The Global Vipassana Pagoda is the biggest of its kind in India. It is the largest unsupported stone-made dome in the world. Though the construction of the Pagoda was started in 2000, it was conceptualized and the foundation stone was laid down in 1997. The Pagoda was built to replicate the Shwedagon Pagoda of Yangon in Myanmar.
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The Pagaoda took 11 years to be fully built and has gone ahead and become over three times bigger in size than the previous largest stone dome in India, the Gol Gumbaz. Close to 2.5 million tons of stone was used to build the monument which can accommodate close to 8,000 people meditating at a time.
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There is a Myanmar Gate at the entrance of the Pagoda, followed by a monolithic statue of the Buddha, a bell tower and a gong tower along with several canopies and decorative pillars that make a visit to the Global Vipassana Pagoda a must.
If you’re looking forward to sightseeing, and if you’re at the Pagoda, you might as well explore the Filmy City, Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the Kanheri Caves, all in Mumbai.
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