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Address: Borivali Near Essel World | Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Mumbai (Bombay) 400091, India
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+91 22 3374 7501
9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
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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Beautiful place!

One of the best architectural monuments in and around Mumbai. I feel this is one of the least commercialised tourist place.

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One of the best architectural monuments in and around Mumbai. I feel this is one of the least commercialised tourist place.

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Good thing about the place 1) Excellent location, far from city chaos, boat ride from Gorai jetty beefs up the experience. 2) Excellent architecture with scenic surroundings which I feel would be more pronounced during monsoons. Things which need improvement 1) Food at canteen has very limited variety. 2) I believe very few people know about this place. I have... More 

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It is an Burmese Designed Pagoda, made as giving an expression of gratitude to Myanmar, the country that preserved Vipassana. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is declared as one of the "Seven Wonders of Maharashtra" There is no entry fee to see the Global Vipassana. Identity Proof is Required for foreign visitors. There is canteen facility for the visitors. Devotees &... More 

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It is definitely a one-time visit place where you will find the spirituality of a kind. If you are a spiritual person then you would not mind going to Pagoda which is definitely at one end of the city. It takes 1.5 hours to travel from Borivali ()includes traffic hours).

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It's on the same island as of essel world. It's structure is beautifuly made. When we go there it was still renovating. But it's architecture is amazing. No extra entry fees needed except essel world ticket.

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The Pagoda was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, then President of India,A symbol of peace and spirituality towering high on Mumbai's skyline.There are courses conducted here in vipassana you can participate in.

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The Global Pagoda is an architectural marvel. If you have not gone through their meditation course, then you are allowed to view the interior of the Pagoda through a glass wall. There is a section depicting the life history of Buddha. The story is told through few hundred beautiful pictures. Whoever is managing the Pagoda should pay attention to the... More 

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At first, we weren't really sure if we should visit or not since its slightly far from Mumbai and we had read some bad reviews but we are happy we eventually did. It worth a visit! The view and the pagoda itself are very beautiful and unique. Plus it has a restaurant there which is very convenient since it's out... More 

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Visited this today We went via public transport from Bhayender west station where you can get the no. 4 bus for which the pagoda is the last stop. Frequency is once every 45 mins. and its 21 rs for the ticket. You can also get there via the ferry from the Gorai creek, its 25 rs for the ticket.From the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is a great mix of modern day Buddhist architecture with spirituality that offers a peep into the ways of Dharma. It is a unique place to visit in Mumbai.

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