Shantadurga Temple

Shri Shantadurga Temple

The Shri Shantadurga temple at Dhargal is located 14 kms from Mapusa and 27 km from Panjim in Pernem.  It is dedicated to Goddess Shantadurga. She is renowned as the Goddess of peace. It is believed that one time there was a nasty quarrel between Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. Goddess Shantadurga settled their dispute and dispersed peace. She took Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva on her right and left palms respectively. The temple is known by diverse names. Sateri, Thamai, Bhumka and Adimaya are the distinct titles of the temple. People use these titles as asserted by the localities where the temple is found.

In Goa, you will find three temples which are dedicated to Goddess Shantadurga. These temples combine striking design with superb functional designs. It was assembled by Shahu Maharaj, the Maharaj of Satara in the seventeenth century. The temple also has statues of other Gods in the three temples located close by.The temple is crested with a top covering in the form of a pyramid. The tiles of the temple have been constructed out of granite. The major likeness of the Goddess in the temple has serpents in each of her hands which are emblems of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. The Sri Shantadurga Temple is established at an expanse of about 33 km from the town of Panjim, the capital of Goa. You will find a Dipa Stambha, adorned with attractive lights glittering and glowing, adding special charm and attractiveness to the temple. Apart from the Dipa Stambha, you will furthermore find a large tank in the vicinity of the temple that was once used by devotees for bathing purposes.

The Shanta Durga temple has many guest houses also known as Agrashalas for the convenience of devotees. Devotees can relax in the ambience of these Agrashalas and experience complete peace of mind. The temple also has a sanctum sanctorum known as 'Devasthan' where wedding ceremony are held. The fest of Jatra which commences one time throughout December is a much awaited event. This jatra attracts visitors and devotees who arrive here wholeheartedly and soak in the festive spirit. The jatra is not anything but a parade of kinds where the Goddess is ornamented with splendid saris, dazzling jewellery and put in chariots. The devotees roam through the town with the chariot spreading happiness amongst one and all.