The construction of Global Vipassana Pagoda at Gorai, the world’s largest pagoda, was completed after Subash Chandra Goel, the president of Global Vipassana Foundation, enshrined the relics of Buddha at the top of the dome. The Pagoda is expected to be inaugurated at the hands of the President of India Pratibha Patil next month. Situated off the Gorai creek in suburban Mumbai, alongside popular amusement park, Esselworld, The Global Pagoda is considered an architectural wonder and is a place which imparts Vipassana, the scientific technique of meditation. The monument, under construction for the past 11 years, will be formally inaugurated by President Pratibha Patil, who herself is a practioneer of Vipassana, on February eighth. It will open for tourists from the next day. The stone structure, which has a 280-feet diameter and is 325 feet tall has Gautam Buddha’s original bone relics placed above the Dhamma Chakra. With genuine relics enshrined, the Pagoda is likely to attract devotees of Buddha from all over the world. The stones have been brought from Jodhpur as they are capable of withstanding sea weather. The centre of the Pagoda contains the world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars. The inside of the Pagoda is hollow and serves as a very large meditation hall with an area covering more than 6000 sq. mtrs. The cost of the Global Pagoda has grown ten times in the past 11 years from Rs. 7 Crore to 75 Crore. The sheer size, grandeur and architectural style of Pagoda will reinforce India’s image on the spirituality and global tourism map. Ajaz Khan – NMTV News.
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