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.
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.
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.
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.