Shantadurga Temple : Goa Directory


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Shree Shantadurga Devi is one of the most sacred Hindu religious temples in Kavlem, Phonda of North Goa. The beautiful temple is located some 33 km from Panaji the capital of the state.

Shree Shantadurga temple has an impressive idol of Goddess Shree Durga. She is flanked by Vishnu and Shiva on both the sides. As per mythology this incarnation of Shree Jagdamba devi made peace (Shanti in Hindi) between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva and stopped the fierce war going on between the two and hence the temple is named so.

The original place of Shree Shantadurga Devi was at Keloshi. From there the idol of the Goddess was shifted to Kavlem during the rule of Portuguese government. The present day temple was built during the period from 1713 AD to 1738 AD.

The Shantadurga Temple is east facing. On either side of the temple building are the big buildings of Agarshala (guest House). There is a big lake beyond the compound wall in front of the temple. In front of the temple there is a big Deepsthamba (big pillar to hold lights). This Deepsthamba is lighted during the festival times and the beauty of the temple increases manifolds when it is lit. Some of the important festivals that are celebrated at the temple are Lalkhi Utsav, Muktabharani Utsav, Tulsi Vivah [marriage] and Kala Utsav, Jatra Utsav.

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