Arasavilli near Vizag | Sun Temple built by Ganga Kings
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Nearest Sun Temple from Vizag Arasavalli situated at around 100 Km From Vizag. The temple of Sri Arasavalli Surya Narayana Swamy is one of the famous Sun-God temples in India. According to Sthalapuranas, Lord Devendra, the king of Heaven (Swargaloka) constructed this temple while historians credit the Ganga kings for the construction of this temple. The temple is built in such a way that the Sun's rays fall on the feet of the deity twice a year in the months of February and June in the early hours of the day. The rays fall on the feet of the idol for a few minutes though the five entrance gates of the temple remain closed.
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Srya Namaskarams
 Every Sunday Morning 06.00 AM to 12.00 PM
Tiruveedhi Seva Every Sunday Evening 06.00 PM
Ksheeranna Bhogam Every Sunday afternoon 03.00 PM
Once Lord Devendra , Ignoring the words of Dwarapalaka Nandi , attempted to force his entry for Darshan of Sri Rudrakoteswara Swamy varu at an untimely hour when Lord siva was along with his consort . The Dwarapalaka Nandi in the discharge of his duties kicked the intruder . Thus kicked and injured by the Devine attendent Indra fell down senceless . And in his unconscious state Indra dreamt that he would be relieved of his pain of injury in his chest caused by Nandi if he built a temple and installed an Idol of the Sun God . After regaining his consciousness , he remembered what he dreamt .

Following his dream he pickedup handfulls of earth three times at a place where he lay ,and there he found this beautiful idol of sun God with his three consorts Usha , Chaya and Padmini . At the base of the idols are the figures of Mathara and Pingala the Dwarapalakas and high up are the two divine saints , sanaka and sanadana holding 'Chatrams'(An Umbrella ). The Sun God is depicted as riding over a chariot drawn by Anura, the Radhasaradhy . All these figures are exquisitely carved out of a single black finely polished grenite stone.

The history of Sri Arasavalli Surya Narayana Swamy temple can be traced back to the 7th century AD. Sri Devendra Varma of Ganga dynasty patronized this temple and donated several lands for the maintenance of the temple. There are some inscriptions in the temple to prove this information. During the 16th century religious fanatics attacked the temple and destroyed the temple premises. But they failed to destroy the main idol, because the elders of the village protected the main idol and in the year A.D.1788, Sri Yalamanchili Pullaji completed the reconstruction of the temple installing few more idols of minor nature.
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Sculpture of Surya  
Carved in black granite, Lord Surya is shown holding a lotus in each of his raised hands while standing in the chariot. Over his head is depicted the snake Adisesha with hoods spread.
"The main temple is constructed in the form of a chariot with the four wheels at each of the four cordeva.









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