Global Vipassana Pagoda – one of the most distinctive tourist attractions – is a tribute to the philosophies of Lord Gautama Buddha. Thousands of visitors throng to this landmark every year, which is considered a symbol of peace and harmony. Its Meditation Dome Hall can easily accommodate around 8,000 Vipassana meditators (world’s largest such meditation hall).
The first and largest dome was completed when Lord Buddha’s bone remnants were preserved in the central locking stone of the dome. It is the largest hollow stone masonry structure in the world that contains relics of Gautama Buddha. The centre of this monument comprises of the world’s largest stone dome that has been built without any support of pillars.
Inaugurated by Pratibha Patil (then President of India) on 8th February, 2009, Global Vipassana Pagoda aims to publicize teachings of kindness and non-violence, which were spread by the Lord himself. Also, it promotes the practice of Vipassana.
Things You Can Do at Global Vipassana Pagoda
As a tourist, you cannot help but keep admiring such incredible beauty of this monument. You can improve your knowledge about it from the officials, but make sure you don’t miss taking its photographs.
Inside the pagoda that comprises of three domes, you will find an art gallery that’s dedicated to the Life of the great Lord Buddha and his teachings. You learn about his teachings and those of Vipassana by using the diverse sources available in the library as well as museum. Also, you can take part in at least one course, which is offered at the meditation centre.