The Ancient Hindu Temple of Sun God  – “Lord Suryanaryana Swamy Temple” located at Arasavalli in Srikakulam Town, Andhra Pradesh, India. This is one of unique and most visited Pilgrimage Temples in India. The Original name is Harshavalli which means Abode of Joy.

Built originally by the Kalinga rulers of Orissa around the 7th century.The deity is a granite idol of Surya which is about 5 feet high bearing lotus buds. The deity is presented with consorts Padma, Usha and Chhaaya, on a chariot driven by seven horses.  At the base of the image are the gate keepers Pingala and Danda and the saints Sanaka and Sananda. Surya’s charioteer Aruna (Anoora) is also depicted in the image.

It is believed that the Orissa Vishwakarma Brahmin sculptors known as Maharanas in Orissa have planned the architecture and sculpted this engineering masterpiece. The temple is built in such a way that the early morning sun’s rays fall on the feet of the deity twice a year, in February and June, even when the 5 main entrance gates are closed.

 

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