History of Shravasti teerth begins with the
formation of Janpad's by Yugadidev Shri Adishwar Prabhu. This place was the capitol
city of North Kaushal Janpad. Many Jain Kings such as King Jitari, the father of
third Teerthankar Shri Sambhavnath Bhagwan and others past here after Bhagwan Adinath.
King Prasanjeet ruled this place at the time of Bhagwan Mahaveer. He was a loyal
follower of Prabhu Veer. The main listener of Prabhu Veer King of Magadh Samrat
Shrenik has wedded the sister of King Parasanjeet. This was also called by the names
of Kunal Nagari and Chandrikapuri in the old days. Many Jain temples and Stoops
(pillars) were present in this city. It is specified in history that greater king
Samrat Ashok and his grand son King Samprati also constructed many temples and Stoops
at this holy place. This teerth place is also descripting in "Brihatkalp". Chinese
traveler Fahiyan has also described this holy place in his memories of traveling
India during 5th century BC. One more Chinese traveler during 7th century BC, Hun-Yen-Sang,
has described this place as Jet van Monastery. Later this was called as Manikapuri.
This was ruled by King Mayurdhwaj during 900 AD, by King Hansdhwaj during 925 AD,
by King Makardhwaj during 950 AD, by King Sudhavadhwaj during 975 AD and by King
Suhridhwaj during 100 AD. All of them were Jain Kings belonging to Bhar Vansh. Dr.
Bennet and Dr. Vincent Smith have also specified them as Jain Kings. Work done by
King Suhridhwaj for strengthening religion and defending the temples in his empires
from Muslim attack will always taken as a great reminder of history. He also defeated
Mohamed Gazanavi. Acharya Jinprabh Surishwarji has specified this teerth as Mahith
in his granth "Vividh Teerth Kalp" in 14th century of VS. During those days many
Jin-home having big boundary walls, idols and Dev kulika's were present in this
city. Doors of the temple use to shut down automatically at the time of Sunset and
opens in the morning. This was said to affect of Shri Manibhadra Yaksha. A Lion
use to visit the temple on the occasion of annual gathering and would go only after
the completion of Aarti. Allaudin Khilji and his soldiers damaged this temple. Pandit
Vijaysagarji and Shri Soubhagya Vijayji have described this teerth in 18th century.
Number of ancient idols and inscription were recovered after digging Sahet Mahet
area near Shravasti village. These are kept in museums at Lucknow and Mathura. Archeological
Department has acquired an ancient temple present near the Mahet Fort. This place
is described as the birthplace of Bhagwan Sri Sambhavnath. The damaged remaining
at Sahet Mahet reminds the ancient ness of this place. At present this is the only
temple present at this teerth place.