On the edge of Mumbai suburbs, a place of zen and peace stands tall vibrating positivity and attracting large amount of people to it. The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation center near Gorai, borivali in mumbai. The Pagoda was built or completed in 2009 february and was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, who was President of India at that time, on 8 February 2009. This magnificent structure is built on a land donated near Gorai creek. It stands between gorai creek and the Arabian Sea. The pagoda is built to serve as a monument of peace and harmony worldwide.
The Global Vipassana Pagoda has been built to show deep gratitude to the Buddha, who, by his teachings help spread awareness in the world. His disciples who are the community of monks are practicing his teaching and spreading it everywhere so everyone can be benefitted by the knowledge. It is adorned with traditional Burmese design which is also an expression of gratitude towards the country of Myanmar for preserving the ancient knowledge of practice of Vipassana. The shape of the pagoda is inspired by the design of the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon, Myanmar. A perfect combination of ancient and modern technogogy is used to make it last for years to come.
One of the simplest way to reach here, is by Boat. But there are other ways to reach here like auto rickshaw, Cabs and private cars. The dome can be seen from distance from kandivali onwards. It glows at night with beautiful lights decorated on it. The central dome of the Pagoda contains the world's largest stone dome built today, which is standing without any supporting pillars in the middle of it. The dome is approximately 29 metres tall , while the height of the total building is 96.12 meters, which is supposedly almost twice the size of the previously largest hollow stone monument in the world,namely the Gol Gumbaz Dome situated in Bijapur in India. Inside this pagoda, its unique design and hollow structure can accommodate large amount of people approximately 9000 at a time for practicing Vipassana Meditation as taught by Mr. S. N. Goenka, which is religiously practiced in over 100 countries today.
On the inaugural day, one-day meditation course was held at the pagoda on 21 December 2008, with Mr S.N. Goenka himself as the teacher. The main aim of behind building this pagoda complex is, among others, first, to express gratitude to Gautama Buddha for dispensing what followers believe is a universal teaching for the eradication of suffering, as well as to educate general public about the life and teaching of the Buddha, at the same time to provide a place for the practice of meditation. The 10-day vipassana meditation courses which are free of charge are held at this meditation centre which is a part of the Global Vipassana Pagoda complex.