Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao) is a reservoir of natural water that fills the crater of an ancient volcano. The water of this lake is considered a resurgence of the sacred Ganges.
In the 19th century, Mauritius already had a population of Indian workers who lacked a place of worship that reminded them of the sacred river, the Ganges, a place of purification of the soul. In 1897, a Hindu priest, Shri Jhummon Giri Gosagne, had a vision where he saw that the waters of Grand Bassin flowed from the river Gange.
Since then, the Mauritian Hindus have elected Grand Bassin as the most sacred place in Mauritius and have made it a place of pilgrimage, hence the mystical atmosphere that emerges there. Once a year (in February or March, dates vary) on the occasion of the Maha Shivaratree (which means the night of Lord Shiva) thousands of pilgrims walk from home to and fro for a grand ceremony in Grand Basin. A gigantic statue of “Shiva” is now erected there.
On the shores several Hindu temples are open to pilgrims and visitors.
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- Apart from its purely spiritual aspect, Grand Bassin is also a very rich natural site where an abundant fauna which has chosen to live there: you will surely have the chance to meet monkeys to give themselves in spectacle or plunder the offerings of the pilgrims. This tour is very appreciated by tourists.