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Global Vipassana Pagoda

Global Vipassana Pagoda in Mumbai is marked as one of Seven Wonders of Maharashtra, by the state’s government. This meditation hall was inaugurated in February 2009, by the then President of India Pratibha Patil. Large crystals are used on pagoda’s pinnacle and the spire is covered with real gold, and special Burmese ornamental umbrella on the top. Rest of the pagoda is gold painted. This is a symbol of peace, built in remembrance of Lord Buddha and his teachings, which is followed by innumerable devotees. This pagoda has semblance with Shwedagon Pagoda of Myanmar and is built by blending the aspects of modern technology and ancient India in order to make it last at least for a thousand years.

Inside the pagoda is a hollow space of 6000 meters sq, which serves as a meditation hall. This area accommodates about 8000 disciples who practice the Vipassana meditation under the guidance of S.N. Goenka. Other than the meditation hall, the Global Vipassana Pagoda consists of museum, underground parkade, administration building, library, study room, smaller pagodas, and a pagoda dome with relic of Lord Budhha.