A day to discover the Mauritian spirituality!
Cavadee ! Cavadee ! This Festival taking its origin in an ancient Tamil legend (we will tell it!) is very spectacular. The Kodi (flag carrying the drawings of the "vel", the spear of God Muruga who killed Idumban the prideful, repentant bandit and a peacock or a rooster) is raised at the entrance of the kovil (temple), indicating the beginning of the fast. This fast will last 10 days. During this time, the devotee must purify his soul and heart, by evicting hate, passion, pride and envy. This is, of course a time of abstinence and prayers. Every devotee has to prepare himself physically and spiritually to this magnificent, but challenging ceremony. A bracelet is tied around their wrist as symbol of commitment and submission.
By those days, the devotees go to the kovil to pray Muruga and sing anthems. Offerings are made: coconuts, fruits, milk, saffron water, to name but a few.
The same devotees build also a cavadee and smaller yokes representing the Muruga temple. Wood and bamboos form a great arch which can be up to 3 meter-high! It is decorated by coconut tree leaves, peacock feathers, flowers, lime, colourful fabrics with ringing bells and icons of Muruga. The procession is on the run ... Come and join us to follow it. We will close the fast together by eating the famous 7 caris meal!
And always with the "Moris Otreman" spirit, by discovering, meeting and sharing with the Mauritian population.
If we are not in period of festivals, like Cavadee, Ganesh Chaturthi or Maha Shivaratree, we will propose you to discover the main spots of the Hindu or Tamil religions in the island, starting with the Triolet temple till Grand-Bassin and its sacred lake via the beautiful Mountain kovil in Quatre-Bornes.
Why Siva is the most beloved God of the Trimurti? Why has this same Siva a blue neck? Why is the Ganesha right tusk broken? And by the way, why has Ganesha the head of an elephant? And what about the Kali's red tongue?... Many questions to be answered through legends, stories and tales.
And always with the "Moris Otreman" spirit, discovering, meeting and sharing with the Mauritian population! Please contact here!
Day rate (from 9AM to 4PM) :
- Rs 2,000 per person.
Feel free to contact us for further details! Please dress yourself respectfully.