Photographer's Note

Ganga Talao or Grand Bassin is a lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet above sea level.

It is considered the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman, Lakshmi, and others along the Grand Bassin. During Shivaratri, many pilgrims in Mauritius walk bare feet from their homes to the lake.

During the Maha Shivaratri most of the devotees leave their homes and start a journey to Grand Bassin on foot. It has been a tradition that volunteer people offer foods and drinks to the pilgrims.

The Lord Shiva statue project at religious place like Ganga Talao is the main prestigious landmark in Mauritius like other wonders in the world. It is religiously pacified by nationals and will be good attraction for foreign tourists.

This Lord Shiva’s Statue is the biggest Lord Shiva Statue in the world made at this level until now. The statue is 108 feet. It was inaugurated in 2007 and the "Sthapan" was done during the Maha Shivratri period of 2008.

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  • Copyright: Sridhar TIRUKOVELA (tsridhar) Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 29] (158)
  • Genre: Places
  • Medium: Color
  • Date Taken: 2007-12-14
  • Categories: Architecture
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  • Date Submitted: 2008-10-05 16:40
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