We can’t all go to Bali, and who knows when travel will revert to normal? Check out the island life just 4 hours out of South Africa. Also how Africa’s oldest democracy is thriving. The history of Hindu temples in Mauritius is amazing – in many instances these were indentured labourers with a dream and they made it happen despite the odds. There is something about these temples, something more than just the location, that makes them so special.
In 1898 pilgrims trekked to Grand Bassin to collect its water to offer to Lord Shiva on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri. The lake was then known as the ‘Pari Talao’. In 1972, some holy water from the Ganges River was mixed establishing a symbolic link with the sacred Indian River and the lake was renamed Ganga Talao. In 1998 it was declared a “sacred lake”.
Sri Siva Subramanya Temple (Mountain Temple)
Velamurugan, an Indian labourer, landed in Mauritius in 1884. He persisted with the dream of erecting a temple on the flanks of the Corps de Garde Mountain. In 1907, his unshakable determination came to fruition, with hundreds of steps leading to the colourful temple higher up the mountain. Today, it has been transformed into a divine Dravidian piece of art, dedicated to Lord Murugan. The temple has become major pilgrimage site in Mauritius, especially during the Thaipoosam Cavadee (Kavady) festival.
The architecture and layout of the temple complex is astounding. There are artefacts from Orissa and Varanasi, as well as influences from Bengal, Buddhist and Mughal styles. There is something for every devotee with temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, Hanuman, Lakshmi, Jagganath and Durga, along with shrines for Krishna-Radha and many avatars and consorts of each.
Sagar Shiv Mandir
Sagar Shiv Mandir is a Hindu temple sitting on the island of Goyave de Chine, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius. It is a place of worship for Hindus and also a desired destination for tourists. The location is right on the sea, in the eastern part of the island.
Hari Hara Devasthanam,
This temple is a new one, having been built in a hasty few months and consecrated in 2018. The main feature is 108m statue of Lord Venkateswara, the incarnation of Lord Vishnu now in the Kali Yuga. Hari Hara Devasthanam, is at 16eme Mille, Forest-Side
Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen
The most well-known of the Mauritian temples – classic South Indian style. It was in 1854, following the severe epidemic of cholera that hit the island, that Tamil traders and traders in Port Louis decided to erect a temple dedicated to Shiva. Kovil Kaylasson was built in several stages. As early as 1854, when Indian craftsmen arrived, construction began. The temple and its arcades were consecrated in 1860. After the completion of the vestibule, in 1868, the craftsmen returned to India.