Site Pictures

Images of Shri Shantadurga Temple and the old and new sites of the Mul Purus. Thanks to Raghudatha Pai Panandiker.


Shri Shantadurga Temple, Kavlem


Entrance to Vinu Pendse’s residence where the current Mul Purus Temple is situated.


Current Mul Purus Temple


Current Mul Purus Site


Main Dwar of Shri Shantadurga Temple

The new site of the Mul Purus is to the left down the steps to the “tali” (tank)


As you climb down the steps to the “tali” the site is to the right.


New site of Mul Purus Temple.

Panchayatana Puja


Panchayatana puja (IAST Pañcayatana puja) is the system of worship in the Smarta sampradaya of Hinduism. It is said to have been introduced by Adi Shankara, the 8th century CE Hindu philosopher. It consists of the worship of five deities: Shiva, Vishnu, Devi, Surya and Ganesha. Depending on the tradition followed by Smarta households, one of these deities is kept in the center and the other four surround it. Worship is offered to all the deities. The five are represented by small murtis, or by five kinds of stones, or by five marks drawn on the floor.[1] One is placed in the center as the devotee’s preferred God, Ishta Devata, and the other four in a square around it.

Source: Wikipedia