Maheth is another important cluster of shrines in Sravasti. Though not as famous as Saheth, Maheth also has a cluster of shrines that are very popular among the tourists visiting Sravasti. In fact, Maheth was the actual site of the erstwhile Sravasti city.
Spread across the area of near about 400 acres, Maheth was the site of
numerous shrines and Stupas. In fact, Maheth has been identified with
the remains of the city proper. Nevertheless, the site for long had
remained abandoned and ignored. It was only in the early decades of 20th
century when the excavation works were initiated that the site raised to
prominence. Further excavation works have exposed the massive gates of
the city, ramparts and also the ruins of other structures that testify
to the prosperity of ancient Sravasti.
Maheth is also the site for the ancient Sobhanath Temple. The temple
has various replicas in India, Nepal and other Buddhist countries of the
Indo-China region. The place also bears the onslaught of Gupta rulers
during the era of the resurgence of Hinduism. It has been agreed upon
that Pakki Kuti and Kacchi Kuti were probably Buddhist shrines before
they were converted into Brahminical temples.