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Mauritius Island

Mauritius, the Dodo island

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 11, 2007 at 06:21:27 :: Mauritius Island

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius (French: République de Maurice), is an island nation off the coast of Africa in the southwest Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometers east of Madagascar and about 3,943 kilometers southwest of India. (Source: Wikipedia)

In addition to the island of Mauritius, the republic includes the islands of St. Brandon, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, with the French island of La Réunion 200 kilometers to the southwest.

Mauritius Flag

The flag of Mauritius has red, blue, yellow and green stripes. The red stripe represents the struggle for independence. The blue stripe represents the ocean around the island. The yellow stripe represents the sun and golden light of independence. The green stripe represents fruitful soil and vegetation.

The island has been occupied by the Dutch (17th century), the French (18th century), and then the British (19th and early 20th centuries). Mauritius attained independence in 1968 and the country became a republic within the Commonwealth in 1992.

Mauritius is also the only place the dodo bird ever existed.

Dodo bird

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Ganga Talao, Mauritius Island

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, July 02, 2008 at 18:56:13

Hindu Shrine at Ganga Talao or Grand Bassin, lake in the district of Savanne, MauritiusOn the island of Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, off the coast of the African continent, about 900 kilometres east of Madagascar, Maha Shivratri is a very important festival and public holiday.

For the Mauritian Hindu, a pilgrimage to the volcanic sacred lake of Grand Bassin is a spiritual obligation his family fulfills every year on Maha Shivratri. This the religious place in Mauritius where Supreme God Shiva is most worshipped.

In 1897, Shri Jhummon Giri Gosagne, a "pujari" (priest) from the North of the island, had a vision of a sacred lake in the southern jungles. The following year, the priest and a group of followers trekked to find the lake, the Grand Bassin or Ganga Talao, which his vision described as related to the river Ganges. Every year since then, on the occasion of Maha Shivaratri, pilgrims from all over the island walk to the Ganga Talao lake, to collect its water to offer to Lord Shiva.

The 108 feet statue of Lord Shiva (Shiva Statue) at Ganga Talao or Grand Bassin, Mauritius IslandGanga Talao or Grand Bassin is a lake situated in a secluded mountain area in the district of Savanne, deep in the heart of Mauritius. It is about 1800 feet above sea level. It is considered the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius, according to Hindu mythology.

There is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva (Sanskrit: शिव) and other Gods including Hanuman (हनुमत्), Lakshmi (लक्ष्मी), and others along the Grand Bassin, with a 108 feet Shiva Statue inaugurated in 2007 (the highest known statue in Mauritius).

UNESCO World Heritage

Mauritius Island, Aapravasi Ghat

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, October 01, 2013 at 04:15:17

Location Port Louis District, Mauritius
Coordinates S20 9 31.1 E57 30 11.4
Property 0.16 ha
Date of Inscription 2006

Brief Description ( )

In the district of Port Louis, lies the 1,640 m2 site where the modern indentured labour diaspora began. In 1834, the British Government selected the island of Mauritius to be the first site for what it called ‘the great experiment’ in the use of ‘free’ labour to replace slaves. Between 1834 and 1920, almost half a million indentured labourers arrived from India at Aapravasi Ghat to work in the sugar plantations of Mauritius, or to be transferred to Reunion Island, Australia, southern and eastern Africa or the Caribbean. The buildings of Aapravasi Ghat are among the earliest explicit manifestations of what was to become a global economic system and one of the greatest migrations in history.

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Aapravasi Ghat, Latrines

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Mauritius Island, Le Morne Cultural Landscape

 Posted by Simon Laroche
Simon Laroche
, March 01, 2011 at 05:30:57

Location Mauritius
Coordinates S20 27 7 E57 19 42
Property 349 ha
Date of Inscription 2008

Brief Description ( )

Le Morne Cultural Landscape, a rugged mountain that juts into the Indian Ocean in the southwest of Mauritius was used as a shelter by runaway slaves, maroons, through the 18th and early years of the 19th centuries. Protected by the mountain’s isolated, wooded and almost inaccessible cliffs, the escaped slaves formed small settlements in the caves and on the summit of Le Morne. The oral traditions associated with the maroons, have made Le Morne a symbol of the slaves’ fight for freedom, their suffering, and their sacrifice, all of which have relevance to the countries from which the slaves came - the African mainland, Madagascar, India, and South-east Asia. Indeed, Mauritius, an important stopover in the eastern slave trade, also came to be known as the “Maroon republic” because of the large number of escaped slaves who lived on Le Morne Mountain.

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Morne Brabant Mountain, Le Morne Brabant

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