"Ponda - Shantadurga Temple" Shree Shantadurga Temple Tip by Willettsworld
Shree Shantadurga Temple, Goa: 5 reviews and 14 photos
This temple was constructed during the reign of Maratha ruler Chatrapati Shahu Raje of Satara in 1738 after the original temple at Cavellossim was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1564. The temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the Goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. Local legends tell of a battle between Shiva and Vishnu which was so fierce that Lord Brahma prayed to Parvati to intervene, which she did in the form of Shantadurga. Shantadurga placed Vishnu on her right hand and Shiva on her left hand and settled the fight. The deity of Shantadurga is shown as holding two serpents, one in each hand, representing Vishnu and Shiva. The temple was very busy with people selling vegetables and household items all around it when I visited which you can see by the photos.
Address: Verem - Nerul Rd, Near Chamundeshwari Petrol Pump, Verem, Bardez
Directions: The temple is located, south of Ponda.
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