Mauritius and Hinduism

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Mauritius is an Indian Ocean Island Nation which is so beautiful that it is said, “God first created Mauritius and then made heaven from it”. It is a popular tourist destination and is largely popular for beaches and reefs.
Mauritius is a tiny African Nation which is located thousands of kilometers away from India but yet has after India, it has the largest population of Hindus. County’s two third populations trace their origin to South Asia. In Mauritius, Diwali is a public holiday. It is Africa’s only Nation with a large population of Hindus. It also has special ties with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and during his visit there in 2015, he also called Mauritius ‘Little India’.
Hinduism in Mauritius started when Indian laborers were brought as forced labor to colonial French. With the passage of time, these immigrants then settled in Mauritius and continue to practice Hinduism as their religion. As a consequence, more than 50% of the population in Mauritius is Hindus.
Creole, Bhojpuri, Tamil and Hindi are the major languages spoken by Hindus in Mauritius. An attempt has been made by politically active Hindus to preserve Hindi language by calling it ‘mother tongue’ and ‘ancestral language’. Oil lamps lit near tulsi plants is a common sighting in mauritius. Many television programs run in Mauritius in the Bhojpuri language. The currency of Mauritius is Rupee.
Maha Shivaratri is one of the colossal Hindu festivals on the island. Many other hindu festivals are celebrated in Mauritius like Thaipusam, Durga Puja, Diwali, Hindu New Year, Holi and Makar Sankranti. Because more than 50% of the population is HIndus, there are many famous Hindu temples in Mauritius. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness looks after several temples in Mauritius.

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