The sanctum has the shivling where the puja happens and a life size Nandi in front of it. This pious place is a marvel of architecture with numerous carvings inside and outside. The beauty of the architecture is that there is no mortar used to hold the stones. It is said that they were kept on top of each and then carved into the preset designs.
As prasad you get pedas along with other things to offer. These pedas also have a drolling story. People say that if you keep a few pedas in a bowl inside the temple where the shivling is, there will be one or two less. Now, I did not try that, but you may like to and find how true is it :)
We spent about 35 minutes there, and then commenced our journey back home to Pune.
10 points to note:
1. Carry jackets, cap and shoes. The breeze is quite cool. And the sun will tan you.
2. Photography enthusiasts - do carry your expensive lenses.
3. Don't worry Instagrammers - surprisingly you get full speed 4G connection in the middle of the backwaters. You can easily populate your timelines. :)
4. Carry a handbook that covers all the birds that visit there. It will be helpful to identify birds.
5. Leave early in the morning or be there at around 9am latest.
6. Do try the chilapi fish. Local food is always a better option.
7. Be careful when on the boat, and have the life jacket always on.
8. Do not litter the backwaters or throw any trash or food into it.
9. At the temple, it will be nice to have someone with the knowledge of history and architecture. It helps you appreciate the place better. I did mine with Travia Outdoors, owned and run by a friend.
10. Lastly, at the bird sanctuary there are also night packages. If you are one avid bird-watcher, spotting the nocturnal ones will be an experience in itself.
Sometimes, a day's journey experience also equates the conversance you get from a week's journey or a longer one. And it is satisfying in it's own way.