The Sri Shanthadurga temple at Dhargal is located 14 km from Mapusa and 27 km from Panaji in Pernem. The temple has beautiful natural surroundings and is said to have been built in 1550 A.D. It is housed in a vast compound and has a deepa-stambha (lamp post) in front and a gopuram (tower) atop the sanctum. This temple is dedicated to Sri Shanthadurga, an incarnation of Goddess Parvathi, consort of Lord Shiva.
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Shanthadurga or Santeri is worshipped as Gramadevi in many villages and is a manifestation of Durga adopted by Goans. Also called the goddess of peace, Shanthadurga is believed to have stopped the quarrel between Shiva and Vishnu. The festival of this Goddess is celebrated in month of December.
The Shanthadurga temple at Dargalim is one of the few temples in Bardez that has survived the destruction by Portuguese. The Goddess of this Sri Shanthadurga temple is known to have been moved from the house of Sri Kichkar of Taliwada, Mapusa to Sanquelim which was a part of the Maratha kingdom of Sawantvadi at that time. It was later shifted to its present site at Dargalim which was then a principality of the Sawantvadi kingdom.
The Shanthadurga temple at Dargalim is known to have been built of mud and palm leaves as laterite or granite were rarely used. It has other three stories with Mahadev and Ganapathi in one, Dadd in the second and Ravalnath in the third. At different spots one will also see niches with idols of Purmar, Santeri, Dadd and Ravalnatha.
The Dabolim Airport lies just 29 kilometres from the state’s capital, Panaji.
The two railheads in Goa are Madgaon and Thivim.
Goa enjoys daily bus service from important cities like Mumbai and Pune.
Goa Pin code -403 513
Devotees visit this temple to seek fulfillment of the following:-
- Trouble-free marital life
- Removal of physical ailments
- Freedom from economic Problems
- Fearless disposition
Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Maatrirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaktirupena Sansthitah Yaa Devii Sarvabhuuteshhu Shaantirupena Sansthitah Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namastasyaih Namo Namah
Meaning -Goddess Durga is omnipresent and a personification of the universal mother, who is omnipresent and who embodies power and energy. Oh great mother, who also embodies peace, I bow to you, mother, I bow to Durga and I bow to Shakti.
Ayi Giri Nandini Nandita Medini Vishva Vinodini Nandi Nute Giri Vara Vindhya Shiro Adhi Nivaasini Vissnnu Vilaasini Jissnnu Nute Bhagavati He Shiti Kannttha Kuttumbini Bhuri Kuttumbini Bhuri Krte Jaya Jaya He Mahissaasura Mardini Ramya Kapardini Shaila Sute
Meaning -I offer my salutations to the mountain's daughter, who fills the world with joy, who is praised by Nandi, who lives on Vindhya's summits, who gives joy to Her brother Lord Vishnu and who Lord Indra praises, Oh Goddess who is Lord Shiva's consort and who created abundance. The destroyer of the demon Mahishasura, the one with beautiful hair and the mountain's daughter, victory to you.
Madhu Kaittabha Vidhvamsi Vidhaatr Varade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -Oh Devi Durga, we salute you for destroying Madhu and Kaitabha and granting Lord Brahma the boon of protection. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.
Mahissaasura Nirnaashi Bhaktaanaam Sukhade Namah Ruupam Dehi Jayam Dehi Yasho Dehi Dvisso Jahi
Meaning -We salute Goddess Durga who destroyed Mahishasura, the demon, who bestows a lot of happiness on Her devotees. Please bestow on me spiritual beauty, victory and glory and crush my inner enemies.
Morning 6 AM to Evening 9 PM.