Grand Bassin in Mauritius should be on your ‘must see’ list of attractions. The sacred lake also called Ganga Talao represents the mighty Ganges river of India. You'll find her tucked away in the mountains of the South West surrounded by colourful Hindu temples and gods.
Grand Bassin was discovered by Pandit Jhummon Giri Gossagne Nepal who lived in a village in the North of the island called Triolet. The Hindu priest had a dream and in his dream he saw a holy lake which was connected to the sacred river Ganges in India. At the time roads were far and few. We are talking about 1897. The priest searched for the sacred lake and eventually arrived at Grand Bassin where he came across a lake he recognized from his dream.
In 1972 a priest from India brought sacred water from the Ganges and amid much ceremonial poured the holy water into the lake. From then on the lake would be known as Ganga Talao. Ganga for Ganges and 'Talao' means 'pool'. News of the divine lake soon spread and the following year pilgrims started walking to Grand Bassin from all over the island. Grand Bassin in Mauritius is now one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage site outside of India!
Grand Bassin is a crater lake about 550 meters above sea level with a depth of between 50 and 55 feet.
The Indian sculptor Shri Matu Ram Verma who is famous for his giant statues was commissioned by the government of Mauritius to design the statues of Lord Shiva and Lord Durga. They'll welcome you on arrival. Mangal Mahadev the statue of Shiva who is a beloved Hindu deity. At 33 meters high Mangal Mahadev is the third highest statue of Shiva in the world.
A most spectacular pilgrimage to Grand Bassin takes place at the end of February or beginning of March every year. Up to 400 000 devotees visit the holy lake to commemorate the Great Night of Lord Shiva or the Maha Shivaratri. You are most welcome to join this amazing festival. It's a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the Mauritian culture and celebrate with us! Apart from this pilgrimage festival you are most welcome to visit Ganga Talao at anytime of the year with us. The sacred lake is open to visitors and pilgrims every day and is definitely a must see during your time here on the island.
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