Planning for the construction of the Global Vipassana Pagoda began in 1997, while actual building work started in 2000. The pagoda consists of three sub-domes. The first and largest dome was completed when bone relics of Gautama Buddha were enshrined in the central locking stone of the dome on October 29, 2006, making it the world’s largest hollow stone masonry structure containing relics of the Buddha. The relics were originally found in Bhattiprolu, Guntur district, the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka to be kept at the Global Vipassana Pagoda. The second and third domes, along with an auxiliary dome adjoining the second dome, sit atop the first dome. Construction of the third dome was structurally completed on November 21, 2008.
Historical Background :
Dhamma Niranjan Vipassana Kendra is one of the numerous centers in the state of Maharashtra. It is located at the bank of Godawary river. It is near to Nanded city. Dhamma Niranjan vipassana centre is easily accessible by rail and ground transportation also.There are the references about the historical background in tipitac. As per the evidences in archeological survey, in the modern age it is proved that ever illuminating race of Dhamma reached Godavari territory in Marathwada region of Maharashtra during the life time of Lord Gautama the Buddha. The eye Kosal Brahmin named Bawari, Purohit of King Prasannajeet, had left Savathi (Capital of Kosal) to setup his hermitage on river Godavari. Bawari retired to a land “Antardeep” in Godavari where two kings Aasak and Alka gave him a tract of land. Bavari prepared a great Yajana “sacrifice”. He gifted away everything is Yajana. On the same time Another Brahmin appeared before him and demanded five hundred coins (kashyarpan). Bravari said “kindly pardon me I do not have anything to give you” The Brahmin curse Bravari and said “May your head on the 7th day cleave into 7th. Bravery became sorrowful and worried. It has so happened that Benevolent deity approach measurable Bravery and disclosed him that “the exact meaning of head splitting might be explained by some Buddha, perfectly enlightened”. So you can approach him to ascertained the meaning of it. After hearing the existence of Buddha, Bravery became happy and rejoicing. Bravery called his 16 eminent and learned disciples and explained them about the 32 marks to recognize the Buddha. He also disclosed his disciples that if some one generate the question inside the mind, Buddha will give the answer of their questions. Bravarie’s all 16 disciples departed towards North and through Alka, Patithan (modern Paithan), Mahisathi, Ujjeni… Saket and Savathi Rajgrah to Pasanakchetiya. When these disciples appeared before Buddha they got satisfied that such a great human being who bears 32 characteristic. Ajitha one of the 16 disciples of Bravari first ask the question followed by another disciples. In turn Buddha replied to all Bravari,s disciples and their 16,000 followers.
At the conclusion of Buddha’s preaching, they became Arhant, only Pingiya the nephew of Bravari who became Anagami. It is only because that at the time of preaching of Buddha he was thinking about Bravari. Pinkeye return back to Bravery on the bank of Godavari river in territory of Marathwada.
At the end of his recital the Buddha appeared before them in a rare of glory and preached them. Pigiya became an Arahant and Bravari Anagami. Thus Bravery and his disciples spread Dhamma (Vipassana) in the territory of Godavari of (Marathwada Region) of Maharashtra. Buddha’s Statues of time of king Rashtrakuta in tenth centaury are found in Kandhar and Mukhed Taluka, Dist. Nanded. In the territory of Godavari one of the Buddhas Statues at Kandhar is having inscription (Shilalekh) from front side of the statue at words in Sanskrit are (Hey dharma hetu prabhava hetutansha tathagato havdutt teshanch yo nirodha aew vadi mahashraman.)
This inscription (Shilalekh) is of the same period. The meaning of this inscription in brief is “If there is cause, effect is to be their, if no cause there is no effect” Paticchasamuppada” the law of dependent origination. It is evident that Pujaniya guruji Satyanarayan Goenka visited Nanded on January 1988 and delivered his discourse at Bawary Ngar. This place is adjacent to the east side of Dhamma Niranjan Vipassana Centre. References from the discourses given by Pujyaniya Guruji communicates that land where people have already mediated in the past, Vibrations of Dharma attracted towards it. Therefore, it seems that the history is getting repeated for the establishment of Dharma Niranian Vipassana Centre on this sacred land which is located on the bank of Godavari river, Nanded.
