“It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you.” -Buddha
Vipassana is an ancient meditation technique rediscovered by Gautam Buddha wherein one has to sit in silence and observe his bodily sensations. Global Vipassana Pagoda is a meditation hall located in Gorai, Mumbai. It is supposed to be the largest meditation hall in the world with a capacity of accommodating ~8,000 people.
I had been hearing about this pagoda for quite a long time now and hence decided to go there on a bright sunny day.
Built in Burmese style architecture, this place is ideal for practicing photography for budding photographers like me!
From the foot of Pagoda
Back view of Buddha Statue
Artificial Waterfall within the Pagoda Complex
How to get there:
Catch a ferry for Essel World from ferry ticket counter at Gorai
Ticket price: Rs 100/- per head for round trip
Once you reach the entrance of pagoda, pick up and drop service to the foot of Pagoda is available for Rs 5 per head.
What to do:
The pagoda complex consists of the following:
- Main pagoda, where only people who have enrolled for 10 days Vipassana course are allowed.
- Meditation hall where one can sit in silence for 10 minutes and experience Vipassana meditation.
- Photo gallery portraying entire life story of Buddha.
- Food court