Sravasti is an ancient city identified by archaeological remains known as Saheth-Maheth and the adjacent sites Orajhar, Panahiajhar and Kharahuwanjhar. According to mythology, it was founded by king Sravasta who had solar origins. Sravasti became associated with the Buddha and Mahavir in the 6th century BC. It gained esteem for Buddhist pilgrimage when the Buddha spent 24 rainy seasons here at the Jetavan monastery, built by his disciple Sudatta Anathapindika, and also performed divine miracles on being challenged by other sects.
After the prominence imparted by Buddha and Mahavir, Sravasti gained further support from Ashok and also the powerful Kushan rulers, all of which is mentioned in the travelogues of the Chinese Fa Hien and Huen Tsang. The Himalayan range fringing its far northern horizon, Sravasti gradually became confined to dusty oblivion, and remained forgotten until the excavation of 1863.Today, visitor services enable an overnight stay to experience the verdure of Sravasti.