The fourth day of our stay in Goa was rather a nonchalant one. I always have a keen interest in visiting places which have some historic importance. The cultural diversity of India has always made me fall in love with itself. Goa is always known for the series of old catholic churches and being a Christian dominated state; one has a common perception of spotting only churches in the state. Even I had the same perception until I visited it myself. The Shantadurga temple is one such pilgrim center which is known for the Hindu deities, Lord Shiva and Vishnu.
The Shantadurga temple is located at a distance of 33 kilometers from the state capital Panaji. Situated at the foothills of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka, the temple remains crowded almost all round the year. The temple took 8 years to be fully completed and furnished. The creation works started from the year 1730 and came to an end in 1738. The temple has a captivating lawn surrounding it which is captivating and we sat there were long hours enjoying the fresh air. A huge tank is also observed in one side of the temple. The tint of royal spiritual color reflects the feel of archaeology in the ancient medieval India.
Goddess Shantadurga was known to be a devotee of Lord Shiva and Vishnu, and after her name the temple was created. The Gods and Goddesses are worshipped with utmost devotion by the denizens of the place. People from all over the world come to this holy shrine to offer their prayers and get blessings. The temple is surrounded within thick and lush vegetation and occupied with a chain of mountains from all the sides. There stands the temple and three small temples in the temple compound which contains roofs of pyramidal shape. The floors and pillar have a striking beauty and each one is uniquely designed with Kashmiri stone. The temple was also renovated in the year 1966. The entire experience was worth a visit and I was totally overwhelmed. I would recommend visitors to come to Shantadurga temple once and enjoy being in the arms of nature. The flora of the place is awesome giving you the feeling of ultimate veneration.