The original temple at Quelossim in Salsete was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1566. The goddess was shifted to Kavalem and worship was continued there. The site on which the original Temple of Shantadurga stood at Quelossim is known as "Deoolbhata" and it is in the possession of the Temple Committee. The current temple was constructed during the reign of Maratha ruler Chattrapati Shahu of Satara in about 1738 A.D. Naroram Mantri originally from Kochara village in the Vengurla Taluka, was a Mantri in Shahu's Court at Satara around 1723. He obtained finances to construct the new temple for the goddess from Shahu. The temple construction started around 1730 . Due to his efforts, the village of Kavalem was bequeathed to the Temple by Shahu in 1739.
It is a fusion of Indo-Portuguese architecture. Its pyramidical shape 'shikaras' rising on the roofs of the facade and the 'Sabhamandap' , 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, balustraded flat dome, the maroon-peach-white colour paint of the temple gives the temple a serene beautiful look. The highlight of the temple is its golden palanquin in which the deity is carried on festive occasions.
Shanta Durga Temple Goa
06:00 to 12:00 and 17:00 to 20:00
Ponda is well connected to all major places in Goa by a wide network of roads. From Panaji, one can hire taxi or motorbike to reach this temple.
The two railway stations- at Vasco da Gama and Margao- also have a number of trains arriving at Goa from the rest of the country.
The nearest airport at Dabolim 45 km which has frequent flights from Mumbai, Chennai, Delhi, Bangalore and Kochi, besides chartered flights from overseas.