On Our Beaches: The Gods Will Invite

10 years ago - August 03, 2012
Turquoise sea, golden sands, lush casuarinas ... Master of the Mauritian beaches. The postcard has changed yet. In recent years, it is supplemented divine statues.

Detour on the Northern Beaches. Pointe-aux-Fruits sports a dark time on Tuesday. A young woman of twenty years is in prayer position in a circular space formed in the water. Ashley, a young local man on vacation, says this is one year that this corner was built. "We got used to seeing people of different faiths come to pray here. This is part of our daily lives. I think we do not have the right to build. But that's how ... ", suggests that young man jaded.

A little further in the direction of Trou aux Biches, we passed on our way to a temple, a decade ago, was a 'Kalimaye'. Since then it has grown into a temple built of concrete and iron sheets. Its nearest neighbor, a "Black Madonna". In the shade of casuarina trees, she is venerated by passers-by and residents of the region ... The trip will still scroll deities.

Choisy is a coastal village that is known for its place reserved for prayer. We approach, while a man of thirty years comes to cycling. From his backpack, he takes a bottle of water, he poured at the feet of these great statues, one after another. Circular, like Pointe-aux-Fruits, however, the place is built better. Bricks were laid, and arrangements were made to create an environment of prayer. This is not the interview is missing from this space, there exudes cleanliness. The man will not be disturbed during his prayer. We're heading Anse la Raie.

While tourists are offered a show with their Kite-surfing in the gray sky, our curiosity is titillated by a small group of colored houses. With the appearance of mushrooms, mini-temples also offer sea views statuettes seem to be waiting devotees deposit their requests, offerings and thanks ...

Subash Seeruthun, president of the Beach Authority does not wish to argue. "It's a delicate subject, it does not go to war against socio-cultural associations. We do not have the right to do so, everybody knows, but we will not destroy what has already been built, it's still places of prayer. We get letters from time to time but we will not get into trouble ... "

Bel Ombre: Secretary of Kovil reacts

After the publication of an article on a panel on the beach at Bel Ombre in the Daily Challenge on Tuesday, Gassen Sunnassee, secretary of Draupadee amen Kovil accurate. This field is not part of the public beach. It's been years that we are making prayers in this space and usually no one comes to picnic here. We do not understand how this can disturb the inhabitants.

It is unfair to make such statements. We do not prevent people from coming here but we invite them to respect this place because we are very strict when we fast. We have the right to pray, we are free to do so. "The adage says it well:" the freedom of one ends where the other begins. " Who knows how far!

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