Situated in Goa, Shri Shantadurga Temple is a famous Temple dedicated to Shantadurga, the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. The current structure of Shanta Durga Temple was constructed during the reign of Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shahu of Satara in 1738. The original place of Shree Shantadurga devi temple was at Keloshi. From there, the Devi was shifted to Kavlem during the rule of Portuguese government.
According to the legends, once a battle for supremacy ensued between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The battle turned more and more fierce. Lord Brahma prayed to Goddess Parvati to intervene. Parvati stopped the fight in the form of Shanta durga. Both Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva could be seen in the hands of Shanta durga at the temple. The two serpents in the goddess hands, represent Vishnu and Shiva.
The Shanta durga Temple is built in Indo-Portuguese architectural style. It has pyramidal shaped Shikaras rising on the roofs of the facade and the sabhamandap. Pillars are made of Kashmir stone and the temple is extraordinary in the sense that one might confuse it for a church at first sight.Picture Courtesy : commons.wikimedia.org
Goa has a tradition of harmony between all religions. Christianity is the second largest religion in Goa. Famous for its seafood, cultural practices, and tourism, Goa also has a very modern social structure. New Year and Goan Carnival are few of the events that have global appeal.
Language Spoken:Konkani, Hindi
Margao highway is just 33 km away Panaji. Ponda is well connected to all major places in Goa by a wide network of roads. From Panaji, one can hire taxi or even a motor bike to reach Shanta durga Temple.
Laghurudhra (Shiva) Abhishek is a regular ritual at Shanta durga Temple. It is supposed to impart prosperity and peace to the devotees.
Fruits, Saree, and kanuk (money in odd numbers) are the main offerings at Shanta durga Temple.