Three must-see temples in Mauritius
Hinduism is one of the major religions in Mauritius, representing some 55% of the population according to the 2011 census. All across the island are Hindu temples of immense beauty and charm, and the three we’ve highlighted below all welcome visits from tourists and locals alike.
Maheswarnath Shiv Mandir
Located in Pamplemousses at the northern end of the village of Triolet, the Maheswarnath Shiv Mandir temple is the largest Hindu temple in Mauritius. Construction of the main complex began in 1891, on the site of a former sugar factory, with other smaller buildings added later. The temple’s magnificent façade – with its brightly painted decorative motifs and statues – pays homage to the gods Shiva, Krishna, Brahma, Vishnu, Muruga and Ganesha. Maha Shivratri is celebrated here during February/March each year.
Said to be the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius, Ganga Talao (or Grand Bassin) is a deep crater lake about 550 metres above sea level in the mountainous southwest district of Savanne. On the shoreline sits a temple and small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and other gods, and many devotees make a pilgrimage here on foot during the Maha Shivaratri. The lake and temple are also a major draw for tourists, with many coming to pray, meditate, play with the local monkeys, or simply to walk by the lake and enjoy the views.
Sagar Shiv Mandir
Sagar Shiv Mandir is an opulent, recently constructed temple on Ile aux Goyaviers off the coast of Poste de Flacq, built by the Ghunowa family who invested millions of rupees in its development. As both a tourist attraction and a place of worship for local Hindus, the temple offers a peaceful watery landscape for prayer and contemplation.