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Am a contradiction of sorts. i love going out and having a good time with friends, and i can also stay home chill out over a book or a movie..

Am very passionate about writing, so give me a topic and watch me float away into wonderland... Love reading books- sometimes i read 3books simultaneously, crazy about music- need it all around me, all the time and ofcourse, i totally am ga ga goo goo over my 7yr old naughty brat- Floppy!! errr, Prince Floppy!! :)

Friday, May 11, 2012

Skywatch Friday- Temple Towers in Goa

I was just beginning to understand what made Goa so rich in history and culture. It was my 3rd day and i waited outside the resort for the tour bus. I knew we were going to visit a few churches and temples, apart from beaches that day. The one temple that i had read about was part of the itinerary. The Shanta Durga Temple. 

The day was mighty hot and i lost count of the number of bottles of water i had gulped down. But when the bus pulled up into the parking lot, i was the first one out and off.   
 

Situated at about 33 kms from Panajim, The Shantadurga temple is home to the Goddess Durga. She is said to have mediated between Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva during their raging fight. So, in this temple she is flanked on either side by the two Gods. It was quite a walk from the parking lot to the temple, and again another short one from the entrance to the main temple premises. 

The Shanta Durga temple as seen from the parking lot
 
Walking barefoot, i literally trotted trying to manage the heat under my foot and the sun blazing from the sky. There was a tall tower of sorts near the main building, which is a structure i heard was common in temples in Goa [the other famous temple Sri Mangeshi Temple also bears a similar structure]. 

 The majestic 6 storeyed Deepasthamba

A man who was sitting along one of the walls saw me and took it upon himself to tell me a bit about the temple. The temple was built during the reign of Maratha ruler - Shahu Raja of Satara, who had received a request of the Naro Ram Mantri, in 1738 A.D. The shivalinga here at the temple is said to belong to the Mahajans [the community with the surname 'Vorde' who are the Kulavis]. He went on to say the temple is also called Shanteri Temple. 

The main deity in the sanctum was Goddess Shanta Durga holding 2 serpents, one in each hand [representing Vishnu and Shiva]. The original place of Shantadurga devi was at Keloshi. However, during the Portuguese inquisition of Goa, the temple was destroyed forcing the trustees of the Shanta Durga temple to take a decision to shift the main idol to Atrunja taluka for safety. 

The main temple building
    
The tower i mentioned near the entrance is the 6 storeyed Deepasthambha and a Ratha (chariot), which is found in all temples across Goa.  The temple also has a dome, which is fairly unique for Hindu Temples.  This is one of the few temples where Harijans are permitted to enter the main sanctum sanctorum.  I suddenly heard someone call out my name and realised it was time to head back to the bus. I walked down the slope towards the parking lot watching hundreds of tourists and locals march up the slope chattering away. 


 A different view of the Deepasthamba

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11 comments:

  1. Many associate Goa with Christianity and the long heritage of Goa with Hinduism is forgotten. This post is very different from the usual travel ones of Goa. Bravo!

    Joy always,
    Susan

    P. S: Are you paid to travel? I would like to join you ;)

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  2. @Susan- yep, most associate Goa with beaches or churches... :-)
    hahah @ paid traveller, i wish... i travel as a passion, whenever time permits.. Goa was birthday gift from friend and i went alone, had a blast across the 5days i was there

    Do you like to travel?

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    1. What question, Aarti, of course I'd like to.

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  3. Marvelous captures of a beautiful, historical place and lovely skies as well, Aarti! What a great trip you had! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  4. I like the hindu temple architectures in Goa..they are so unique from rest of them isn't it! And you went alone to Goa!! I envy you girl!Hope you had a blast!

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  5. Thank you Sylvia.. Wish you a lovely weekend as well

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  6. Nice captures and description. A totally different article on Goa. Good one Aarti.

    www.rajniranjandas.blogspot.com

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  7. informative post thanks for sharing

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