Temples in Goa - Sri Shantadurga is regarded as the goddess of peace who is said to have settled a quarrel between Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu amicably. Sri Shantadurga is worshipped all over Goa and scores of temples have been devoted to this deity.
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At several places it is known by several names, "Thamai", "Sateri", "Bhumka", "Adimaya" and others. The temple of Shree Shantadurga devi was originally at Keloshi.
In Keloshi Shree Shantadurga Devi was known as Santeri Devi and was worshipped by that name.
Shree Shantadurga's temple was built at Keloshi by an affluent merchant, Anu Shenai Mone.
Now situated at the foothill of Kavalem, the Shantadurga temple boasts of a huge tank, a Dipa Stambha and Agrashalas. There are no records with the Temple trusties to indicate the exact time when the temple was constructed at the current location (Kavlem).
However, the records available establish that the current structure of the temple was in existence between 1713 A.D. and 1738 A.D. during the reign of Shahu Maharaj of Satara at the request of one of his ministers, Naro Ram Mantri.
Many renovations have been done over the years to the main temple and to the temples of other deities besides the agarshala (guest house) which is built on three sides of the temple.
The original site of Sri Shantadurga temple is Kardelivana of Quelossim in Mormugao Taluka, where the great bard Krishnadas Sharma penned the epic "Sri Krishna Charita" probably in the 14th century on the lines of Dnyaneshwari.
The temples of Shree Shantadurga and Shree Mangesh, two of the most revered patron deities of the Hindu Goud Saraswat Brahmin
community are located in Kavlem and Mangeshi respectively in the Ponda district of North Goa.
This avatar of Shree Jagdamba devi which had come to make peace [Shanti] between Shree Vishnu and Shree Shiva, came to be known as
Shree Shantadurga devi.
The original place of Shree Shantadurga devi was at Keloshi. From there devi was shifted to Kavlem during the rule of portuguese government.
This current temple structure of Shree Shantadurga devi was built during the period from 1713 a.d to 1738 a.d. Many renovations have been done over the years to the main temple and to the temples of other deities besides the agarshala [guest house] which is built on three sides of the temple.
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