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Address: Borivali Near Essel World | Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Mumbai (Bombay) 400091, India
Phone Number: 912233747501
09:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Hall near Gorai, North-west of...

The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Hall near Gorai, North-west of Mumbai, India. The Pagoda was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, then President of India on 8 February 2009.[1] It is built on donated land on a peninsula between Gorai creek and the Arabian Sea. The pagoda is to serve as a monument of peace and harmony. The Global Vipassana Pagoda has been built out of gratitude to the Buddha, his teaching and the community of monks practicing his teaching. Its traditional Burmese design is an expression of gratitude towards the country of Myanmar for preserving the practice of Vipassana. The shape of the pagoda is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda (Golden Pagoda) in Yangon, Myanmar. It was built combining ancient Indian and modern technology to enable it to last for a thousand years. The center of the Global Vipassana Pagoda contains the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. The height of the dome is approximately 29 metres, while the height of the building is 96.12 meters, which is twice the size of the previously largest hollow stone monument in the world, the Gol Gumbaz Dome in Bijapur, India. External diameter of the largest section of the dome is 97.46m and the shorter sections is 94.82m. Internal diameter of the dome is 85.15m.[4] The inside of the pagoda is hollow and serves as a very large meditation hall with an area covering more than 6000 m2 (65,000 ft2). The massive inner dome seats over 8000 people enabling them to practice the non-sectarian Vipassana meditation as taught by Mr S.N. Goenka and now being practiced in over 100 countries. An inaugural one-day meditation course was held at the pagoda on 21 December 2008, with Mr S.N. Goenka in attendance as the teacher. The aim of the pagoda complex is, among others, to express gratitude to Gautama Buddha for dispensing what followers believe is a universal teaching for the eradication of suffering, to educate the public about the life and teaching of the Buddha, and to provide a place for the practice of meditation. 10-day vipassana meditation courses are held free of charge at the meditation centre that is part of the Global Vipassana Pagoda complex.

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The largest concrete dome structure

It is a delight and worth the streamer ride. Worth paying it a visit. I had been for Vipassana meditation many years ago, definitely worth 10 days if you want to be here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is a delight and worth the streamer ride. Worth paying it a visit. I had been for Vipassana meditation many years ago, definitely worth 10 days if you want to be here.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I visited the Global Pagoda for a 10 day Vipassana Course. On the last day, we got a chance to visit the magnificent monument created to establish peace in the universe.The vastness and depth engulfs you the moment you walk through the domes.It is an experience to experience it yourself. My heart filled with gratitude for those who worked for... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Have been here multiple times, alone and with family and friends. The approach we usually took was the short ferry from Gorai. There's a longer approach by road from Mira Road side. But have always preferred the ferry one. The contrast is amazing that one side the crowd heads towards the Essel World theme park and on the other side... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Global vipashana kendra or global pagoda is asias largest pagoda and we are proud to have this fabulous structure in our city. Just few km away from boriwali station.. mumbai suburbs There are two ways to reach global pagoda.. 1] catch share auto from boriwali to gorai jetty and then jetty ticket [ Rs 50/- return] 2] by bus via... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We found the drive quite long to the temple. The site was lovey, but hot. We did not spend a lot of time as there was not much going on while we were there. We circled the temple, looked inside, took some pictures and left again. The quality of the construction was a bit disappointing to me.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Well this is a hidden gem in Mumbai. I was surprise when i visited this place for the first time. To reach there you need to take a boat ride from Borivali west. The temple is huge with very beautiful architecture. You will love the place cause its so peaceful and freshens u up.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recently we had a visit to Essel World as weekend gate away situated near Gorai Village, We have reached Essel World via road from Bhayandar. After our half day trip we decided to Visit Pagoda as we were excited from word of mouth publicity from our near and dear ones. Its a great place, we left our mobiles, . etc... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The location is excellent. You feel very calm here. However eating option is limited to the canteen only. And the food is very average. The drive to the Pagoda is another treat. On the way you can visit Manori and Gorai beach.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited this place with my 2 year kid and had awesome time. It's huge and unique place to go for. We reached there by ferry from gorai beach. There is newly created play area for kids and it's really clean and neat. Good for day visit with family and kids.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

It's the largest pillar-less dome in Asia with an impressive premises inspired by Buddhist architecture. They have an art gallery as well. Also a good place to find out about Vipassana. Taking the boat ride also gives good views. They have free guides to walk you through the area and familiarize you with the dome and the philosophy of Vipassana.

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