Global Vipassana Pagoda is a pillar less, giant dome, which was built as a gratitude to Gautam Buddha and the community of monks. Also a gratitude to the country of Myanmar for preserving the technique and teachings of Vipassana. It is a monument of peace and harmony. Said what it’s stand for, it is also an architectural masterpiece.
Built with no support of pillars or columns and standing strong holding a huge massive structure on few keystones is itself amazing. The huge doors of the dome has intricate carvings of different figures. There’s also Big golden Chakra (wheel) at the top (center) of the dome, which has Buddha’s remains. You can meditate in this quite and peaceful dome if you have completed the 10 days course of vipassana meditation. There are other small pagodas surrounding the giant one, where the tourists and visitors can meditate for 10mins under the guidance of the teachers.
I left from house at 8 am to visit this place ( for the zillionth time). It was a weekday and also a peak hour, which means the terribly packed local trains. After I reached the station, I struggled my way into the battlefield of over packed and overflowing trains, where everyone was at war for their own piece of space. After entering that warzone of local train, I fought bravely for reaching to the other end of the exit, had my feet stomped by troops of heels and slippers and almost choked by my own dupatta (again), I’ll say bravely enough to get down at the bhayandar station alive.
Bhayandar?! You must be thinking, right? Why not Borivali? Well, mostly when I don’t have any company, I prefer going from here because it is more scenic and the roads running through the villages are more interesting to me. The dumping ground in Gorai doesn’t make me happy and the water of the creek also stinks. So, why not from here? (Though the route via Gorai takes less time).
There are buses from Bhayandar near the station itself, which drops you at the gate of the pagoda. But don’t get confused for the ones going for essel world as they will drop you at essel world and in that case, you will need to walk for a while (actually a lot) to reach till pagoda. As mine was the first bus of the day, at the end we were only 6 left. I was jumping with excitement, not literally though but in my head, that the entire place will be clear and quite, atleast for few hours and I can spend some time peacefully, admire the architecture and the design, enjoy the view and the pureness of the place to its fullest. Without any weekend-touristy crowd.
After spending the quality time with myself and the awesome vibes of the place. Till then, it was lunch time and very sunny to be outside, so I found some shade in the cafeteria at the ground level of the structure. Found a table with fan right above it and sat with keeping the fan to its fastest speed. That’s when my cousin joined me. She ended up having lunch with me and then we spend the entire noon talking about the beauty of the place, the meditation and on going things about our lives. Around 5 in the evening, we remembered that we wanted to see the painting gallery where the story of Buddha’s life is beautifully told in the forms of paintings arranged in the specific timeline. One can rent the audio device from which you can hear out the story of each painting.
It took around 40 mins in the gallery, then we went back at the main Pagoda and waited for the sunset. If you have read the Sunsets in the City blog, you would know how much I love this place and enjoy spending the evening watching the sunset from here. And we did enjoy it. Around 6.30, we left.
How to reach:
- From Borivali west, there are buses as well as rickshaw till gorai creek, from there you will need to get the ticket for ferry which will take you to the gate of essel world, from where you can walk to pagoda.
- From Bhayandar, there are buses from the railway station itself which will drop you at the gate of pagoda directly. You can also hire a rickshaw but that is quite expensive.
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