Family trip to Shravasti

Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh
Shravasti, Uttar Pradesh

Shravasti is just 55 KM from my hometown Gonda, but this beautiful place was not visited by me. So, this time, we make a plan for a family trip in Raksha Bandhan festival.

We were15 people, so have booked two vehicles for this trip. On 30-August 2015, we left our home around 11:00 AM and first visited Prithvi Nath and Jhali Dham Temple. Both temples are on the way to Shravasti; Prithvi Nath Temple is dedicated to lord Shiva and famous for highest Shivlinga.

Family photo at Jhali Dham Temple

Family photo at Jhali Dham Temple and Prithvi Nath Temple

Jhali Dham Temple was very beautiful and Pound inside the Temple is famous for a lot of big size tortoise. This temple is also famous for Kamdhenu Cow (sacred cow).  After visiting both temples, we moved towards the final destination. After half an hour, we reached Shravasti. Shravasti is famous for ruins and temples dedicated to Lord Buddha and Jain Temples.

Family photo at Jhali Dham Temple and Prithvi Nath Temple

Family photo at Jhali Dham Temple and Prithvi Nath Temple

We first visited ruins of Jain Temple and then moved to see ruins of Angulimala Cave (also known as Pakki Kutti) and some other ruins called Kacchi Kutti. This place was lush green due to monsoon season and good for photography. We came with packed lunch, so we had lunch and also enjoyed the taste of Ice-Cream offered by the local street shop.

Ruins in Shravasti

Ruins in Shravasti

After that, we return to see meditation centre in Shravasti. The Centre was established in June 2003 in the serene surrounding of the historical Jetvana where Lord Buddha stayed for 24 rainy season retreats. The nine-acre meditation centre is situated across the road from the Jetavana Archaeological Park (where Mahabodhi tree is present).

Meditation Centre, Shravasti

Meditation Centre, Shravasti. Image Credit: www.husainstudio.com

The main building of meditation centre was very stunning and peaceful. Centre premises also having a very big statue of Lord Buddha. Another Temple is also developing behind the main Temple. I think after completing the main temple; Shravasti will have the biggest temple of Lord Buddha in India.

Lord Buddha Statue, Shravasti

Lord Buddha Statue, Shravasti

Ruins of the older temple and meditation centre made Shravasti as a worldwide site, but this place is less famous due to less marketing. Road connecting to the nearby city is also in very bad condition and there was very less facility for tourist.

Jain Temple, Shravasti

Jain Temple, Shravasti

Jain Temple, Shravasti

Jain Temple, Shravasti

Every year a lot of Buddhist pilgrimages comes from China, Japan, Thailand, and Myanmar and from our country. There were some more temples like Korean Temple, Digambar Jain Temple and some Hindu temples. Another beautiful site is world peace bell placed in the garden on Balrampur road.

World Peace Bell, Shravasti

World Peace Bell, Shravasti

So after visiting the maximum place, we left Shravasti around 6 PM and reached at home around 7 PM. This was the first tour with my family and this was really awesome.

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Vivek Kumar Srivastava

I am a software engineer and working in Gurgaon. I love to travel and drawing.