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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the popular religious sites in Diu?

Mercy Jacob DEC 10 2012
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The pristine beauty of the beaches already infuse you with such vibes of positive energy that you feel that there is presence of something divine. You aren't very far from the truth. Diu has various churches and temples where devotees go regularly to pay their respect and in a hope that their deep desires would be fulfilled by the deities. some of the most important religious sites in Diu are:

  • Gangeshwar Temple

    Infused with the mystical aura around it, Gangeshwar temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, the enigmatic lord of death. The Phallic representation of Shiva in the Shiva linga are located amidst the rocks of the sea shore and are believed to be established by the Pandava brothers during their period of exile. Located at a distance of 3 kms in the Fudam village, this place is thronged by the Shiva devotees.

  • St Pauls church
    Built in 1691, this church is dedicated to Lady of Immaculate Conception and is one of the oldest churches in India to be active even today. It is renowned all over the world for its exquisite craftsmanship and elaborate artistry. The church has a great resemblance to Bom Jesus church in Goa and is made in an awe inspiring gothic style.

  • St Thomas Church
    One of the major relics of the colonial past of India, this gothic styled church is imposing in itself. This gigantic structure has now been acquired by the government authorities and has been converted into a museum called Diu museum. This church now also doubles up as a repository of archaeological findings.

There are many more religious sites with varied folk lore and anecdotes attached to them like Chandrika temple and Jallandhar shrine. Make sure to visit these places to not only seek the divine blessings but also to understand the culture of Diu better and have spectacular view of ancient architecture.

There are some never-seen-before tourist places in Diu, which you should definitely check out.

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