Though the shrine claims of Pouranic glory, dating back to the Krita
yuga and enshrines certain vestiges of that dim past, its historic
past begins only in the eight century. The mighty rulers in their
passion for religion and love of arts made endowments to the
temple in several ways, besides erecting tall gopurams and huge
mandapams. Inscriptional evidence preserved by the Department of
Epigraphy provides the historian adequate data starting only from
eighth century onwards.
The donors and patrons preferred inscribing
their contributions in the languages they held dear, and so scholars
find several vernaculars - Tamil, Sanskrit, Kannada etc. and what is
more they are both in prose and verse.