The pagoda is a symbol of the Buddha in meditation.
Mumbai is a hotpot of cultural diversity and all across the metropolis, you'll find yourself amidst a plethora of archaeological wonders. Grabbing a comfortable seat on this bandwagon, is one of Mumbai's unique attractions- the Global Vipassana Pagoda. A monument built as a tribute to the philosophies of Lord Gautama Buddha, this pagoda pulls in thousands of visitors and devotees annually. Considered as a landmark of peace and the abode of tranquility, this Global Vipassana Pagoda aspires to proliferate the teachings of compassion and non-violence while it also promotes the practise of 'Vipassana'.
Why is this place a must-visit?
Planning of the construction of this Global Vipassana Pagoda began in 1997 while the actual building commenced in 2000 and was completed back in 2009. This sprawling pagoda consists of three sub-domes and interestingly, the first and largest dome, was completed when the bone relics of Gautama Buddha were enshrined in the central locking stone of the dome. This act credited this facility as the world's largest hollow stone masonry structure containing the holy relics of the Buddha. These relics were originally found in Bhattiprolu, which is located in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh in south India.
The center of the Global Vipassana Pagoda, also houses the world's largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars but with an ancient technique of interlocking stones.The meditation hall beneath it seats 8000 people and there's also an art gallery which has been dedicated to the life of the Buddha and his teachings. There's also an onsite meditation centre here, which offers regular free courses on meditation and other teachings so if you've been meaning to explore your spiritual side, this is where you can come to. You can even stay here for a weekend getaway, if you enroll in any of their classes!
The ultimate aim of this pagoda complex is to express heartfelt gratitude to Gautama Buddha for dispensing a universal teaching for the eradication of suffering, to talk about the life of Buddha and to also provide a place for the practice of Vipassana meditation.
So after the chaos and rush of this pandemic settles, if you're in and around these premises, do make sure to drop by! This place might be the peace haven if you've been searching for and it's great a place where you can catch a sesh of me-time. Also, do keep your camera handy.
Location: Global Pagoda Road, near Esselworld Gorai, Borivali West, Mumbai
Timings: 9AM - 7PM, everyday, although entry time is till 6.30PM