Shanta Durga Temple

Shanta Durga temple is a famous temple located close to the capital city of Goa, Panaji. The entire complex of Shanta Durga temple covers a total area of 33 km. Located on the hilly region of Kavalem in Ponda it is one of the central tourist spots in Panaji. The temple Shanta Durga is structured in the form of a pagoda and the rooftop is built out of blocks of stone. The temple is located amidst lush green surroundings.

There is a main temple built in the center of three other temples where the image of other deities can be seen. The main temple is known to possess a quaint looking dome that catches the eye of many a visitor. The floor has been made out of Kashmir stone. The temple complex has to its credit a Dipa Stambha, an enormous tank and guest houses.

This temple adorns the image of the goddess Shantadurga. Also known as the goddess of peace, Shantadurga is highly believed and worshiped by the native inhabitants of Panaji. According to the Hindu mythology goddess Shantadurga tried to come in between Vishnu and Shiva in order to resolve their long time enmity. Thus she has been titled as the goddess of peace. Originally, a temple dedicated to Shantadurga was built at Keloshi but later on, it was under ruins due to the Portuguese attack that took place in the year 1567 . Thus a new temple at Ponda near Panaji was constructed in the year 1740.

Last Updated on: 15/05/2013