Very colourful, the Tamil temples display a profusion of frescos, statues and bas-reliefs enhanced by gilding. The sanctuary is surrounded by a courtyard which you enter through a very ornate porch. The major Tamil temple is in Sainte-Croix, not far from the capital city Port-Louis. Decorated in tones of yellow, green and pink, it has a very spacious courtyard opening onto a sanctuary adorned with volutes, flowers and stylised sea shells. There is a brazier at the entrance with incense burning in it.
Grand Bassin is one of the most stunning sites you can visit in Mauirtius. The story goes that the Grand Bassin lake is one of Shiva's tears.© Patrice Hauser
The Grand Bassin lake also goes under the name of Ganga Talao and is a popular pilgrimage site.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
The statue of Shiva stands only at 80m, but it does not divert from its impact at Grand Bassin.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
Built close to the capital, Port-Louis, this is the most important temple for Hindus on the island.© Bamba Sourang / OT Ile Maurice
The Hindu temples here, like in India, are almost pyramid-like, but sculpted with figures of the Vedas or Mahabharata.© Igor Lubinetsky