The linga is decorated with flower garlands and rare jewels including Trinetras or Siva's three eyes and cents. In the glare of hundreds of oil lamps that art lit the idol radiates splendor and provides an eye-filling sight.
K. V. Saundara Rajan reveals that the temple at Vaikom is datable to the Ilth or 12th century was then known as Vaikkarattu-Bhatarakar wooden panel walls were added in the 15th-16th centuries, and that a second renovation treated the murals. Retouching of the largely oriented wall paintings has been extensive and the colors are probably brighter than their original appearance.
To lovers of art these paintings provide a veritable fare, which bring out all the grace, dignity and spiritual nobility of the figures depicted.