anathapindika Stupa look rather marvelous against the chamming background. It is believed to have been built by Anathapindika, one of the main disciples of the Buddha.
The Jetavana Monastery is one of the major religious sites of Buddhism in Shravasti. It is believed that the Buddha would often come to this place to preach. In fact, many of his sermons were delivered at this place. Near the Jetavana Monastery, you can see the ruins of an ancient hut where the Buddha is believed to have stayed whenever he came here.
Angulimala was an important disciple of Lord Buddha. He was formerly a bandit who gave up his murderous ways after meeting the Buddha. The ruins of the stupa he helped build can be found preserved to this day.