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“one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra”

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.
Bengaluru, India
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“one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra”
Reviewed August 15, 2013

It is funny how sometimes we just randomly visit places without knowing its significance. Spending a day in Mumbai, we had an ad-hoc plan of a drive to Pagoda after a short trip to Gorai Beach. When we reached the venue, it was too late in the night and we just had a glimpse of the architecture from outside and returned. When I was back from the trip, did I research on its highlights and was saddened that I actually missed getting involved with a valuable tradition. Read my travel stories on rashmisreedharan.blogspot.in

Visited September 2012
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“great...”
Reviewed July 31, 2013

long drive to Pagoda... thn really beautiful architect.. just awesome to be there.......... carry your food, water etc... as its so far from city...

Visited July 2013
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Nairobi, Kenya
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“Meditation on your mind!!!!”
Reviewed July 29, 2013

If you are looking for a few days of Solitude and would like to meditate then the place to be is Global vipassana Pagoda. It is one the largest structures built without pillar supports and can seat 5 people at one go when complete. Situated about 40 Kms from CST railway station on the western line it can be accessed from Gorai jetty by boat. those wishing to go by Road will have to travel all the way to bhayander before reaching the Pagoda.

Visited December 2012
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Meditation”
Reviewed July 3, 2013

For meditation, its a very good place. But as a traveler, you can go and see. Its a huge hall without any support. At a time 3000 people will sit there for meditation. Complete silence.

Visited March 2013
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“Shabby and Poorly Maintained”
Reviewed June 24, 2013

We were so disappointed! The entrance is grand but as soon as you cross the gates, you are greeted by cracked and broken marble steps and gravel and mud everywhere. The workmanship is crude and there is seepage already, even in the main structure. even the paint is peeling off in certain places due to the rains. The podium has not been laid out properly and there are gaps and cracks in the stone tiling. Even if it is still under construction at least the completed portions should be maintained and attractive but this was hardly the case! I hardly felt any peace there, I am sorry to say...

Visited June 2013
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