Saheth is one of the most visited clusters of shrines in the Buddhist tourism circuit of Eastern Uttar Pradesh. Saheth covers an area of around 35 square Kilometers and is located in the very heart of Sravasti. The site falls on your right when you move nearly a kilometer Southwest from Maheth.
The place has got generous mention in historical sources but has
remained overlooked and abandoned for long. Emperor Ashoka once visited
Sravasti. Even the famous Chinese pilgrim and traveler, Huien- Tsang,
mentions two Ashoka pillars at Sravasti. The place forms an important
angle in the Buddhist Triangle of Sarnath-Sravasti-Kushinagar in the
eastern Uttar Pradesh. The place rose to prominence when excavation
works revealed that Saheth was the original site of once magnanimous
Jetavana monastery. The place saw sudden spurt in tourism after that
The place is full of numerous monasteries and shrines related to
Buddhism apart from quite a few Stupas. Although most of these are in
ruins, the place has a charm of its own. That is why; scores of visitors
from all over the world visit this place. It has been reveled in
excavation and post-excavation research works that the period of
constructions of most of these shrines range from 3rd Century BC to 12th
Century AD. Emperor Ashoka started the construction works that was
continued by his successors. Kushana and Gupta rulers later carried it
forward. It can be broadly classified that while most of the Stupas
belong to the Kushana period, the temples are predominantly in the Gupta
style. One of the earliest Stupas, probably dating to the 3rd century
BC, contained relics of the Buddha. Nobody knows where these relics are.
A colossal statue of the Buddha was also found here during the
excavation that was surprisingly in healthy state. It was later
transferred to Calcutta Museum in order to save it from being stolen.