Mauritius is much more than its quiet seashores and summery cocktails. It’s a Hindu dominant island country with numerous enchanting Temples. Hinduism in Mauritius began when Indian laborers were brought as indentured labor to colonial French. These immigrants then settled in Mauritius who practiced Hinduism as their religion. As a result, more than 50% of population in Mauritius is Hindus which ultimately makes it necessary to have Hindu temples to worship and perform rituals.
One of the biggest festivals on the island is Maha Shivaratri, or the ‘Great Night of Siva’. During this annual Hindu celebration, which takes place in the months of February and March which is a four to nine days of ceremony and fasting lead up to an all-night vigil of Shiva worship and Ganesha worship. There is also a significant migrant population of Bhumihars in Mauritius who have made a mark for themselves in different fields; they are still in touch with their family members in India and there are instances of marital relations between them to keep their cultural identity intact.
While there are a lot of sacred places to see in the country of Mauritius, a visit to these temples will just add to your overall experience.
Here’s a list of some of the most beautiful temples of Mauritius!
1. Maa Durga Murti:
The statue of Durga Maa is the biggest of its kind in the world
(108 feet, 33 meters high).
The enormous statue of Durga Mata can be found on the banks of Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao, which is a crater-lake situated in the Savanne district of Mauritius. With a population of 670,000 Hindus in the Island nation, there are some Hindu temples spread out all over Mauritius. Navratri is an auspicious occasion that is grandly celebrated by the Hindus on the island.
2. The Lord Shiva Statue, also known as the Mangal Mahadev.
The incredible statue of Lord Shiva is also known as the Mangal Mahadev and is as beautiful as it is majestic. This impressive statue of the Hindu God of Destruction is actually a copy of the Shiva statue near Sursagar Lake in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. The construction of the statue was finished in 2007 and it was officially unveiled with a ritual (the “Sthapan”) during the Maha Shivratri festival in 2008.
3. Sockalingam Meenatchi Amman Temple:
An ethnic tamil temple in Port Loius, Mauritius. Kaylasson Temple also known as Sockalingam Meenatchi amman temple is well maintained, tranquil nineteenth-century, dravidian architectural temple. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Destroyer, and is one of the most impressive temples in the country, with regard to architecture and construction, showcasing impeccable Dravidian architecture that can be seen in every aspect of the temple. Constructed in 1854, this is one of the oldest and most colourful temples in the country, and the beauty of it is admired by both tourists and devotees.
4. Ganga Talao:
Situated near Bois Cheri, the Ganga Talao Temple in Mauritius, otherwise known as the Grand Bassin temple, is considered to be one of the most sacred temples in the country. The temple stands on a crater, located around 550 meters above sea level. The temples is dedicated to Lord Shiva, among other Gods, and has a lot of devotees visiting each year during Maha Shivratri. Even tourists enjoy visiting this temple and just walking by the peaceful lake and admire the beauty of this magnificent temple.