Mumbai is a place where one would find everything related to life. Culture, heritage, urban lifestyle, movies, temples, dargah, and stock markets everything can be found in Mumbai. It was my greatest achievement that I was traveling to Mumbai all the way from Surat to spend some great days with the local culture of the city. Apart from adventure activities, I often relate myself to the cultural part of a place. Therefore I try to know more about a place through its cultural significance. I had already paid a visit to the Haji Ali Dargah in Mumbai which is related to Islam and now I wanted to visit the pagoda which is known to be the place of worship for the Buddhists. The Global Vipassana Pagoda in Mumbai is one such monument here which symbolizes peace harmony. I went ahead to visit this pagoda during my stay in Mumbai.
The Global Vipassana Pagoda is found in the north-west Mumbai near Gorai. It is more or less like a meditation hall and therefore it guarantees you peace of mind. The pagoda was built recently and was inaugurated by Smt. Pratibha Patil in the year 2009. The pagoda is like showing gratitude to Lord Buddha who is known to be a saint who preached peace and harmony throughout his life time. The pagoda represents traditional Burmese design which is derived from Myanmar. The shape and structure of the pagoda closely resembles to the one found in Yangon in Myanmar, known as Shwedagon Pagoda. One can see the striking similarity of the art form intermixed with ancient and contemporary sense of art.
The center of the Pagoda is splendid as it is perhaps the largest stone dome made without the support of any pillars. An approximate height of the dome is 29 meters whereas the entire height of the total building is 96.12 meters. The overall area of the building can accommodate about 8000 people at a time. I was really amazed to find that a 10-days course is provided to the people free of charge who want to be a part of the pagoda. I didn’t have much time to be a part of the ten days program but it is one of the finest approaches to meet peace in life.