Saibini is the appellation for the mother Goddess in Goa, India. It is also used by the konkani speaking diaspora all along the west coast of India. The word can be translated as "Dame" in the English titular sense.
Saibini- The Mother Santeri.
In early times, the word was only used for the ShantadurgaShantadurga
‘Shanti’ means peaceful and calming, a term that is... or Santeri. The beginnings of Goddess worship predates the coming of the Aryans in Goa and when the Saraswat Brahmins It is one of the caste of Hindus. They are known for their knowledge of ancient, sacred scripturessettled in Goa they adopted the tradition of worshipping the Mother Goddess by incorporating the Shakti tradition. The original tradition of worshipping the Earth Santeri at the site of Ant hills continued along with the Aryan traditions of building temples. Thus the Shantadurga and Santeri were worshipped by all the sections of the Konkani people.
The Mhalsa of Mardol is also commonly referred to Saibini. The term is common amongst all the Konkani goddesses, including the ones found along the coastal belt of Karnataka.
With the coming of the Portuguese to Goa, India in the early 16th Century and the forced Christianization of the Old conquests of Salcette and Bardez, the temples of Santeri were destroyed. The deep rooted traditions of woshipping the mother Goddess continued in her Christian avtaar of Mother Mary. Thus the Virgin Mary was called Saibini.
Our Lady of Milagres (Miracles) at Mapusa is called SaibiniSaibini
Saibini is the appellation for the mother Goddess... by Goan Christians today. As Hindus and Christians commonly worship together in many Goan Churches and Temples, sometimes the distinction between Santeri and Mother Mary are lost.
The word is also commonly used for Mother Mary by the East Indian Marathi Christian Community.
All of Goan female deities are addressed as Saibinis. Even the Christians Mary is an example of motherhood and compassion and is referred to Saibini. Predominantly the word is associated with Mother Mary and the Konkani Goddesses.