Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple Darsanam Timings:
Morning: 6.00 AM to 12.30 PM.
Evening: 3.30 PM to 8.00 PM.
About Sun – The Heavenly Light:
For the ancient sages of our county the search for Light and Truth was the guiding principle to solve the eternal problems of creation. “Let us search for Light, heavenly Light” was their slogan. Interestingly, the Royal Astronomical Society of Britain also has the same motto, “quick quid nitil notundum” which means, “Whatever shines must be observed”. There is a Russian saying: “Rays of light are the emissaries of their master, the source of light, the Sun”.
Devotees belonging to every age confirm the appearance of God in the form of light. Light is considered as the symbol of excellence of the Spirit. Light symbolizes Truth, Order, Reality, Intelligence, Goodness, Beauty, Wisdom, Bliss and Immortality. Hence, Sun is regarded as Light and Life, as well as Love and Law. Bible says: “Let there be Light! And there was Light”. Hiranya Garbha, the soul of the universe bears and maintains the entire universe; and all beings, animate and the inanimate, live through the Sun.
The ancient sages and poets were fully aware of the Supreme Cosmic Consciousness manifesting through the Divine light. They put forward the theory of the Sun worship in many ways and within everybody’s reach. Thus, the sun worship came into life and existence through ages and continues even today. May the Sun shower life force on everyone in the universe and may the mankind see him every day !
About Arasavalli Temple:
The famous Sun God Temple in Arasavalli Village is at about 1 K.M. east of Srikakulam Town District headquarters of the North Coastal Andhra Pradesh. It is the ancient temple among the two sun God temples in our Country. As per Padmapuranam, it was Sage Kasyapa who installed the Idol of Sun God at Arasavalli for the wellbeing of humanity. Hence, the Surya belongs to Kasyapasa Gotra. He is also regarded as the planetary King.
As per the ‘Sthalapuranam’ of the temple, it was Lord Devendra who found this temple and installed the existing idol of the sun God, popularly known as Lord Suryanarayana Swamy. The story is narrated as follows.
Lord Devendra had gone for a darshan of Sri Rudrakoteswara Swamy at an untimely hour, but the Dwarapalaka Nandi stopped him because Lord Shiva and his consort were there. Devendra ignored Nandi’s words and the angry Nandi, in order to discharge his duties, kicked Devendra. Injured on his chest, Indra fell down unconscious and in that unconscious state he dreamt that he would be relieved of his pain if he built a temple and install an Idol of the Sun God. After regaining consciousness, Indra remembered about his dream.
Famous Temple in Srikakulam located in Arasavalli:
Devendra picked up handful of earth thrice at the place where he lay, and there he found a beautiful idol of sun God along with his three consorts Usha, Chaya and Padmini. There were figures of Mathara and Pingala the Dwarapalakas at the base of the idols and on the top were the two divine sages, Sanaka and Sanadana holding an Umbrella. The Sun God is portrayed as riding over a chariot drawn by Anura, the charioteer. All these images were beautifully carved out of a single black granite stone which was finely polished.
Historical Importance of the Temple:
As per the study carried out by Archeological experts based on the stone inscriptions in the temple, it must be Devendra Varma, the King of the Kalinga Kingdom, who built this temple and installed the idol of the Sun God during the second half of 7th Century. The stone inscriptions revealed that some lands were donated to the Sun God for installation of lamps in the temple and for running a school or Hostel for students learning Sastras and vedas. These donations were made by the successors of the Kalinga King Devendra Varma prior to 11th Century A.D. The temple is constructed in such a way that the Sun rays focus on the feet of the Sun God in the early hours of the day, which happens twice in the year during March and September. These rays are focused on the feet of the Idol through the five entrance gates of the temple and remain for a few minutes.
Suprabhatam – 5.00 AM
Nitya Archana – 5.30 AM
Maha Nivedana 12.30 AM
Nija Rupa Darshan 5.00 am to 2.00 pm.(Only on Ratha Saptami/Magha Saptami/Sun god Birthday)
Sevas and Cost Details:
Ashtottara Seva – Rs.20.00/-
Sahasra Namarchana – Rs.30.00/-
Ksheeranna Bhogam – Rs.50.00/-
Ksheerabhisheka Seva – R. 216.00/-
Tiruveedhi Seva – Rs.500.00/-
Kalyana Seva – Rs.500.00/-
Surya Namaskarms – Rs.50.00/-
Annadanam – Rs.150.00/-
Arasavalli Suryanarayana Temple Seva Name and Timing:
Surya Namaskarams: This Seva is performed Every Sunday at 06.00 AM to 12.00 Noon.
Tiruveedhi Seva: This Seva is performed Every Sunday Evening at 06.00 PM.
Ksheeranna Bhogam : This Seva is performed Every Sunday afternoon at 03.00 PM.
Seva for Life Time with Price Details:
Ashtottara Seva – Rs.300.00/-
Sahasra Namarchana – Rs.400.00/-
Ksheeranna Bhogam – Rs.600.00/-
Ksheerabhisheka Seva – Rs.2500.00/-
Tiruveedhi Seva – Rs.5000.00/-
Kalyana Seva – Rs.5000.00/-
Surya Namaskarms – Rs.600.00/-
Saswatha Annadanam – Rs.1500.00/-
Note:To Perform these sevas one has to send their Gotranamams with Payment.
Surya Bhagavan Seven Horses Names:
Ratha Saptami or Magha Saptami
Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Kalyanotsavams
Maha Sivaratri Festival
Naraka Chaturdasi and Diwali
Places near the Temples:
Sri Mukhalingeswara Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva 48 km
Sri Kurmanadha Temple is a Maha Vishnu Temple 13 km
Kalingapatnam Beach is 26 kms
Telineelapuram, Tekkali bird sanctuari 58 Kms
Telukunchi, Ichchapuram is 115 Kms
Sri Endala Mallikarjuna Swamy Temple Ravivalasa 58 km
Salihundam 18 Kms maha vihara salipethaka
Arasavalli Temple Address:
Sri Suryanarayana Swamy Temple,
Andhra Pradesh – 532401
E.O. Number: 9491000709