Shanta Durga Temple of Devi / Shakti in the form of Durga Near National Highway No.17B,, Kavlem, Ponda, north goa-403401

The temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva.

Temple Etiquette

  • Footwear not allowed inside

    Footwear not allowed inside
    Footwear to be left outside the temple. In summer be careful of the hot paving stones.

  • Prasad and donation

    Prasad and donation
    Use your right hand to accept prasad and give donations. The left hand is considered unclean in India.

  • Dress conservatively

    Dress conservatively
    Avoid shorts, skirts, tanktops and do not expose legs.

  • Restricted entry

    Restricted entry
    Entry is normally restricted to temple priests in the sanctum sanctorum. Some temples restrict the entry of non-Hindus

  • Avoid cellphones

    Avoid cellphones
    Use of cell phones is restricted normally. Photography is restricted in some temples.

  • Circumambulation or pradakshina

    Circumambulation or pradakshina
    Devotees are to walk around the sanctum sanctorum in a clockwise direction

About Shanta Durga Temple

This temple is dedicated to Shri Shantadurga, the goddess who mediates between Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Goddess Shri Shantadurga is also called as Santeri.  She is the avatar of the Shri Jagdamba Devi,  who had come to make peace (Shanti) between Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva.
According to the Legends, once there was a battle between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. The battle was so dangerous that Lord Brahma prayed to Goddess Parvathi to intervene and stop this war.  Hence, Goddess Shanta Durga placed Lord Vishnu on her right hand and Lord Shiva on her left hand and settled the fight.
The idol of the Goddess  Shantadurga  is seen holding two serpents in each hand ,representing Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. It is also said that Shantadurga of Keloshi had gone to Sankhwal, a village in Salcette Taluk, to kill a demon named Kalantak,  who was harassing the Brahmins. As a reward, she was given the name of Vijaya.  Shri Vijayadurga shrine was located in Sankhwal along with Shri Shantadurga and Shri LakshmiNarsimha,  but was later shifted to a place called Kerim in Ponda Taluk, during the Portuguese invasions.
It is said that Goddess Shanta Durga is the family deity of  the Konkani Saraswats, Karhade Brahmins, Maharishi Saraswathis (Mahe Gotra), Vishyawani from (Kokan region of Maharastra and Goa) and Bhandaris.


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