It is through the eastern door facing the Mahadwara the devotees
enter, and the Hoyasala crest - the youth Sala fighting Sarabha draws their
attention first. Next comes the charming bracket figures on side pillars and
stone windows, ten on each side, depicting memorable scenes from the epics.
Indeed, the interior opens up the treasure of sculptural marvel that detains
both commoners and art-critics for hours. Among them, the Narasimhapillar is the
star attraction, and one wonders with what kind of tools the sculptors chiseled
out such fantastic figures, beautified with a wide variety of jewels that defy
description. The pillar, a splendid work of art enhances the aesthetic effect of
the entire hall. The Mohini pillar lying near the southern dwarapala is a
representation of celestial Mohini, an enchanting form of Lord Vishnu assumed
during the distribution of amritha to surasuras. It is remarkable for its
filigree work and stand next to the Narasimha pillar, whose bewitching beauty
peeping through miniature sculptural pieces adorning from top to bottom
transports the viewers to blissful worlds.