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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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Spritual, Pleasant Experience

Couldn't believe that a lovely place is right behind my place in Borivali where I am staying since... read more

Reviewed 4 days ago
rahul m
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Spiritual peace

Wonderful opportunity to escape the chaos of Mumbai and visit this beautiful Pagoda. Not a... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Karen S
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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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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Couldn't believe that a lovely place is right behind my place in Borivali where I am staying since 30 years. Visited recently ..had a great and spiritual experience. Do not miss the 10 min guided mediation session. Do take a round of entire some which...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wonderful opportunity to escape the chaos of Mumbai and visit this beautiful Pagoda. Not a skyscraper in site and an opportunity to take time out and enjoy the peace.

Thank Karen S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a pagoda which has been built in Gorai for meditation. Just near Essel world , this can very easily reached from borivali-station. It is a well done place where many people come for meditation and for reading books or for some solitude. Please...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The structure of Global Pagoda is huge and very well made with stone. I liked this place very much for the silent atmosphere.This is a world famous location that teaches meditation in the ancient technique of Vipassana.GLOBAL VIPASSANA PAGODA is best place to experience peace...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

on our way to essel world, we happen to stop here for visit, place is mesmerising , we clicked good pictures, though hall was closed at that time.. but would like to do vipasana here

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I visited this place with my grand mother as she was a part of their community. It is one of the most peaceful place in the town. We sat in one of the room for meditation and had a good time.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

i visit here in the month of july on my birthday where we are on the ay to waterkingdome.very good silent place.the place which refresh your soul.the place is fully impressed to family members.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited the place with family. Very well maintained , Lot of steps to climb . For aged visitors wheel chairs available. Curio shop is also there where lot of items are available. The video and picture gallery is also there. It is worth visiting if...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Place is good for all ages to visit Visit it on week days, Weekends and holidays are all over crowded Easy to visit from Borivali Railway station (Easy Accesible from around Mumbai) ---> Gorai---> Cross Jetty---> Walk to Pagoda 200 meters (Ride also available) This...More

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The boat trip was half the fun. The place itself is quite impressive. Reserve one hour. Photographing is allowed

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Medha R
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Response from LokeshGoenka | Property representative | Reviewed this property |
Hi free guides are available at the site.
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Shilpa S
27 December 2017|
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Response from PR_GlobalPagoda | Property representative |
Dear Visitor, There are guides available at Global Vipassana Pagoda to help a visitor have a complete experience of the place. The Guide team will be mindfully happy to take you around for a Dhamma Tour. The tour at Pagoda... More
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Shilpa S
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Response from SaketRajput | Reviewed this property |
Hi Shilpa, You will have take the western express highway til bhayander and then take the road which connects to gorai if you wish to come by car. The boat does not ferry cars. Check the global vipassana pagoda website for... More
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