Sravasti monastery, (in) Saheth-Maheth, Uttar Pradesh, IN

Raw data

Ths site is known as Sahet-Mahet. "The main road from Balrampur to Bahraich" runs by the site. it is 21 kms. west of the Balrampur railway station. The Sahet portion of the ruins is also identifed with the ancient site of Jetvana. The first monastery on the site dates, according to Buddhist texts, to the time of the Buddha. He spent 24 rainy seasons there. Inscriptions show its in active use in the 3rd century BCE and the second century CE. Much of the site was in ruins when Fahien [Faxian] visted in 407 CE. The large monastery at Jetvana was still functioning. When Xuanzang arrived in 637-38 the whole site was an abandoned ruin. The site was revived in the beginning in the eighth century and the last donative inscriptions are from the 12th century. In the 1950's and 60's Burmese Buddhists built a Rest House for pilgrims to the site.
See See D.C. Ahir, Buddhist Sites and Shrines in India: History, Art and Architecture (Delhi: Inian Books Centre, 2003) p.253 - 266.
Src: IN
Input by: SG, Apr 6, 2009

Final data (and their sources)

Last updated: 18 Jul 2014

Lat/Long coordinates' accuracy:
The monastery in question is assumed to be situated actually no farther than 200 m from the point defined by the coordinates below.

Location of Sravasti monastery, India.

General location of the Sravasti monastery, India.
lat=27.5166667 long=82.05
Mapping & images: Falling Rain Genomics (, 2009.

Google Map link:,%20IN)&ll=27.5166667,82.05&spn=05.0,05.0&t=k&hl=en

Final data - explanatory notes

1. Monastery's name

  • Sravasti monastery

2. Monastery's modern country & province

  • India:State of Uttar Pradesh

3. Monastery's alternative/historical names

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4. Monastery's lat/long coordinates

5. Other known nearby Buddhist monasteries

6. Modern name of the known nearest city, town, or village

7. The settlement's alternative/historical names

8. The settlement's coordinates

9. Monastery's major Buddhist tradition

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10. Monastery's Buddhist sub-tradition

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11. Date-early

  • 500 BCE

MBM chrono-tag <=0200 - tmciolek 18 Jul 2014
<=0200 0200-32c 0233-66c 0267-99c 0300-32c 0333-66c 0367-99c 0400-32c 0433-66c 0467-99c 0500-32c 0533-66c 0567-99c 0600-32c 0633-66c 0733-66p 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66p dated-el

12. Date-intermediate

  • 5th cent CE

13. Date-late

  • 635 CE site abandoned - Ahir (2003:253-266)

MBM chrono-tag 0633-66c - tmciolek 18 Jul 2014

  • Site revived 8th - 12th Centuries CE. Current rest house on site established 1950's - Ahir (2003:253-266)
  • 12th c. - last donative inscriptions - Ahir (2003:253-266).

MBM chrono-tag 0733-66p 0767-99c 0800-32c 0833-66c 0867-99c 0900-32c 0933-66c 0967-99c 1000-32c 1033-66c 1067-99c 1100-32c 1133-66p - tmciolek 18 Jul 2014

14. Details of contacts with other monasteries

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15. Type of evidence regarding the monastery

  • archaeological, texts.

16. Additional notes

  • [missing data] (incl. details of the size of the monastic population)

17. Corrections & addenda to this page were kindly provided by

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