Hinduism in Mauritius
Hinduism originally came to Mauritius with Indians who worked as indentured servants of European settlers of the island. Today, Hinduism is a major religion in Mauritius, representing approximately 49% of the total population of the country according to the 2011 census made by Statistics Mauritius, while other sources give a little lower estimate of 48%. This makes Mauritius, the country having highest percentage of Hindus in Africa and third highest percentage of Hindus in the world after Nepal and India, respectively(Although Hindus are not a majority in Mauritius).
There is also a significant migrant population of Bhumihar Brahmins in Mauritius who have made a mark for themselves in different fields and they are still in touch with their family members in India and there are instances of marital relations between them to keep their cultural identity intact. The International Society for Krishna Consciousness maintains a strong active presence in Mauritius, with several temples across the country.
Temples in Mauritius
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