When is Maha Shivaratri festival in Mauritius? | 2024

Maha Shivaratri, the night of Shiva is a Hindu festival to honour Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities in Hinduism and is celebrated in Mauritius.

When is Maha Shivaratri festival in Mauritius?

The Maha Shivaratri Festival will be held on the 8 March 2024

When we hear about islands, we have a picture of extraordinary nature with beach landscapes or one of mouth-watering luxury.

However, Mauritius offers more than that… we are just a call away. Let us help you to tailor your perfect trip to Mauritius.


PHIL COUSTINEAU (The art of pilgrimage)

“In each of us dwells a wanderer, a gypsy, a pilgrim.”

Located in the centre of the island, Grand Bassin is a crater lake, which is surrounded by rich and verdant nature. Its waters abound with fish and eels.

Fringed by whitewashed Hindu temples, it attracts thousands of pilgrims in the month of February each year. The Maha Shivaratri Festival will be held on the 18 February 2023.

Maha Shivaratri, the night of Shiva is a Hindu festival to honour Lord Shiva, one of the principal deities in Hinduism. Shiva is also believed to be the energy in every living being.

The celebration is preceded by a few days of fasting, thought to detoxify the body and aid meditation. It is interesting to note that fasting in Hinduism is referred to as having a plant-based diet for each meal.

Pilgrims often carrying the Kawars, cross the length and breadth of the island to reach Grand Bassin. For a week or so, the Kawars offer a spectacle of colours dotting the main streets around the island.

Participating in the pilgrimage is a unique experience. One can easily slip into meditation while listening to the chants. A sense of oneness and peace can be felt during the festival.

Volunteers set up tents in their yards or by the roadside and invite the pilgrims for a meal or for tea and some even provide an area to rest. Trays of food and drinks bring people of all faiths together in laughter, joy and spirituality.

Suggested article

Best restaurants for vegetarians in Mauritius | 2022

·22 Apr 2022

Best Places For Horse Riding in Mauritius | 2022

·23 Apr 2022

3 Great Places to Visit in Mauritius

·23 Apr 2022

Mauritius when is the best time to visit | 2024

·22 Apr 2022
Talk to us