The temple sculptures depict scenes of life in the 12th century, dancers and musicians, as well as a pictorial narration of Hindu texts such as the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the Puranas through numerous friezes.
The temple houses 48 pillars and no two pillars are similar. The famous Narsimha pillar is carved out with minute figures all round from the top to the bottom and is said to have rotated on ball bearings in the past. The temples surrounding the main temple were built as blueprints for the main temple. The foundation of the main temple is in the shape of a Star(which was the symbol of the Hoysala Empire).