Global vipassana pagoda – 12 facts you didnt know!


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global vipassana pagoda mumbai

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 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

01. It has been designed as a replica of the Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon, Myanmar to show the gratitude of India to Myanmar for preserving the non-sectarian Vipassana Meditation, in its pristine purity, when it was lost in the country of its birth, India.

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02. The genuine relics of the Buddha are enshrined here.

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03. It is one of the largest stone monuments in Asia.

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04. 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.

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05. 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).

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06. At its centre is a huge meditation hall, 280 feet in diameter which has a seating capacity of 8000 people.

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07. At 325 feet height, it is almost as tall as a 30 storey building.

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08. Approximately 2.5 million tons of stone was used in the construction.

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09. 3.87 million man-days were required to complete the monument.

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10. At 325 feet height, it is almost as tall as a 30 storey building.

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11. The construction work progressed without interruption supported selflessly by Vipassana meditators and devotees from around the world.

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12. It is expected to exist as a beacon of Peace and Harmony for the next 1000 years.

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How to reach global vipassana pagoda

By Public Transport from Mumbai City

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.

Exit on the Western side. From Chandavarkar Road, which is perpendicular to the railway line on the North End of the station, take BEST Bus no. 294 and 247 to Gorai Creek (Also known as Gorai ‘Khadi’ in vernacular)

Alternatively, you can take an autorickshaw to the Gorai Creek. The Creek is about 3.8 km from the Borivali Station.

At the Gorai Creek, you will have to take a boat to the other side of the creek. There are two options for this: Take the Esselworld Ferry Service, costing Rs. 50 for a return trip, or the local ferry service, costing Rs. 5 for a one-way trip.

If you take the Esselworld Ferry Service, you will disembark at the Esselworld jetty, from where you can walk to the Pagoda following the signs for the same. The last ferry leaves to the Global Vipassana Pagoda at 5.25 pm

The jetty on the other side of the creek for the local ferry is quite far from the Pagoda; hence you may have to take public transport on the other side. BEST runs a bus service, Bus no. 711 between the Pagoda and the local jetty every Sunday between 11 am to 6 pm.

From Bhayender Station (W) MBMT (Mira Bhayandar Municipal Transport ) route no. 4 Bus is available for Global Vipassana Pagoda. Timings 6.30 am to 6 .45 pm. Fare from Bhayandar Stn to Global Pagoda is Rs. 13.

There are alternative routes to reach the Pagoda, including an Esselworld Ferry service from Marve Beach, which is reached via Malad Station on the Western Railway Mumbai Suburban Line. However, the route(s) recommended above are the best possible and fastest routes to reach the Pagoda.

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