ancient capital of Kosala Mahajanpada, Sravasti was the biggest town in the
Gangetic plains of India. Travel to Sravasti, which was believed to be the first missionary place in India from
where Lord Buddha started preaching his religion through out the world. It
was in Sravasti in India that he made the atheist king of Koshal believe in the power of God
by showing him the miracle of enlightenment on lotus of 100 petals. Sravasti India
has the distinction of being the place from where the Lord preached most of
his sermons and also for being the place which sheltered him for most from
the rainy seasons (in total of 24 in number). Travel to Sravasti to know and
see the travel attractions and places of Buddhist interests.
Location of Sravasti
Sravasti is situated in the Gonda district of eastern Uttar Pradesh and can
be travelled conveniently from Lucknow which is located 134 km away from
Climate of Sravasti
Summers are hotter than expected while winters are also chilling. The best
time to travel Sravasti is from the month of October to April.
Major Travel Attraction in Sravasti
Jetavana Monastery -
One of the major travel attraction
of Sravasti, Jetavana monastery is where Lord Buddha used to stay during his
time in Sravasti has 2 pillars on either side built by emperor Ashoka.
Jetavana Monastery in present days has two monasteries, six temples and
Swetambara Temple -
Sravasti is not only famous as a
Buddhist Pilgrimage center but it is a major travel attractions of the Jains. The
place was under the influence of Lord Mahavira, the last Jain Tirthankar.
Thousand of Jain pilgrimage travel to this place to pay their respect to their
Almighty. The Sobhnath Temple is believed to be the birthplace of the Jain
Temple No-2 -
This temple bears the ruins of the
Gandha-Kuti or Perfumed Chamber built by Anathapindika for the use of Lord
Buddha. The original Kuti was made at the time of the Chinese pilgrims.
Today, the lower walls and stone plinth of the original two storeyed brick
building is to be found.
Temple No-3 -
This is believed to be the site of the
original Kosambi-Kuti. It was built by Anathapitaka and there was also a
meditation chamber constructed for the Lord. A long platform marks the
original promenade used by the Buddha for the walking meditation in complete
Ananda Bodhi Tree -
At the entrance of the Jetavana
Garden, the Bodhi Tree was planted at the request of Anasthapitaka as a
symbol of worship when Lord Buddha is not in Sravasti. The Bodhi tree is
famous for the tree under which the Lord took his enlightenment. This sacred
tree was brought as a cutting from the Bodhi tree in Sri Lanka, which itself
grew from a sapling of the original Bodhi tree in Bodh Gaya.