Mattancherry, within the City of Kochi, was the selected spot where the king and the royal family frequented to worship in the Siva, Vishnu and Bhagavathy temple. The Portuguese do business adventurers built a Palace for the king in 1552 AD in the Bhagavathy temple compound in acknowledgement of the favors received. The palace has rich mural paintings of scriptural stories by Hindu Artists. The palace has a tremendous collection of murals which covers major areas of the palace wall. The murals greatly depict the themes from the ancient mythology, legends, ethics and the Indian sagas.