Shantadurga Temple – The Shrine of the Goddess of Amity

Goa is full of places of historic and cultural importance strewn all across the region. We had a lot to explore in the city. The ambience of the Goan culture and lifestyle itself is very alluring and peaceful. Hence we headed towards a very popular place of sanctity in Goa i.e. the Shanta Durga temple located at Kavlem in the Ponda Taluka. The shrine of the goddess of peace is a very famous and holy place of pilgrimage as well as tourism in Goa. The architecture of the temple is awe – inspiring and the environment is very soulful.

Entrance to the Shanta Durga Temple

Entrance to the Shanta Durga Temple | Image Resource : indiamike.com

You can spot the dome of this holy site even from the distant highway that connects Panaji to Margao via Ponda. Apart of the great architecture even the lush green surroundings and majestic hills that fall on the way to the temple serve as a delight to nature lovers. The verdant paddy fields and tall coconut trees adorn the way making it equally beguiling. We all felt so peaceful and relaxed and were quite eager to reach the temple.

Shantadurga Temple

Shantadurga Temple | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

You need to climb a fleet of stairs to reach the main entrance of the temple. There was pin – drop silence in the temple premises nothing but the sound of the rustling of leaves and winds echoed against the walls. It was a truly mesmerising feeling. The Deepastambha is a typical feature of Goan temple architecture which can also be seen in the Shanta Durga temple. The Deepastambha is a lamp tower that has tiny sparkling lamps lit up to welcome visitors and is placed right in front of the presiding deity.

Deepastambha of the Temple

Deepastambha of the Temple | Image Resource : wikipedia.org

The goddess of peace is draped in a nine yard green and purple sari. The dome of this temple is topped with a Gumti that holds a golden Kalash and is the most prominent feature of the place of worship. The entire setting of the temple offers a very historic and mythological feel to visitors. The smell of incense sticks and flowers that are offered to goddess Shanta Durga seem like purifying the entire vicinity. You must visit this ancient temple to have a wonderful and calming experience.

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About Debanjan Basu

Hey this is Debanjan Basu. My friends call me “Debhu”. I'm a 45 year old businessman from Kolkata. Married and have two lovely Kids. I know that i am getting old but i believe that as I'm growing older, i am get more and more adventurous. I love Going to trips especially family vacations. Despite of my busy schedule, I always make it a point that i spend time with my wife and kids. I have been to almost every places around West Bengal as well as other states. With this blog of mine, I'm determined to help those married men like me who love hanging out with their family by sharing my travel experience.

Posted on October 5, 2015, in Attractions, Tourism, Travels and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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