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Shanta Durga Temple is the most famous Temple of Goa and holds a special place in the heart of every Goan Hindu and also in Goans as a whole. This is one of the most important tourist places in Goa Local legends tell of a battle between Shiva and Vishnu - The battle was so fierce that Brahma prayed to Parvati to intervene she did this by assuming the form of Shantadurga. Goddess Shantadurga placed Vishnu on her right hand and Shiva on her left and thus settled the fight. The deity of Shantadurga is shown as holding two serpents, one in each hand, representing Vishnu and Shiva. Shantadurga is the Kuldevi (family Goddess) of many Konkani Saraswats, Karhade Brahmins, Maharishi Saraswatis. The Temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. Shri Shantadurga Temple is a Private temple complex belonging to GSB community. It is 33 km (21 mi) from Panaji at the foothill of Kavalem village in Ponda Taluka, Goa, India. The Temple complex is on the slope of the foothills of a mountain chain, surrounded by lush vegetation. There is a main Temple and three smaller Temples of other deities which have been built on three sides of the temple. The Temple consists of a collection of pyramidal roofs with a dome. The pillars and floors are made of Kashmirstone. The Temple has a hugetank, a Deepastambha and agrashalas (guest houses). Its pyramidical shape 'shikaras' rising on the roofs of the facade (entrance hall) and the 'Sabhamandap' (the main hall), its roman-arched windows, some of which have the stained-glass window panes of deep red, yellow, blue, green colours, its chandeliers, its gate posts, balustrade flat dome, the maroon-peach-white color paint of the Temple gives the Temple a serene beautiful look. The highlight of the Temple is its golden palanquin (palkhi) in which the deity is carried on festive occasions (only 5 Mahapanchmi).

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