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Hinduism - Where Is Mauritius? Where Is The Hindu Diaspora's Sacred Tirtha In Mauritius?

 


Mauritius is an Indian Ocean island country 1,200 miles east of Africa's coast.

There is a sizable Hindu diaspora in Mauritius.

Indians were initially transported to Mauritius as indentured agricultural laborers, in this instance as workers on sugar plantations, as in many other situations.

They now make up over 75% of the island's population and are in charge of the country's political structure.

The Hindus of Mauritius have adopted India's holy geography: a southern lake known as Grand Bassin is said to have an underground connection to the Ganges River, and the lake has become a major pilgrimage destination.


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Hinduism - Where Is Grand Bassin?

 

Grand Bassin is a mountain lake in the south of Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island 1,200 miles east of the east African coast.

Mauritius' Hindu community has constructed holy locations (tirthas) in the landscape that frequently connect to or correlate to significant landscape characteristics in India.

The Hindus in Mauritius refer to the Grand Bassin as the Ganges River, as it is a distant and high lake.

Large groups of people go to Grand Bassin in the days leading up to Shivaratri (February–March), when they wash (snana) in the lake, pray at the temples around it, and then collect pots of water from the lake and bring them back to their houses on foot.

Pilgrims schedule their travels so that they get home on Shivaratri evening, and the water is donated to the deity Shiva in their local temple.

This kind of ceremony may be found in numerous locations throughout India, the most famous of which being Vaidyanath in Bihar.



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