Most Hindu temples are built on valleys but the Shantadurga Temple in Kavalem village is unique as it is situated at the foothill, giving a beautiful view of the white tower and red roof with a backdrop of greenery. This temple is considered as the most significant and the biggest temple in Goa. Built in 1738 AD, it was built per the request of Naro Ram Mantri during the regime of Maratha ruler Shahu Raje of Satara. According to history, the original Shri Durga temple was destroyed during the Portuguese invasion in 1564, but the idol was safely brought to Kavalem where the harijans kept it safe for years. Since then, the temple has undergone several renovations to provide better facilities for visitors and devotees who visit here in great numbers from different parts of the world. Subsequently, the idol was returned to its present location.
Located about 33 kilometers from the Goa capital, Panaji, the temple is dedicated to the goddess Shantadurga, the goddess of Peace. [Read more…]