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Address: Near Essel World | Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village, Mumbai (Bombay) 400091, India
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+91 22 3374 7501
09:00 - 18:30
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 18:30
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours

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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Peaceful and beautiful place

Serene, majestic, awesome, a place for prayers, self introspection, meditation and to be with family

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Serene, majestic, awesome, a place for prayers, self introspection, meditation and to be with family

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an amazing haven in the middle of the chaos and bustle of Mumbai. It is a bit of a ride away, but worth it if you're seeking peace and quiet.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Well its not everytime you can plan a bike ride to such a place. If you get a chance JUST DO IT. Must Visit this place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been involved in this project myself in an indirect ways and this is the place to be this is an icon and respect to all Buddha's from the beginning of life till today a must go place, you may also have an option to take a 10 day vipassana course there

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a hidden jewel around Mumbai. Its architecture attracts you so much. Peaceful place to experience and practice meditation. At this place you can stay for 10 days to practice meditation but the condition is that you have to remain quiet for 10 days. You cannot talk or speak to anyone for those 10 days. But you don't have... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you stay in Mumbai or around in noisy area, it’s a best place to feel enchanted and overcome your inner spirit. Architect is really WOW.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I have been to this monument and what catches your glimpse first is the architecture involved in the making of this monument. A boat ride from marve or gorai takes you to this monument.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

One of the best architectural monuments in and around Mumbai. I feel this is one of the least commercialised tourist place.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Good thing about the place 1) Excellent location, far from city chaos, boat ride from Gorai jetty beefs up the experience. 2) Excellent architecture with scenic surroundings which I feel would be more pronounced during monsoons. Things which need improvement 1) Food at canteen has very limited variety. 2) I believe very few people know about this place. I have... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2017

It is an Burmese Designed Pagoda, made as giving an expression of gratitude to Myanmar, the country that preserved Vipassana. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is declared as one of the "Seven Wonders of Maharashtra" There is no entry fee to see the Global Vipassana. Identity Proof is Required for foreign visitors. There is canteen facility for the visitors. Devotees &... More 

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