Arasavalli Suryanarayana Swamy Temple is a famous Sun God temple in Andhra Pradesh. It is located in Arasavalli village in Srikakulam district of the state.
Arasavalli Temple is one of the ancient and all among two sun God temples in our Country. According to Padmapuranam , Sage Kasyapa installed the Idol of Surya at Arasavalli for the Welfare of mankind. Therefore , the Surya is of Kasyapasa Gotra. He is also termed as planetary King. The ‘Sthalapuranam ‘ of the temple narrates that lord Indra had founded this temple and installed the existing idol of the sun God commonly known as Lord Suryanarayana Swamy under the following circumstances .
Once Lord Indra, ignoring the words of Dwarapalaka Nandi, attempted to force his entry for Darshan of Sri Rudrakoteswara Swamy 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 attendant Indra fell down senseless. 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 picked up hand-full 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.