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Address: Borivali Near Essel World | Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Mumbai (Bombay) 400091, India
Phone Number: 912233747501
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
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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 temple with all the domes looks spectacular. The cleanliness maintained along with the architecture instills the divine feeling the moment you enter through the steps. The... read more

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The temple with all the domes looks spectacular. The cleanliness maintained along with the architecture instills the divine feeling the moment you enter through the steps. The giant statue of Buddha is marvelous. The actual Vipassana course requires you to have a prior enrolment so that you can attend the 10 days session with the gurus. Information is available on... More 

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It is a great place and surprising to be in a big Metro like Mumbai, spiritual and architecture wonder, a Dome made with no pillars and can seat 8000 meditators at a time ... just amazing do not miss the making video ... and of course do a 10 day course

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a very beautiful place and if you wana go alone then you can enjoy the place very well. Its beauty, peace and the best part is d video gallery and paintings of buddha showing each life cycle. Food wad overall good in foodplaza a good quality food indeed. one can take ferry boat from Gorai and visit pagoda... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is not very far from my house but we'd never had the chance to visit until recently. It's surprisingly huge and quite nicely maintained. Boats are available from both Malad and Gorai. It was raining when we got there but it was still great fun.

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This is by far the best place to visit in Mumbai. This pagoda is the worlds largest pillar less pagoda and a great place to mediate. This is must visit place for spiritual travelers.

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The Mediation room it's so peaceful, that only entry makes in that room itself will calm down your thought s. The canteen served awesome food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Had been there with Family. Its such a beautiful, well maintained, clean and peaceful place. The best way to reach the place is via Gorai jetty. Its economical is very quick. I had taken the road to reach the place, but its quite time consuming to go by road. While coming back, I took the jetty, which was quite nice.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this structure is just next to esselworld.very beautiful entrance.has a huge vipasana hall. surrounding is also beautiful

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The place is very beautiful with so much creativity, cleanliness, peace, and amazing atmosphere. One could sit their for hours and not feel that the time is moving at all! By far the best place for meditation. And the sayings of Buddhism makes it more beautiful. The architecture is also painstakingly beautiful. A wonderful visit, and a recommended visit for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A great place for peace lovers. Beautiful pagoda away from the hustle and bustle of the Mumbai city . So a place worth visiting.

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