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Shravasti, Buddhist Pilgrimage


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It was counted as one of the six largest cities during the lifetime of Gautam Buddha. You can site Shravasti at the luxuriant plains of Ganga.

Did You Know

At this religious city is Shravasti, it is said that Buddha spent most of his monastic life. During his stay of 25 years, he lived at Jetavana, monastery for 19 years and only 6 years in Pubbarama monastery.

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Explore this city and visit the various religious sites.

Introduction

Shravasti is one of the most famous pilgrimage and religious sites, which is visited by the Buddhist pilgrims from all over the country. It was counted as one of the six largest cities during the lifetime of Gautam Buddha. You can site Shravasti at the luxuriant plains of Ganga. It falls on the present Gonda district of Uttar Pradesh. The beauty of the place and its religious importance draws in thousands of tourists from all over the world. In Shravasti, you can find the famous Jetavana monastery.

At this religious city is Shravasti, it is said that Buddha spent most of his monastic life. He first came to this place to attend an invitation by Anathapindika. The major monasteries present in Shravasti were Jetavana and the Pubbarama. There were several other important monasteries that had their own significance.

Shravasti in Uttar Pradesh holds an important position in the Buddhist history. It is at this place, where out of the four Nikayas, 871 suttas were preached. Out of these 871 suttas, 844 are preached in Jetavana, 23 in the Pubbarama and 4 in the suburbs of Savatthi. There are several evidences, which testify that Lord Buddha spent 25 rainy seasons of his life in Shravasti. During his stay of 25 years, he lived at Jetavana, monastery for 19 years and only 6 years in Pubbarama monastery. It is in Shravasti that Buddha the most amount of preaching and discourses.

Getting to Shravasti is not at all a problem. The nearest airport that serves this religious city is located in Lucknow. This links this city to other parts of the country. If you are coming by train, then you can get down at Balrampur station, which is only 19 kilometers away from Shravasti. But the best way to reach Shravasti is by the roadways, which is connected via Lucknow. Regular buses ply through the road connecting Lucknow to Shravasti.

Here, you can find a number of places of attraction, which are worth visiting. Some of the major sightseeing attractions are Shobhanath Temple, Maheth and Saheth. All these tourist places are religiously very important and draw in thousands of Buddhist pilgrims.

Savatthi is the place where the Twin Miracle (Pali:Yamaka Patihara) took place, in which Buddha made a demonstration of his supernatural powers for the purpose of silencing certain believers of other faiths who proclaimed that the Buddha was incapable of performing supernatural miracles. The Buddhist commentarial tradition says that Savatthi is the scene of each Buddha's Yamaka patihariya [10]; Gotama Buddha performed this miracle under the Gandamba tree.

The Chinese Pilgrim Hiouen Thsang found the old city in ruins, but recorded the sites of various buildings.

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