Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mumbai (Bombay)
Categories: Monuments, Tourist Spots
Take some time out of your busy travel itinerary to slow down and reflect at Global Vipassana Pagoda, a meditation hall topped with an impressive spire covered in real gold. Even if you do not meditate, the grand architecture of this attraction alone warrants a visit. Look for a large crystal on the pinnacle, which covers the world's largest stone dome built without supporting pillars. When you go, also look for a pagoda dome containing Buddha relics, library and study rooms, and a museum dedicated to the life of the Buddha. The complex also offers meditation courses. Check the attraction's website beforehand, as visitors are only allowed to enter during strict periods. Using our international travel planner, Gorai attractions like Global Vipassana Pagoda can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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If you are interested in buddhism and want to know more about religion and meditation, this is the place to visit. Excellent !
Peaceful place to enjoy a quiet moment and take in the beauty of the Pagoda. Feel free to walk around and explore the nearby area
Global Vipasanaa Pagoda, Gorai, Mumbai "I can not travel by the boat. I will be very, very sick. Let's return", cried one of our friend. We were standing at the Gorai Jetty but she did not allow us to buy the boat-tickets. We returned satisfying ourselves, with just the glimpse of the majestic Global Vipassana Pagoda. The impact of that golden glimpse was so strong that I vowed to visit it at the earliest. That was exactly an year ago, 1st January 2015. Since then, I was craving to visit that grand Golden Pagoda. We were at my sister's home in Borivali to celebrate the new year. My sister suggested, "Let's go to Ganpati Mandir and begin our new year auspiciously with God's blessings". I added, "Yes, let's go to Global Vipassana Pagoda and pray". My nephew finalized with "You both want God's blessings. I and Aditai want boat-ride, Mamma and Papa want all of us to be happy. So let's go to the Global Pagoda by boat". That's Indian Family's Single Kid-Impact , which finally decided our destination. January 1st, 2016, We reached the Gorai jetty by car. Purchased the tickets and sat in a boat to reach the other shore, where the pagoda shines in it's golden glory. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Center near Borivli-Gorai in Mumbai. It was inaugurated by the President of India Pratibhatai Patil in 2009. The pagoda serves as a monument of peace and harmony. The shape of the pagoda is a copy of the Shwedagon Pagoda ( Golden Pagoda ) in Yangon, Myanmar. It is built with combination of both ancient and modern Indian technology to maintain it in mint condition. The swaying coconut trees greeted us at the entrance of Global Vipassana Pagoda. At the shore, most of the picnickers took right turn( towards Essel World ), while our family turned to left on the High-way to spirituality, towards the serenity. The very first visual impact of Global Pagoda is spectacularly mind-blowing. All of us elders folded our hands, in reverence for the 'Namaskaar'. The children imitated us and rushed towards the Nagara-sqaure. Global Vipassana Pagoda's center comprises of the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. A very large meditation hall is located inside the pagoda. It has a capacity to accommodate over 8000 people for the Vipassana meditation. Here 10-day vipassana meditation courses are held free of charge at the meditation center situated at the Global Vipassana Pagoda complex. The pagoda has in all three sub-domes. The first and largest dome is the world's largest structure containing relics of the Buddha. The Global Vipassana Pagoda complex has, Pagoda dome containing relics of Gautam Buddha, Vipassana meditation centre Dhamma Pattana ,Two smaller pagodas on the north and south side, Library, study rooms and Administration building. The south pagoda contains 108 meditation cells for use by Vipassana students taking a meditation course at the adjoining meditation center. The lovely garden full of assorted trees adds to the scenic beauty of Global Pagoda. The spacious restaurant serves delicious snacks / meals at reasonable rates. Our new year began with peaceful meditation at the Global Vipassana Pagoda and the children were greatly impacted with our prosperous culture, tradition and spirituality.
Dedicated to the people and by the people. Excellency with regards to the monument architecture. One can learn meditation and achieve peacefulness by special programs conducted by the Vipassana. One must visit it if planning to come Mumbai or near by. Although commute to reach here may be a small issue unless go come by own vehicle. Public buses from Byander station on hourly basis available. Also Jetty/boats available from and to Malad and Borivali to reach here.
U can do self realisation only here by doing vipashyana shibir
This place is totally unique from other attractions in Mumbai. Not sure if this is monastery or what but place is very peaceful and disciplined. Entry is free, donations is the main source of revenue. Even the land of this place has been donated by affluent person. What I heard is people who did meditation courses donate often as they benefitted through the course. The main attraction is pagoda which is 325 feet, visible from many parts of western borivali and malad. Inside the dome there isn't even a single pillar which can accommodate approx 8000 for meditation. The architecture is marvellous and the facts of this place made me awestruck. Around the dome there are beautiful quotes inscribed on the wall spreading messages about peace. There is art gallery, video library about the history of Buddha and vipassana dhamma. Best way to reach is using public transport to save fuel and reduce carbon footprint, from borivali to gorai jetty take a bus or auto riskshaw, gorai jetty has frequent ferry services as essel world is beside pagoda. Ferry return charges is 50. Also ferries ply from marve beach. Pagoda is closed to visitors by 7:00pm. Best time to visit is in the evening for a glimpse of beautiful sunset as well as lighting to the pagoda.
This beautiful Pagoda is a place near Mumbai. It is a place to feel and experience being in Pagoda. I had been to this wonderful place away from city and nestled in a charming location. Feel relaxed end enjoy it.
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