The Global Vipassana Pagoda was inaugurated on Feb 8th 2009, by President Pratibha Patil in the presence of dignitaries from all over the world.
The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a monument of peace which aims to spread teachings of compassion and non-violence propagated by the Buddha and to promote the practise of Vipassana,
The tall pagoda building looms majestically over the GVF complex, spread over 13 acres of lush greenery, near picturesque Gorai in northwest Mumbai, barely a kilometre from the Arabian Sea.
The stone structure, which has a 280-feet diameter and is 325 feet tall, has the original bone relics of the Buddha - donated by the Sri Lankan government and the Mahabodhi Society of India - enshrined in the central locking stone of the dome placed above the Dhamma Chakra.
Built of Jodhpur stone, the Pagoda was designed by and constructed using ancient Indian construction techniques using interlocking stone. No cement or steel has been used with an idea to increase the longetivity of construction.