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  • Address: Verem­-Nerul Road, Panaji, Goa, India

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Shantadurga Temple Tours

Surrounded by lush vegetation at the foothills of the village of Kavlem in the Ponda Taluka district of Goa, the Shantadurga Temple is dedicated to Shree Shantadurga, the goddess of peace. A small mud shrine of the goddess once sat at the site, which was then transformed into an elaborate temple in 1738, with further renovations in the 1960s.

According to Hindu mythology, the goddess is famous for playing mediator between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu, taking Shiva by her left hand and Vishnu by her right to pacify the warring gods. This is why the idol of the goddess inside the Shantadurga Temple is flanked by statues of Shiva and Vishnu, and why she holds a serpent in each hand – to represent the gods.

Architecturally, the temple is a fusion of Indo-­Portuguese styles. There is a main temple and three smaller temples for other deities built around it. The temple building features a series of pyramidal roofs with a dome.

Practical Info

The Shantadurga Temple is easily reached by road from Panaji, Goa’s state capital. All visitors must dress conservatively.

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Private Full-Day All-Inclusive Tour of Goa with Lunch at a Spice Plantation, Goa, null
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Private Full-Day All-Inclusive Tour of Goa with Lunch at a Spice Plantation

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Explore Goa, which was a Portuguese colony until 1961 and remains one of the most unexpected destinations in India, on this 8-hour private guided tour which ...  Read more

Location: Goa Velha, India
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

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Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch, Goa, ... 
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Private Cultural Tour: Ancestral Goa, Shantadurga Temple and Spice Village Including Lunch

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Gain a deeper insight of Goa’s cultural heritage, Hindu religion and robust cuisine on this private full-day tour. With your guide, visit Ancestral Goa, a ...  Read more

Location: Goa, India
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $52.00

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