Mangal Mahadev- Shiva Statue
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About the Mangal Mahadev- Shiva Statue
The sacred site of Grand Bassin is a major draw of crowds in Mauritius, with many people visiting the site to pray, meditate, or simply enjoy the gorgeous surrounding views, including the towering statue of the Lord Shiva.
The sight of the Mangal Mahadev statue is quite impressive as it is a beautifully crafted majestic statue.
During your visit of this sacred site, you will inevitably be awestruck by the gigantic statue of Lord Shiva, the Destroyer. However, fear not about your doom, at Grand Bassin you will find the Hindu God of destruction smiling and as peaceful as ever.
The statue is 108 feet (33 meters) high and is the highest known statue in Mauritius. It is a faithful copy of the Shiva statue located near Sursagar Lake in Vadodara, Gujarat, India. It was completed in 2007 and the "Sthapan" (the ritual) was done during the 2008 Maha Shivratri festival.
About Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao)
Grand Bassin (also known as Ganga Talao) is a lake situated 6km South East of Mare aux Vacoas in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet (550m) above sea level.
Grand Bassin with its Hindu temple is a holy lake for Mauritians of Hindu faith. The lake rests in the crater of an extinct volcano. The Hindus of Mauritius declared Grand Bassin as a Holy lake, as it is believed that the water inside the lake connects with the waters of the holy Ganges of India.
Every year, the Hindu community goes on a pilgrimage to Maha Sivaratri (Shiva’s Great Night), to honor the Lord Shiva. Beside the lake, there is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman, Lakshmi, and others.
- Please show due respect when visiting religious places.
- Wear appropriate clothing (and remove shoes and leather belts) when entering the temples
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