Once inside the main Temple, the visitor finds himself in the ‘mukha-mandapa’ which is also called ‘Natya-mandapa’. It doesn’t take much time to the visitor to realise that the ‘Natya-mandapa’ in itslef is a small world of visual splendor, a small world in which one can find the exquisitely sculpted images of the divine personalities of Hindu mythology. The images are sculpted on the twelve pillars of the Natyamandapa. The fascinating image of ‘Bhringiisvara’ in dancing position, with a third leg, indicating motion while in dance, is a beauty and a real treat to the beholder’s eyes.
Likewise, the sculpted image of Lord Shiva in the form of ‘bikshaatana muurti’ with the bowel in his left hand, seeking alms, is another fascinating image in the Natya-mandapa.
The images of the Sun-god, the Moon, Parvati, Rambha, Padmini, Tumburu and Brahma are some of the other fascinating images sculpted on the pillars of Natya-mandapa.