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Shantadurga Temple

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Shantadurga Temple

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The Fontainhas Heritage Walk is an immersive walking tour in Goa narrating its past. Witness the Portuguese past that eventually survived the onslaught of development in the 21st century. The houses are dressed in yellow, green and blue, balconies fronted by wrought iron railings and tiled roofs transporting you to another era.<br><br>Fontainhas is not only the oldest but the largest Latin quarter of Asia. Located at the foot of the hills, Altinho hills with springs surround Fontainhas on the west side, which give it its name from Portuguese for “little fountain”.<br><br>The people of Fontainhas lead an affluent life. Get access to heritage homes, appreciate Portuguese architecture, meet wonderful people and experience the cultural side of Goa like never before.<br><br>Highlights:<br><br>– An English speaking friendly local guide<br><br>– Get insight to Indo -Portuguese Architecture<br><br>– Access to traditional Hindu House<br><br>– Access to a traditional house from the Portuguese era<br><br>– Meet a renowned Goan Musician
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PAVITRA SHIBAD wrote a review Nov. 2020
Pune, India31 contributions
The minute I stepped inside the temple, I felt the positive and powerful vibes. Much needed in today's world. The temple is open from morning 8am to evening 6pm even during COVID, which is good as it prevents over-crowding of visitors. The main entrance is closed. You have to go just one lane ahead where the lane to the back entrance starts. Entry was not allowed without masks and the person at the entrance was noting down temperature checks of the visitors along with their address and phone number. Sanitizers were provided. Social distancing was followed. Important is modest dressing is a must. No sleeveless, half skirts, shorts or short clothes allowed. Hands and legs and legs should be fully covered. The original temple was first built in Quelossim. But after Portuguese invasion, the temple was destroyed and later built by the Maratha Empire in Kavlem, where it is now. The temple is dedicated to Shree Shantadurga, the goddess of peace. Durga, who is often portrayed exuding fury and aggression, appears in a gentler form in Goa. Shanta, in Sanskrit, means peace. According to Hindu mythology, the goddess got her name after she settled a quarrel between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. According to legend, the quarrel turned bitter and became so fierce that it threatened to destroy the entire universe. Fearing annihilation, Lord Brahma pleaded Goddess Parvati to interfere. Taking the form of Shantadurga, the goddess took Shiva by her left hand and Vishnu by her right and pacified the duo. Thus, the idol of the goddess is flanked by the statues of Shiva and Vishnu. The goddess holds serpents in each hand, representing Shiva and Vishnu. This is the famous kuldevi of the Goud Saraswat Brahmin community. Very peaceful and positive place. Definitely visit at least once.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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ashishdeora123 wrote a review Apr. 2020
Jodhpur, India434 contributions351 helpful votes
approx 33 km from panji temple is dedicated to shree durga little far from city worth to visit if in goa
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Reshma Gawas wrote a review Mar. 2020
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This temple is well inside village, approx 30 km from Panjim. It's very beautiful and peaceful place.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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puneet0310 wrote a review Feb. 2020
New Delhi, India305 contributions51 helpful votes
We visited here 3 times in our goa visits. We really like it. It is very peaceful place. It has restaurant, which has very amazing, good and tasty food.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Biju Nilgiris wrote a review Feb. 2020
Bengaluru, India220 contributions124 helpful votes
If you are hindu devotional follower, then this is one of best to place to visit in Goa. But the accessibility is little far from city. It's not a must seen place or the architecture of this temple is normal.
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Date of experience: February 2020
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