Grand Bassin in Mauritius must be included on your list of attractions to see. The Sacred Lake, also known as Ganga Talao, represents the mighty Ganges river in India. You will find it hidden in the southwest mountains, surrounded by colorful temples and Hindu gods. Ganga Talao attracts a lot of people to Mauritius. Many people visit the site to pray, meditate, play with local monkeys or simply to walk by the lake and enjoy the beautiful surrounding view.
The lake of Ganga Talao has a depth of about 18 meters and teems with a healthy population of fish and eels, probably because of the remnants of offerings they receive from Hindu pilgrims. However, it is strictly forbidden to fish here because of the sacred nature of Lake Ganga Talao. Grand Bassin was discovered by the Pandit Jhummon Giri Gossagne Nepal who lived in a village north of the island called Triolet. The Hindu priest had a dream and, in his dream, he saw a sacred lake connected to the sacred Ganges River in India.
At the time, the roads were scarce and far away. We’re talking about 1897. The priest searched for the sacred lake and finally arrived at Grand Bassin where he found a lake which he recognized thanks to his dream. The news of the Divine Lake spread rapidly and the following year the pilgrims of the whole island began to walk to the Ganga Talao. Grand Bassin in Mauritius is now one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage places outside India!
The crater Lake Ganga Talao is at the heart of one of the island’s most important Hindu festivals, Maha Shivaratri. Every year, thousands of Hindus make the trip to Grand Basin for a touch of divinity. Maha Shivratri celebrates the god Shiva, one of the three main deities of Hinduism. Pilgrims wear hand-made “kanwars”, shrines dedicated to Shiva, at Ganga Talao and, once they have found a suitable place at the water’s edge, they perform their own prayer ceremonies with offerings of fruit, sticks Incense and lamps.
You are welcome to visit Ganga Talao at any time of the year. The Sacred lake is open to visitors and pilgrims every day. There is no entry fee, but donations are always welcome.
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