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Global Vipassana Pagoda,Mumbai(India)

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OVERVIEW

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 meters, 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. The external diameter of the largest section of the dome is 97.46 m and the shorter sections is 94.82m. The internal diameter is 85.15 m.[6] 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 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 Goenka in attendance as the teacher.

History

The pagoda is to serve as a monument of peace and harmony. The Global Vipassana Pagoda has been built out of gratitude to Sayagyi U Ba Khin (1899 - 1971), Vipassana teacher and the first Accountant-General of Independent Burma, who was instrumental in Vipassana returning to India, the country of its origin.The Global Vipassana Pagoda, Mumbai’s expression of gratitude to the Buddha, has carved a space for itself as one of the city’s prime architectural and cultural highlights within a relatively short period of time. Less than a decade old, the breathtakingly beautiful pagoda contains the world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. The dome is twice the size of the dome of the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur, which was previously the largest hollow stone monument in the world. Inaugurated in 2009 by Pratibha Patil, who was then prime minister of India, the Global Vipassana Pagoda took over eight years to build. While planning for its construction began in 1997, actual work on the primary structure started in 2000 and came to an end by 2008. However, the pagoda complex is still under construction to this day, with additional structures expected to be completed in the near future.

Best Time

Visit duration is subjective. If you are touring the place, it might take an hour. If you are attending a course, it may take 3 or 7 days, depending on the course duration. Visit Duration:1 to 2 hours

opening and closing time

6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. ENTRY FEE - no

General Information

Photographers and architects cannot but stop admiring the beauty of this monument. Learn about the structure of this monument from the officials and do not forget to take your clicks here. The monument is super tall and its tower stands proud with the Arabian waters as its backdrop. Take part in at least one course offered at the meditation centre here. One day courses are open for those who cannot free up much time. The Dhammapattana centre in the complex, offers 10 day course free of cost. So, if you're having a long vacation, do not miss out in this. You can stay the entire period, within the complex in the rooms located at the centre.

Near By Attraction

1. Water Kingdom 2. Be The Local Tours and Travel 3. Essel World 4. Infiniti Mall 5.Gorai Beach

Transportation

By train
Reach Borivali Station on the Western Railway Mumbai Suburban line. This station is a major terminal on Western Railway’s Mumbai suburban services. It is also well connected by State Transport Buses from Thane, Navi Mumbai & Mumbai cities
 

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Interesting facts about the Global Vipassana Pagoda

The technique of inter-locking stones is used to construct the monument. This negates the need for any pillars in the construction of the Pagoda. It contains the biggest pillar-less stone dome on earth. It is more than thrice the size of the previously largest stone dome structure – the Gol Gumbaz in Bijapur (90 feet in diameter) . At its centre is a huge meditation hall, 280 feet in diameter which has a seating capacity of 8000 people.

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