Chalukya king Vikramaditya who is invited for the
opening of the Lakshmi Devi Temple at Doddagadduvalli, the first Hoysala style temple, misses the dance worship of the Hoysala Queen Shantala. He arrives two days behind schedule along with his wife Lakumi Devi. Shantala receives the Chalukya Queen and the latter expresses the desire of her husband to witness Shantala's dance performance. The queen of dance (Natya Rani) Shantala refuses the suggestion asserting that her performance is not an entertainment, but a sacred art meant for gods. Lakumi Devi goes back to her husband concealing her anger, while the Chalukya King becomes all the more desirous of seeing Shantala's dance performance. His Maha Mantri or Chief Minister Muddarasa begins to hatch plans to create an occasion for his King to witness Shantala's performance. Realising that a war with the Chalukya King in inevitable, the Hoysala Queen goes to Lakshmi Devi temple to offer her sacred dance, before proceeding to the war. Vikramaditya, who is present in disguise among the audience, witnesses the dance!