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Ganga talao

It is said that the god Shiva, and his wife Parvatti, flew over Mauritius bearing on his head the Ganges River, he was so moved by her beauty that a few drops fell to the ground, forming the Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao). If we consider this legend, we realize that it is the most sacred place in the world outside India. This is a source of great pride for 500,000+ Hindus who make up half the population of the island. When we went there was almost no one there, the odd faithful making a small offering, but not much more. Most likely they were preparing for Diwali, the festival of lights. It is not really touristy, and I advise you not to go if you don't have respect and can't observe basic etiquette rules. Recall that is a very, very sacred and any unseemly gesture could be offensive. So be silent and respectful but with curiosity. Hindus understand that we are interested in their ways, and if have the right attitude they invite us to share everything. If we put aside the legend, the story goes that the sacred Ganges water mixed with Ganga Talao in 1972, which ensured its prominence between several sacred places of the island and the world. Ganga Talao is formed in the crescent-shaped crater of an extinct volcano more than 1,800 meters above sea level, it is also known for its exotic wildlife such as the giant eel lake and lots of fish. There are several temples around the lake which act as a religious complex, statues of Hanumman, Lakshmi, Ganesh and others, are always filled with gifts and flowers. There is a custom that makes the faithful come to Lake barefoot, and make offerings of small statues, flowers and fruits to the gods. A final consideration, you must take shelter, because the altitude and vegetation causes low temperatures for most of the year.
Roberto Gonzalez

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Savanne District, Mauricio
Savanne District, Mauricio
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