Owing to religious persecutions by the Portuguese in the Sixteenth Century (1583) this deity was shifted to the holy place at village Fatorpa, Kepem Taluka from the historical village Cuncolim of Salcete Taluka at the express command of Goddess herself. Later, she became popular as Shree Shantadurga kunkalikarin at Fatorpa
STATUE OF THE GODDESS
The idol of the deity Shree Shantadurga Kunkalikarin bears a resemblance with Maheshasur Mardini. The image of the presiding deity is placed in the garbhagraha . It is a Chaturbhuj Murthi as it is made up of five metals. The Goddess is depicted with as DURGA
Shree Shantadurga Kunkalikarin of Fatorpa is also popularly known for her unique Magni tradition. She is also known as ‘ Magnichi Saibin ' of Fatorpa. She blesses the children specially by demanding them Her holy Magni.
In the past, Cuncolim was often referred to as ‘ Punyabhumi ' meaning “a land of virtue”. It was also called a “holy place” because down the years, many people from this village shed their blood to make this place holy and pure.