Shanta Durga temple is in Kavalem, Ponda and is as attractive as the earlier temples I saw.in Goa. Durga is really a very powerful deity who was created for killing Mahishasura, the demon and is always seen sitting on her mount, the lion, wielding lethal weapons. But the Goddess Durga here has a serene look like her name Shanta((Peaceful) and She is sitting in a relaxed position with legs stretched in front as if waiting to see her devotees. The deity is decorated in rich silks and jewels. The temple has brilliant glass lamps and chandeliers. The deepa sthambha gets lighted in the evenings.
There is also a shrine for Lakshmi Narayana on right side,This temple has beautiful tank with crystal clear water similar to Mangesh temple and I could find a Tulsi in the tank. Tulsi is worshipped in each and every Saraswat household too. People can spend time relaxing here as there are beautiful seating arrangements around the temple. An excellent place to relax and the Goddess ensures Peace and tranquility.
How to reach:
Kavalem is Ponda is 16 Kms from Madagaon which is the nearest railway station.
Accomodation facilities are available in the temple complex itself for the community members and a canteen offering excellent food at very economical rates.