The world’s largest Goddess Durga idol is not in India but in the Mauritius. Situated on the banks of Ganga Talao, the 108-foot-tall magnificent statue was built from 2000 m3 of concrete & 400 tons of iron by the local Indians.
The world’s 108 ft largest Goddess Durga idol
Ganga Talao (or Grand Bassin) is crater lake 550m above sea level. It’s the most sacred hindu place in Mauritius. During Shivaratri, many pilgrims in Mauritius walk bare feet from their homes to the lake.
Mauritius is a small island off the coast of Africa. What makes the country so interesting is that it is the the only country in Africa which is Hindu majority. 670,000 Hindus reside in thi tiny and picturesque country, There are many Hindu Temples in Mauritius. However, this Navratri was special, the Hindus of the island achieved a very special feat.
This statue of Maa Durga is measured at 108 feet, 33 meters high. This making it the tallest Durga Mata statue in the world (surpassing Deshpriya Park Durgotsav in Kolkatta, India (80 feet high).
Construction of this “jewel of Indian art” started in 2011, the funding came strictly from donations and nothing was ever sourced from public funds. The project required six years of hard work, meticulous designing and it was built by workers from India and local sculptors and engineers in conformity with Hindu scriptures. The statue itself required 2,000 m3 of concrete and 400 tons of iron. The Murti of Devi Maa is located close to the murti of Bhagwan Shiv. The Murti of Bhagwan Shiv called Mangal Mahadev has already become a landmark and as a result, a key tourist attraction for the country. The Murti of Durga maa will also further bolster tourist attraction as it too will become another key place to visit for all tourists.