Maheshwarnath Hindu temple in Triolet, Mauritius

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Watercolour of the Maheshwarnath Hindu temple, Mauritius, Róisín Curé

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Limited edition print (200). Watercolour area 291 x 367 mm. This painting was made in 2012 on the Indian ocean island of Mauritius.

The Maheshwarnath Hindu temple in Triolet is the biggest in Mauritius. It has statues picked out in colourful relief all around the walls. There is a strong smell of incense in the air, and hibiscus blossoms are strewn about. Small rooms have deities in them, dressed in ornate saris. There is an enormous banyan tree on the grounds, which is alive with the sound of mynah birds at dawn and dusk.
Many people (old ladies, mostly) came to worship at the temple while I painted. I had grown accustomed to people making friendly comments while I painted, but no one did here. I realised after a while that people don’t make idle chat when they are going to worship somewhere; they are far too intent on their devotion for frivolities.