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Address: Near Essel World | Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Mumbai (Bombay) 400091, India
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+91 22 3374 7501
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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It is exactly the way you see in the picture added with great positivity from the ambience where it's located. Three ways to reach there 1. Ferry from marve 2. Ferry from Gorai... read more

Reviewed 14 April 2017
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Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

It is exactly the way you see in the picture added with great positivity from the ambience where it's located. Three ways to reach there 1. Ferry from marve 2. Ferry from Gorai 3. Drive all the way via Mira bhayandar . Third option is super long route yet equally fun. If you happen to spend the whole day..... Take... More 

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Reviewed 13 April 2017

i didn't like this place as it was very restricted place and the staff and security persons are very rude and their tone is not good.

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

Visited the pagoda during the day. It is huge, clean and calm. Feels different than the regular hustle-bustle of Mumbai. 10-day Vipassana meditation courses are also conducted here. You can see the classes in progress from outside. The open area is big enough for a long stroll and the view of Mumbai city is amazing. Would be better to visit... More 

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Reviewed 11 April 2017

Very nice place. Near essel world. You can go to Borivai jetti by rickshaw or bus. And from there you have to take a ferry boat to reach the Pagoda. It's beautiful. The canteen facilities are good and reasonable. No need to carry water or eatables as everything is available.

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Thane, India
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This place is very beautiful. This is Pagoda is very huge in size. It is very beautifully made and maintained.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Reviewed 11 April 2017

This is very calm place, who what do meditation this is good place for them, this is walking distance from essel world.

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Reviewed 9 April 2017

Awesome place..just next to waterkingdom and essel world... very peaceful ....serene...clean....beautiful shining golden appearance.. beautiful sunset at evening can be seen from this place...can be accessed /or reached through boat/ferry ride..

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Reviewed 7 April 2017

This is one of the largest monuments you'll se in Mumbai. It has great architecture. You'll be amazed to see the beautiful colors. It is a good idea to visit the pagoda when going to Essel world. The pagoda opens at 9a.m. and you can easily finish the visit and reach essel world by 10.30 a.m. You can buy pretty... More 

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Reviewed 6 April 2017 via mobile

A group of us went to the pagoda for a couple hours one afternoon. It has beautiful architecture and lots of information on Buddah and the Vipassana course. It's also nice to get away from the hustle and bustle of Mumbai, although it is kind of strange that it is right beside a theme park.

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Reviewed 6 April 2017

Interesting monument to visit if you are in Mumbai, the journey crossing the bay by boat is nice and if you are into Vipassana meditation you can even sit for an hour or more meditationg in the hall under Buddha relics!

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