The Grand Bassin is known as Ganga Talav in Hindi. It is a crater lake. It is deep in the heart of Mauritius.
The Grand Bassin is a holy lake in the mountains of Mauritius. It is about 1800 ft above the sea level. The Hindus of Mauritius make a pilgrimage to this holy lake. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Maha shivratri – the Hindus greatest festival is celebrated here in a grand way. A large number of Hindus from all parts of Mauritius make the pilgrimage to The Grand Bassin on this festival. Many pilgrims walk in Mauritius walk bare feet from their homes to the temple. This temple is also dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Goddess Lakshmi.
This lake is located in the mountains in the southern part of Mauritius. It is surrounded by lush green of the mountains. The surrounding area of this lake is full of temples and many sacrificial sites. A large number of people visit this area particularly during the festivals. The deep Crater Lake, the silence, the temples and the area usually cloaked in fog give this sacred place a mystical atmosphere.
On the entrance gate of this Talao, there is a statue (idol) of Lord Shiva. Its height is 33 m (108 ft). It is the highest known statue in Mauritius. It is said that a statue of Durga Ma Bhavani of 33 m (108 ft) is going to be place near Lord Shiva’s statue.
Visit to this place during Mauritius trip would serve both i.e. Pilgrimage as well tourist place. Nature is wonderful here.
However, precautions are to be taken while visiting this place.