Sravasti is an important historical and religious attraction in Uttar Pradesh. It is said that Lord Buddha spent 25 years living in the monastery of Jetavana that is situated in Sravasti. The city also has the pride of being the place where many of Vinaya rules, Jatakas and Sutras were first discussed.
It is at Sravasti only where Lord Buddha is supposed to have astonished rival teachers by performing miracles and transformed Angulimal from a dacoit into a Buddhist monk. He also delivered many important sermons here. The two 21 meters high pillars erected by Emperor Ashoka mark these sites.
Saheth covers an area of around 35 square kilometres and is located in the very heart of Sravasti. It rose to prominence when excavation works revealed that Saheth was the original site of once magnanimous Jetavana monastery.
Maheth is another important cluster of shrines in Sravasti. Though not as famous as Saheth, Maheth also has a cluster of shrines that are very popular among the tourists visiting Sravasti. In fact, Maheth was the actual site of Sravasti city. Spread across the area of near about 400 acres, Maheth was the site of numerous shrines and Stupas. In fact, Maheth has been identified with the remains of the city proper. Nevertheless, the site for long had remained abandoned and ignored. It was only in the early decades of 20th century when the excavation works were initiated that the site raised to prominence.
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