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Global Vipassana Pagoda

Near Essel World | Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Mumbai 400091, India
+91 22 6242 7501
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last day in India

We had been traveling thru many parts of India for about three weeks. Our guide/friend told us... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jesse A
Sheridan, Oregon

A silent place,,,,I visit this place once in every month to do meditation inside global... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Vaibhav H
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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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Near Essel World | Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Mumbai 400091, India
+91 22 6242 7501
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had been traveling thru many parts of India for about three weeks. Our guide/friend told us about the Pagoda and really wanted us to see it before we left the country. We got there early and found we couldn't get in til 9:00. It...More

Thank Jesse A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A silent place,,,,I visit this place once in every month to do meditation inside global pagoda....The vibration in the atmosphere is quite unique due to relics of BUDDHA.

Thank Vaibhav H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Manytimes we think,Am I behaving in other way or telling rude. This place improvises yourself.Be here with partner or without partner.Each and everybody should know how to enjoy life by making most use of time in all aspect.What we say does mean a lot to...More

Thank pramodk888
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful place can be accessible by road or by sea. Very vast place and beautiful architecture and can see the huge dome with out support.

Thank Viswanathan K
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Swap the Concrete Jungle of Mumbai for Some Meditation, you will get peace of mind here during meditation nice and serene surrounding beautiful architecture and well maintained clean place.has a lot of footfall with people visiting this place.

Thank Pawan K
Reviewed 12 October 2017

Nice built based on Thai culture. Calm place. Good for meditation and prayer. Very close by from Mumbai Suburban

Thank Bharat111450
Reviewed 29 September 2017

Didn't know that there is such as superb place of meditation in city like mumbai, i visited in month of august with family, honestly its great structure and unique place to visit its like a another world, there is a book library and even a...More

Thank devdaskumar
Reviewed 18 September 2017

Nice and serene surroundings. Beautiful architecture and well maintained. has a lot of footfall with people visiting this place.

Thank Sagar2307
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This is a great place to visit for peace and escape from the chaos of the city life. The pagoda itself is a beautiful piece of architecture and is almost 135 ft tall. The meditation hall and the whole area exudes peace & calm. I...More

Thank Soumya S
Reviewed 15 September 2017

Faceted near Essel world this monument is built very beautifully. You can see this place while going to essel world via ferry. You can relax your mind and body there. Although this is not an crowdy place.

Thank PraikB93
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Response from LokeshGoenka | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi, yes wheel chair is available at the site.
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8 June 2017|
Response from LokeshGoenka | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi below details would provide you ways to reach Pagoda By Public Transport from Mumbai City Reach Borivali Station on the Western Railway Mumbai Suburban line. This station is a major terminal on Western Railway’s Mumbai... More

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