Somnath Mahadev Temple
Somnath Mahadev temple is an important place of worship in Daman. It is a famed Hindu shrine situated in Dabhel village, dedicated to Lord Shiva. There is a popular belief on this temple as this shivalinga was miraculously originated at its present place. This happened on the request of a monk belonging to the 19th century who was a true devotee of Shiva. In the following years the temple was renovated and decorated with exquisite glasswork. The temple is known for hosting an annual fair called Gangaji Fair.
Gangeshwar temple stands in the Fundam village, at a distance of 3 kilometres from Diu near the sea shore. Amidst the rocks on the sea shore, there are five Shiv lingams which are frequently washed away by the tidal waves of the sea. According to the Indian mythology, the Pandavas during their exile used to worship Lord Shiva in this temple. The cave temple of Gangeshwar has a mystic aura where the gentle sea waves offer their obeisance to the Shivalingams.
Cave Temple at Nagoa Beach
Nagoa Beach in Diu hosts a cave temple which is dedicated to a Hindu goddess. It is a small shrine which is frequented by a number of devotees. Various decorative pots can be found inside the shrine, which are offerings to the deity by the devotees.
Jain Temple in Daman
Jain temple in Daman is located towards the north of the famous Nani Daman fort. The intricately designed and decorated inner walls of the temple are worth exploring. The walls of the Jain temple have elegant glass covers which are further adorned with 18th century murals representing the life of Mahavira Swami, who is regarded as the founder of Jainism.
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