A sacred land that holds importance to the Hindus, Jains and Buddhists alike, Sravasti is a cultural paradise, that lies in the heart of Uttar Pradesh. Monasteries from Thailand, Tibet and Korea bring to life every architect's dream. A city that holds the ancient Bodhi Vriksh (tree) is not unfamiliar with the legends and myths of Ramayana. Shravasti is also the birthplace of Tirthankar - the founder of Jainism.
Thus, this region holds great importance for the devotees of three religions, who annually visit in huge numbers. Shravasti which comes from the words, "Sabbam atthi", stands for peace and prosperity, which is reinforced by each ring of the Japanese World Peace Bell.
Shravasti has seen a diverse history, ranging from the Gupta period to Mohammad Ghaznavi, which now truly reflects in the architectures that stand proudly around the city. The place's history is based on various folklores that drive the culture of the city. The Hindu literature alone sees numerous mentions of Shravasti.
The epic Ramayana, states that it is a city that was created by Lord Ram, when he divided the kingdom of Kosala, into Shravasti and Kushavati. While Shravasti was to be ruled by Lav, Lord Ram's son, Kusha, the other son was made the ruler of Kushavati. Another epic, Mahabharata, traces the history of this city back to King Shravasta. Shravasti also holds great spiritual significance in Buddhism and Jainism. It is believed that the region houses many relics and architectures from the era of Gautam Buddha and Mahaveer.
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