Sravasti (Buddhist Pilgrimages )
Sravasti has enjoyed a rich history which can be traced back to the Mahabharata, according to which it originally was the kingdom of king Shravasta. The Ramayana, however, states that Sravasti was the land king Kosala designated to his son Lava. Buddhist tradition suggests a third tangent entirely disconnected from the other two theories of the origin of Sravasti; it says the city was in actuality named after the sage Savattha who had lived there.
Sravasti is located in Uttar Pradesh, India, in the Devipatan division. The area experiences intense summers April through June, followed by a monsoon that stays an average of three months. November till February, the area experiences pleasant winters that may occasionally get a chilly around the evenings, but the best time to visit Sravasti would indisputably be the window between October and March. The most popular languages are Hindi and English. The geographical setting of Sravasti has always made it a land for great potential.
Buddhism in Sravasti
Buddha spent the maximum amount of his time in the duration after attaining Nirvana. He spent 25 years here. As a result, more than 850 suttas where delivered here, making it a site of prime importance to both, Buddhist developmental history, as well as Buddhist pilgrims. It was also here that the Buddha supposedly performed miracles for fifteen days upon being challenged by the leading authorities on the six major schools of philosophy dominant in the country at the time. These miracles are said to include acts such as the sprouting of a bountiful tree from a toothpick the Buddha placed into the ground. The most glorious of all of these was when supposedly eighty four thousand rays of light burst forth, one from each pore of the Buddha’s skin. At the tip of each of these rays of light was a lotus, and resting on that lotus a Buddha, expounding the Dharma. It is said that the ninety thousand people gathered there by the six heretic representatives of the different schools of philosophy were instantaneously convinced of the Buddha’s divinity and joined the monkhood on the spot. It is also believed the heretics fled the scene of the miracles shortly after they began.