One of the most unexpected corners of our visit to Port Louis was a Buddhist pagoda. At first, while reading about it I thought of the typical building with 7 overlapping roofs, but it wasn't actually like is. This is known as Kwan Thion Law, it is in the Rue Royale, and is a single room but also charming, no frills or tinsel. Tang Yun Sing, the historian, said his name comes from the combination of the names of three families together and it is one that has been around for over 100 years. The construction and maintenance of this sanctuary is very good. The bi ying (geniuses wall) is installed at the entrance to ward off evil spirits. In the past, the pagoda was a place of meditation and worship of the Chinese who came to stock up on food in Chinatown. Today, it stands aside, and is well preserved but hidden at the end of an alley that is guarded by a gate that anyone can open and you can only find it if you know the Chinese language or if someone directs you there, as was my case. It was the first pagoda I had visited, and as I said, different than I imagined, so my feelings are contradictory. On one hand I loved it, especially the shrine itself. On the other hand I'm sad that it isn't a multiple building Tejaditos. In any case, you can't have it all, so I look forward to another trip out East.
It is said that the god Shiva, and his wife Parvatti, flew over Mauritius bearing on his head the Ganges River, he was so moved by her beauty that a few drops fell to the ground, forming the Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao). If we consider this legend, we realize that it is the most sacred place in the world outside India. This is a source of great pride for 500,000+ Hindus who make up half the population of the island. When we went there was almost no one there, the odd faithful making a small offering, but not much more. Most likely they were preparing for Diwali, the festival of lights. It is not really touristy, and I advise you not to go if you don't have respect and can't observe basic etiquette rules. Recall that is a very, very sacred and any unseemly gesture could be offensive. So be silent and respectful but with curiosity. Hindus understand that we are interested in their ways, and if have the right attitude they invite us to share everything. If we put aside the legend, the story goes that the sacred Ganges water mixed with Ganga Talao in 1972, which ensured its prominence between several sacred places of the island and the world. Ganga Talao is formed in the crescent-shaped crater of an extinct volcano more than 1,800 meters above sea level, it is also known for its exotic wildlife such as the giant eel lake and lots of fish. There are several temples around the lake which act as a religious complex, statues of Hanumman, Lakshmi, Ganesh and others, are always filled with gifts and flowers. There is a custom that makes the faithful come to Lake barefoot, and make offerings of small statues, flowers and fruits to the gods. A final consideration, you must take shelter, because the altitude and vegetation causes low temperatures for most of the year.