Tourism of Arasavalli – Arasavalli Sun Temple | AP Tourism
Arasavalli is famous for it’s kind of unique Temple of Surya Bhagawan(Sri Surya Narayana Swamy Temple). There are two big temples of Sun that one is in Konark, Odisha and another one is Arasavalli, Andhra Pradesh. The specialty of Arasavalli Surya Bhagawan is that the first Sun rays are directly fall on the Idol of Surya Narayana Swamy. Arasavalli is an outgrowth of Srikakulam municipality in Srikakulam district of the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. It is located in Srikakulam Mandal of Srikakulam revenue division
Arasavalli Sun Temple which is dedicated to the Hindu solar deity Surya, located in this village. The original name Harshavalli means abode of joy. It is believed to have been built in the 7th Century AD by the Kalinga rulers Devendra Varma.
Arasavalli Sun Temple is a 7th-century AD Sun Temple at Arasavalli in Andhra Pradesh, India. It is situated in Arasavalli Village at a distance of 1 km east of Srikakulam Town. It is believed that the temple was built by king Devendra Varma, ruler of the Kalinga Dynasty. The temple is still being visited today and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the town. This temple is considered as one of the oldest sun temples in India.
The Temple was dedicated to the Hindu sun god Surya. The walls in the temple are inscribed saying the creator of the temple was the ruler Devendra Varma, stating it was built in the time period known to them as the 7th century. The walls also state the temple was fixed and changed a bit to help with some of the sun temple´s major flaws during their 18th and 19th century. A lot of these changes were contributed by the Dusi family. Over the years the sun temple has been an important landmark for many of the festivals celebrated in the town. Including the important festival Rathasaptami.
The temple is very much recognized as a resemblance of magnificence and beauty. It takes in architectural skills of Vishwakarma Brahmins or Maharanas of Odisha. In the earlier parts of the day the temple is built to direct the sun´s light to fall on the feet of the lord Surya showing his importance and power.
Indra Pushkarini (Temple tank) at Arasavilli:
A sun Temple (or solar temple) is a building used for religious or spiritual activities, such as prayer and sacrifice, dedicated to the sun or a solar deity. Such temples were built by a number different cultures and are distributed across the world including in India, China, Egypt, Japan and Peru. Some of the temples are in ruins, undergoing excavation, preservation or restoration and a few are listed as World Heritage Sites individually or as part of a larger site, such as Konark, Arasavalli Sun Temples.