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    About Shantadurga

    ‘Shanti’ means peaceful and calming, a term that is usually not used with Durga (Goddess related to empowerment and war). But that is the exceptional thing about Durga. She can be unpredictable and can change her roles with the demand of the situation. ShantadurgaShantadurgaShantadurga
    ‘Shanti’ means peaceful and calming, a term that is...
    is an embodiment of Shakti, the feminine aspect of the Universe. She is an incarnation of Durga who came into existence with the motive of bringing order.

    She is also known as Rudraya MohiniMohiniMohini
    Mohini is one of the most popular and iconic characters of the Hindu mythology and is the only female incarnation of Vishnu.
    , Bhoomitayee (Mother of Earth) and praised to when people want to attain prosperity, wisdom and fertility.

    Legend of Birth

    It is believed that Shiva, the Destroyer and Vishnu, the Preserver (both are the Supreme Gods of Hindus) always had clashes due to their roles. One such clash shook all the three worlds (Earth, Hell and Heaven). The destruction of the universe could be the end result of this fight. Lord BrahmaBrahmaBrahma
    According to Hinduism, the whole creation is the work of Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity)...
    (one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus, also known as the Creator) took the matters in his hand and evoked Shakti, in the form of Shantadurga.

    She provided peace and reconciliation between ShivaShivaShiva
    Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ...
    and VishnuVishnuVishnu
    Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,..
    and held each one of them in her each hand. She stopped the war and brought truce thus she is given the name, Shantadurga. Shakti, in the form of ParvatiParvatiParvati
    After the death of Shiva's first love Sati, Shiva...
    (The Goddess of Love and Devotion) is the wife of Shiva. Therefore Shantadurga is also considered Shiva’s consort and also his devotee. She is always prayed to with an idol of Shiva placed next to her. At many temples her idol is placed in the middle of two six inches idols of Vishnu and Shiva each.

    This legend explains how universe without the feminine aspect can be destructive, barren and chaotic and it is saved only by love of a Mother and her control. Though Durga is considered violent and dangerous but she can take the role of the peace maker on the behalf of her devotees.

    Symbolism

    Shantadurga is depicted with four arms, usually carrying four of these items, i.e., shield, trident, sword, hand kettle and lotus. At times, she is seen with two serpents in her hand which depict her control on Shiva and Vishnu. The greater meaning of serpents is demonic qualities which can only be controlled by a mother, be it in man, gods or celestial beings.

    She wears a crown which is decorated with a fish in it. This signifies two things. Firstly, she is considered the patron goddess of fisherman and secondly it is considered as the symbol of Vishnu as he lived under water with fishes.

    Temples

    Shantadurga is immensely worshipped in Goa. There are numerous temples dedicated to her name like Shantadurga Fatarpekarin in Fatorpa, Shantadurga Kumbharjuvekarin at Ponda, Shantadurga Chamundeshwari Kudtari Mahamaya at Quepem and Shantadurga Sangodkarin at Dhargal. The most famous temple is Shantadurga temple at Kavela. There is also a Shiv Linga Linga is a phallic shaped symbol of Shiva which is considered his source of power and is worshipped by Hindus(symbol of Shiva’s power and energy), made of black concrete, placed next to Shantadurga’s idol. Many Konkan devotees (people of Goa) consider Shantadurga as their Kuldevi (family deity).
     
     




     
     

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