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Grand Bassin

Grand Bassin is a place of pilgrimage for followers of the Lord Siva.

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Grand Bassin Mauritius
By Amy Adejokun Amy Adejokun Section editor

Discover Grand Bassin

Grand Bassin, also called Ganga Talao, is a lake located in an isolated area of the savanna, at the heart of Mauritius. It is the holiest Hindu spot on the island and whatever your itinerary may be, make sure it is a part of it. Located along the Grand Bassin, it consists of a temple dedicated to Shiva and other gods, such as Hanuman and Lakshmi. At the heart of the Shivaratri, many local pilgrims walk barefoot to the lake from their homes. The region looks like something out of 'The Jungle Book', with its lush nature and small monkeys that jump from tree to tree. You can even feel a sort of spiritual energy here. The trail that takes you to the Grand Bassin is fairly impressive: it passes through the heart of Mauritius and off the beaten path.

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Grand Bassin

Grand Bassin , The statue of Shiva , Mauritius
The statue of Shiva

The aerial view of this statue helps visitors to appreciate its grandeur.

Grand Bassin , The size of the statue , Mauritius
The size of the statue

It measures 33 metres high. It is the second tallest statue of Shiva in the world.

© Oleg Znamenskiy / 123RF
Grand Bassin , The water of the Grand Bassin , Mauritius
The water of the Grand Bassin

The Grand Bassin lake lies in the crater of a former volcano.

Grand Bassin , Lord Shiva , Mauritius
Lord Shiva

Grand Bassin is one of the most sacred places on the island of Mauritius.

© Oleg Znamenskiy / 123RF
Grand Bassin , A Hindu statue , Mauritius
A Hindu statue

Once a year, the Mauritians organise a long pilgrimage which ends here.

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