Our country is widely known in the world for its multi-cultural, thus multi-religious population. There are different religions and spiritual beliefs that co-exist here, so, we have various worship places around the island.
Worship Is The Right Response To God
To the majority of Mauritians, religions play an important role in their life. No matter where they are and come from, there is always a time to worship. Our long list of public holidays is a crystal clear example to illustrate how many religious cultures are present in our society. Learning about other cultures is a benefit to enrich your knowledge and visiting different places of worship will enable you to discover them more. Fortunately, in Mauritius, we have the advantages of having many beautiful temples, mosques, churches, kovils, and so on. This section will list the most popular religious and spiritual sites.
Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao)
Situated in the Plaine Champagne region, Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao welcomes thousands of Hindu pilgrims every year on the Maha Shivratee festival for prayers.
Constructed in the 1850s, the Jummah Mosque is located in Port-Louis and it is an extremely popular mosque in the country, which you can visit.
Cathedral Of Saint Louis
One of the oldest churches in Mauritius, the beautiful Cathedral Of Saint Louis, which is situated in Port-Louis was built in the 1750s, that is in the French era.
Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen
Better known as Kaylasson kovil by the locals, this beautiful Kovil was constructed in the 1850s and is situated in Nicolay, in the region of Port-Louis.
Kwan Tee Pagoda
Built-in the 1840s, the Kwan Tee Pagoda is not only the oldest pagoda in Mauritius but also in the Southern hemisphere and it is situated in Les Salines.
Marie Reine De La Paix
Marie Reine De La Paix is a famous spiritual place located at the foot of Montagne Des Signaux in Port-Louis where it offers an amazing view of the City.
Vortex Of Riambel
At Riambel, there is a peaceful place to meditate or to seek blessings from the forces of Light. It is called Vortex and welcomes several visitors.
Spiritual Park, Pointe Des Lascars
In the small village of Pointe des Lascars, you will find a spiritual park next to the Rempart river where you can pray, meditate and assist religious events.
The Shrine Of Father Laval
Father Laval who died in the 1860s, was a popular priest in Mauritius. Every year, the locals pay him homage at his shrine which is found at Cité La Cure.
Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice Of Cap Malheureux
Known as the Red Chapel, it is located on the coast of Cap-Malheureux and has a beautiful view of the seascape.
A Spiritual Journey As Activity
If you are planning to have a religious and spiritual discovery, consider these popular sites stated above. It is the mixture of various religions and spiritual beliefs which makes our country unique and rare worldwide. Lastly, please dress appropriately while visiting these places!
AUTHOR: Ali J (Administrator)
LAST UPDATED: September 3, 2021
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