Temple is located in Nanora village in Bicholim taluka in Goa. The presiding deity of the Temple is Shantadurga worshipped in the form of Vishweshwari normally Shantadurga is worshipped in a Shanta form ,but it is believed that after killing the demons the deity's anger was soothed and the Shanta ,Soumya form of fierce Durga Devi is worshipped in Goa.
The temple is dedicated to Shantadurga, the Goddess who mediates between Vishnu and Shiva. The deity is also called 'Santeri' colloquially. Local legends tell of a battle between Shiva and Vishnu The battle was so fierce that Lord Brahma prayed to Parvati to intervene, which she did in the form of Shantadurga. Shantadurga placed Vishnu on her right hand and Shiva on her left hand and settled the fight. The deity of Shantadurga is shown as holding two serpents, one in each hand, representing Vishnu and Shiva. She is then said have gone to Kalangut a village in Bardez Taluka for helping the people in Education, Properity,Good health ,Beauty .As a reward, she was given the name of Rudaya Mohini. She is referred to as the Goddess of Beauty ,Wealth & prosperity.
The Original Temple was Located in Calangute near Mapusa City Taluka Badez,But in the 17th Century ,Due to the forceful conversion of Portugese .The Temple was shifted to Nanora in Bicholim Taluka ,Where Maximum of the Such temples are Shifted .The Priests in the temple where generally form Naik Family But today the Naik Family member are in the Management & the Main Priest is form Buskute Family (Kokanstha Brahmins ).The last of the Naik Priest was Dajiba Naik (Kalangutkar) ,who also started the First private School in Village in 1952 – later was handed to government .
The main idol in the sanctum sanctorum is more than 800 years old and is in the Form of Lingam. She is believed to be a Vegetarian goddess. The Temple Architecture The Modern Temple is constructed in 17th Century & Repaired in 1990’s when the Temple was fully made up of Marble Master piece. The temple has a Dipa Stambha and agrashalas (guest houses).
The main festival of the temple is called as Shishirotsav or popularly known as Shigmo in Goa. Its a 10 days long celebration ,includes procession of deities in diffent Vahanas,other rituals like kalotsav , Homa , Dhwajarohana , Gulalotsava , Rathotsava etc. Navaratri, Vasant Panchami , Akshay Tritiya, Shravani somvar, Dasara.