Setting foot on the island in 1884, Velamurugan, an Indian labourer, had the dream of erecting a temple on the flanks of the Corps de Garde Mountain. In 1907, his unshakable determination came to fruition, with hundreds of steps leading to the modest temple higher up the mountain. Today, it has been transformed into a divine Dravidian piece of art, dedicated to lord Murugan (Hindu god of war). The temple is now a major pilgrimage site in Mauritius, especially during the Thaipusam Cavadee.

The main festival of the temple is the Sittrai Cavadee. Falling in April/May on the Chitra Pownami day. It is the first temple to have celebrated this festival in Mauritius and as such is known ‘Kavadi Montagne’ around the island. The festival attracts a large crowd during the ten day prayers. Other festivals celebrated are, Thaipusam Cavadee, Panguni Uttiram, Maha Shivaratree, Skanda Shasti, Ganesh Chaturthi, Anna Abhiskekam, Kartigai Deepam and monthly celebrations such as Kartikai and so on.



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