Grand Bassin, known also as Ganga Talao is a
lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in
the heart of Mauritius. It is about 600 meters above sea level. The Grand
Bassin is a holy lake for Mauritian of Hindu faith. It is said that the water
inside the lake communicates with the waters of the holy Ganges of India. The
Hindus of Mauritius declared the Grand Bassin as a Holy lake. The Hindu
community performs there a pilgrimage every year on the Maha Sivaratri/“Siva’s
Great Night”, on this day they honor the Lord Siva. Beside the lake there a
temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and other Gods including Hanuman and Lakshmi.
Also, overlooking the lake is the statue of Mangal Mahadev (Shiva statue) which
is of 33 meters, making it the highest statue in Mauritius.