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“think of Meditation”

Global Vipassana Pagoda
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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.
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“think of Meditation”
Reviewed February 14, 2013

silent place to meditate near gorai and u can reach easily to gorai by bus and from there u may catch ferry to the pagoda lovely place near essel world u can also go by raod directly from bhyander

Visited December 2012
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“Good but workmanship so so”
Reviewed February 9, 2013

It's a nice place for meditation for sure. However, I was not too satisfied with the workmanship. It's a long drive from the heart of Mumbai and therefore not worth the effort

Visited July 2012
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“Pagoda is outsatnding”
Reviewed January 25, 2013

A good place to visit but far away from the city so need to couple it with esselworld or waterworld trip as its a long trip. Some portions where still under construction when we visited

Visited May 2012
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“A place to visit for ur mind”
Reviewed January 17, 2013

Not sure why this is not on the attraction map when u can see it right when u take off or sometimes land into mumbai.

A short commute from the city, but a place where many go to find peace

Visited November 2012
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“so close....”
Reviewed January 10, 2013

The place is in a way so close...The same route of Esselworld and yet it is so different qualitatively.....Leaving the jetty is as if leaving the life of hustle and bustle...must visit

Visited March 2012
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