The first 10-days vipassana course was convened in a gipsy camp during May 5 to 15/1998. Since then the activities of vipassana which includes 10-days vipassana course, children courses have been started. It is pertinent to highlight here that Three 10-days vipassana courses (During 2000 to 2012) were convened only for those who are suffering from leprosy. Beside it, Ten days vipassana courses (Gipsy camps) were convened at Aundha Nannath district Beed, Swamy Ramanand Tirth Marathwada Univeristy Nanded, I.T.I technical school Hinogli district Hingoli.
There was the strong wish of Pujaniya Guruji that the technique of Anapana should reach to school children at village level so that with the consensus of Government of Maharashtra official programme under the caption of MITRA (Mind in Training with Right Awareness) was launched. To facilitate this MITRA upkram, vipassana 10-days courses exclusively for middle school Teachers, working under Maharashtra govt. have been organized. Total Eight 10-days courses exclusively for school teachers were organized.
Pujyaniya Guriji was always promoting for Dhamma Yatra (visit to sacred places of Buddha) to old vipassana meditators. With the consent of the office of Pujaniya Guruji and Mataji, Dhamma tours along with the 10-days or STP courses were convened at following places. 1. Boudh Gaya (August 14 to 30/2009), 2. Lumbani ) Sept. 1 to 15/2010), 3. Myanmar ( Oct. 5 to 25/2011) 4. Srilanka (Feb. 12 to 27/ 2015) and 5. Shrawasti ( July 29 to August 15/2016).
Because of the enormous efforts by the old meditators along with Dhamma the support of office bearers of Nanded Vipassana Samiti Govt. of Maharashtra was so liberal and allotted Five acres of land on lease of Thirty years on the bank of Godawary on Nov. 25/2009). Government of Maharashtra is also so compassionate that, this land measuring Two Hectors has been kept reserved of “Vipassana Centre”. This notification have been published in govt. Gazette on May 14/2014.
One old “Samadhi” of Gautam Rushi is located adjacent to this land. It is reportedly said that one Gautama Rushi (A disciple of Bawari Rushi) spend his considerable period of his life on this land.
In 2010, Pujyda Guruji had given the name “Dhamma Niranjan Vipassana Cenre”. After getting legal permission for the constructions of the vipassana centre, construction activities have been initiated. So far 1. Residential accommodation for Twenty male in cabins attach with Toilet Bath for male. 2. Common toilet and bath for male and female 3. Residential accommodation for Course Conducting Teacher 4. Mini Dhamma Hall cum office building 5. Accommodation for Centre Teacher 6. Sixteen independent room for female. 7. First phase of Main Dhamma hall have been completed. At present this is being used temporarily as Dhamma hall.
Double Gender (20-Male and 20-Female) 10-days courses have been started.
From the references in Tipitak and archeological evidences in modern age it is proved that ever illuminating rays of Dhamma reached Godavari territory in Marathwada region of Maharashtra during the lifetime of Lord Goutam Buddha. A kosal brahmin named Bavari, Purohit of king Prasenjit had left savathi (capital of Kosal) to set up his hermitage on river Godavari Bavari retired to an island (antardipa) in Godavari where two kings Assak and Alaka gave him a tract of land. The Bavari prepared a great sacrifice (Yajna). He gifted away everything in Yajna. Another brahmin came to him and demanded five hundred coins (Kasharpan) Bavari said “Please pardon me, I do not have anything to give you” Brahmin cursed on Bavari “May your head on the seventh day cleave into seven” Bavari became sorrowful and worried. The benevolent diety approached miserable Bavari and said him that head and head splitting is better known by Sambuddha, perfectly enlightened. So you