Mauritius is well-known for having different religious and spiritual beliefs! In fact, it is one of the main beautiful cultural aspects this country has. In this post, you will discover a list of the famous religious and spiritual sites in Mauritius.
The Popular Religious & Spiritual Places To Visit
When immigrants from African and Asian countries came here, they brought their cultures. Obviously, this included their religious and spiritual beliefs. The freedom of faith-practice have made Mauritius a unique nation in the world. This is because various beliefs co-exist among each other in peace and harmony.
Mauritius has majority of its public holidays dedicated to religious festivals. Similarly, the strong cultures have contributed massively in the tourism sector. Hence, tourists are interested to learn the religious and spiritual life of the locals. And the best way to do it, is by visiting religious and spiritual places.
With the vast number of religious places, it is clear not all can be stated. However, the most popular ones which should be taken into account are as follows:
Grand Bassin / Ganga Talao
Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao lake, is a volcanic crater located in the district of Savanne. It is among the most famous religious places in Mauritius, particularly for the Hindus. Every year, the devotees walk from their home to there to pray on the occasion of Maha Shivratri. The first pilgrim who walked to Grand Bassin was a Hindu priest from the village of Triolet in the 1880s. Around the lake, there are temples and several prayer spots. It was used to be known as “Pari Talao” some decades ago. But, the name was changed to Ganga Talao since the lake’s water was mixed with some of the holy water of the Ganges River in 1972.
Moreover, Jummah Mosque is a famous mosque in Port-Louis. Constructed back in the 1850s, the mosque was also known as “Mosque of the Arabs”! According to records, two properties were purchased by the members of the mercantile community of Port-Louis in 1852. One of the properties had a corner to pray. Thus, they decided to enlarge the space, and a mosque was constructed. Then, with the increase of Muslims in the regions, it was decided that another larger mosque must be built. Few years later, the Jummah Mosque became a reality. Today, it gathers hundreds of Muslims daily for prayers.
Cathedral of Saint Louis
Furthermore, the Saint Louis’s Cathedral is situated in Port-Louis. It has known several reconstruction phrases since it was built in the 1750s due to cyclones and other issues. The final restoration occurred in 2007. It is a popular tourist attraction because of its magnificent architectures.
Kwan Tee Pagoda
The Kwan Tee Pagoda is located in Les Salines. A fascinating fact, it is the oldest Pagoda not only in Mauritius but also in the Southern Hemisphere. The pagoda was constructed in the 1840s.
Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice of Cap Malheureux
More than that, in the North, situates a small chapel best known as the “Red Chapel” of Cap Malheureux. The real name is Notre-Dame Auxiliatrice! It is a famous tourist attraction because of its attractive red roof. In addition, it is located on the coast, which has a magnificent view of Gunner’s Quoin Island (Coin de Mire).
Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen Kovil
Additionally, commonly known as “Kaylasson”, the Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen Kovil is located in Nicolay! Constructed in the 1850s, it is one of the most important kovils for the tamils in Mauritius. It is also famous for its gorgeous architectures.
The Shrine of Father Laval
Every year, pilgrims from the Catholic community go to the Father Laval’s Shrine to pay him homage. Father Laval was a French priest and missionary who was known to perform several miracles. He died in the 1860s and was beatified by the Late Pope John Paul II in the end of 1970s. The Shrine is located in Cité La Cure!
Marie Reine de la Paix
Marie Reine de la Paix is an open chapel located at the foot of Signal Mountain, Port-Louis! The surroundings are beautiful, enriched with flowers. It offers a gorgeous panoramic view of the City of Port-Louis.
Spiritual Park of Pointe des Lascars
Created in 1986, the Spiritual Park of Pointe des Lascars, is an amazing place to be! Additionally, it has a beautiful garden, with various statues of divinities, and offers a magnificent view of the coast.
Vortex of Riambel
The Vortex is a spiritual place to seek inner purification from the Beings of Light. Moreover, the place is calm and relaxing. It even includes meditation cabins as well.
To conclude, learning other cultures will enrich your knowledge. If you are a tourist in holidays here, grab the opportunity to know the religious and spiritual life of the locals. Finally, the mixture of different beliefs is among the reasons why Mauritius is beautiful to live!