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“One of the wonders of India”

Global Vipassana Pagoda
Ranked #15 of 506 things to do in Mumbai
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed 14 May 2014

It is a grand Pagoda. Each sunday, meditating in the pagoda is a great experience. Vell maintained by the organization. It is a place where you can rest your worries and dive into your inner-self!!

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Reviewed 14 May 2014

This location is good for a day trip by road and ferry service. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a meditation center (devoted for peace and harmony) declared as one of the "Seven Wonders of Maharashtra" by Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC). A rare opportunity to learn Anapana Meditation in 10 minutes. Vipassana meditation is the personal purification of the mind. It is the highest form of awareness—the total perception of the mind-matter phenomena in its true nature. It is the choiceless observation of things as they are. Please viisit web site: http://www.globalpagoda.org/what-is-vipassana. Also, there are 220 beautiful paintings to watch. There 15 mins video session which presents you how they have constructed by using interlocking stones.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

WOW!!! that's a great place to Meditate but to reach the place, it takes a lot of time. though Ferry is also an Option but then a lot of walking is required as the feeder connectivity service is not as frequent. However, its a WONDER worth visiting!!!

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Reviewed 26 April 2014

Global Vipassana Pagoda is a peaceful place amidst the hustle bustle associated with a city. Those who love peace in their life definitely need to visit this Global Vipassana Pagoda. After you enter this place you disconnect with the outer world and enter a new world which is truly peaceful.

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Reviewed 24 April 2014

The way to reach the pagoda involves a boat ride through the back waters & then a small walk through a water park - if you are coming via Malad - probably symptomatic of the travails of man in life before getting to understand the truth.

The pagoda looks magnificent almost like burnished gold as one approaches it through back waters in a boat - do take a few snaps .

The structure is grand , well maintained & neat.It also is embellished in gold(in the roof) , Burmese teak & the roof is set very high to probably give a feeling of grandness as in most prayer halls.The place has trained guides to usher you in & you can also participate in a short Vipasana meditation to get a feel of the great art popularized by Late SN Goenka. .

There is a museum/display gallery of sorts within the pagoda complex - worth a visit if you like garish colorful rendition of India's mythical past !

The cafeteria within the complex provided decent offerings - do indulge in tasting Vada pao , the typical Mumbai snack of bread with spicy potato fillings with hot sugary tea at the end of your visit

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