Then comes the two-storeyed
rectangular inner shrine richly ornamented with gables - the
characteristic feature of the Kerala architecture. Its outer walls
are beautified with mural painting, depicting many legendary tales.
There are several minishrines
dedicated to adorable gods and goddesses, like Krishna, Sastha,
Siva, Narasimha, Vyasa, Kshetrapala, Rama, Lakshman, Sita etc. Lord
Ganesh's icon with its prominent pot belly, matching his diminutive stout limbs attracts everyone most.
The sculptors' artistry in the
making of Vishnu image with four hands and Lakshmi sitting under the
canopy of tree peeps at beholders and bends heads in homage to the
Lord and the makers too. For this and more, credit goes to the
illustrious Maharaja Marthandavarma, whose devotion is second to
none. To be true history has not so far produced another specimen
king of Kerala to stand beside or behind him. He is a unique gem of
purest ray screen, dazzling among the royal patrons of art and
architecture. The cause of his matchless passion for construction
and faith in God, and love of fellowmen deserves reverent study.