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Global Vipassana Pagoda
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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.
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“very nice place”
Reviewed October 13, 2012

the pagoda is a gift from Burma and made in Burmees style lovely place, most of the pagoda is finished but the hotel and some more little buildings are still under construction.
there is a guide meditation for people 20 min, in Hindi and if you ask also in English.
nice place to spent away from Mumbai,,,the road igoing from Bandra to the temple takes 75 min and is also lovely green country side..

Visited October 2012
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“Global Vipassana Pagoda - Vipassana center”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

where u get information abt vipasana n it is very nice place....full of discipline and attraction of nature...

Visited December 2011
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“The Golden Pagoda”
Reviewed July 1, 2012

Last April ,I visited Pagoda while returning from Essel world with my friends .This was my very first visit to Pagoda and was just awesome.Beautiful architechture and well mantained and very peaceful.and you if really want to see its real beauty , I must advise to visit at sunset .Its fabulouse !!!! Its just a look like a Golden kingdom.Its having a huge Bell , an white elephant and a huge statue of Buddha,when you look at him for a moment you just forget evrything and just smile with pure heart.you can feel sweet sound of thousands of small small bells at the top of dome of Pagoda.I just can imagine if it just refresh our mind from outside, It MUST have more magic inside .Overall MUST VISIT place..... !!

Visited April 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“global pagoda (better than essel world)”
Reviewed June 20, 2012

things to see
1.beautiful architechture
2.paintings of buddha
3.the dome (the largest one in the world)
4.experience the ferry ride
(marve beach to pagoda and vice versa)
all those who know yoga should take interest in visiting this place

Visited January 2012
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Panjim, India
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“Fabulous Monument”
Reviewed June 10, 2012

A visit to Mumbai for a tourist is incomplete without a visit to the Global Pagoda at Borivali. The Central pillarless dome is reportedly the biggest prayer hall in Asia and is an architectural marvel. Going around the dome and reading all the ancient Buddhist scriptures and sayings of Buddha, enlightens one to the wisdom of the Great One. Visitors have to follow normal discipline while inside the dome. Be prepared to climb quite a bit of steps and steep surfaces. Provide a full day for the visit as it is far from normal transit points of Mumbai.

The Vipassana centre at Igatpuri , Nasik ,may not be as fabulous as this one , but provides a far superior quality of meditative environment. The Global Pagoda is fast becoming one of the prime tourist attractions of Mumbai.

Visited October 2011
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