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The Kaylasson Temple

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The Hindu temple Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen, also known as the Kaylasson Temple, is the most important Tamil place of worship of Mauritius. Situated at Sainte-Croix, its splendid traditional architecture, with a Dravidian style from the south of India, rises in the sky of this northern suburb of Port-Louis.

The construction of this architectural marvel began in 1854 on the land conceded by Sir Emilien Boucher de Boucherville. The kovil, Tamil name for a temple, has been consecrated in 1860 and dedicated to God Shiva.


The gopuram, the magnificent tower of the temple, is perceptible from a certain distance. Its peak soars up above the trees nearly reaching the sky. The Kaylasson temple is also famous for its ornamental  sumptuousness: the shape of the place of worship consists of six stations and represents the organs of the human body. The lotus, which unties from the rest, matches the head.

The Kovil Shri Sockalingum Meenatchee Ammen is classified among the national heritage of Mauritius. It is a strategic place to celebrate Cavadee at the beginning of the year, Cavadee often being broadcasted live on television at Sainte-Croix since the enthusiasm of the believers is intense.


The Kaylasson kovil is a place of spiritual pilgrimage but also attracts tourists coming to Mauritius, fascinated by the beauty of the decorative sculptures hand-made by craftsperson masons specially from India. Those sculptures showing different scenes of the Hindu mythology are so well designed that they contribute in making Tamil temples sculptural wonders on a large-scale.