Arasavalli (Telugu: అరసవిల్లి) (Oriya:ଆରସାବଲ୍ଲୀ) is the very old sun temple dedicated to The Sun God. This Temple is situated in Arasavalli Village just about 1 K.M. east of Srikakulam Town in coastal district in Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the very old and all among the two Sun God temples in India. The original name Harshavalli means house of joy.
This Temple said to have been built by the Kalinga rulers of Orissa approximately in the 7th century CE and from one of the Places to Visit in Srikakulam, Andhra Pradesh.
Nearby to Srikakulam the Mukhalingam temples also built in the Orissa temple idiom and Sree Kurmam Incarnation of Lord Vishnu [Kurma Avataram]
Legend behind is Indra the king of Gods attempted to force his entry into the temple of Koteeshwara – Shiva and was thrown away by the porter Nandi. Repentful of his arrogance in attempting resist his entry, Indra enshrined Surya the God Sun in a temple and worshiped here, at Arasavalli.
This is a Temple of Panchayatana with Aditya in the Middle, with Ganesha, Shiva, Parvati and Vishnu in the four-sided figure. An image of Indra is also enshrined in this temple.
The five idols installed at one place in this temple viz., 1.Aditya 2.Ambica (Parvati), 3.Vishnu, 4.Ganesha, 5.Maheswara (Shiva) are worshiped by different devotees.
The local Dusi folks donated a lot of wealth to this temple, especially Sri Ramakrishna Rao Dusi.
The Sun God is depicted as riding on a Chariot drawn by seven horses driven by Aruna. All these figures are delicately carved on a single black granite stone.
Sundays during the five months beginning from Magha masam are considered as holy. Peoples from every part of Andhra and Odessa come here to worship God Sun on every Sunday.
This is an Orissa style of temple architecture. A pillar was set up by Jakkamsetti Venkanna in the year 1929. The whole base was filled with jewels as an offering.
The Arasavalli Suryanarayana Swamy Temple is built in such a way that, the Sun Rays focus on the feet of the God twice in a year first March 9, 10 and 11 in Uttarayanam and September 9th to 11th in Dakshinayanam. The rare event occurs only in the early hours between 6 a.m. and 6.20, “This rare event happens only in the early Morning hours between 6 a.m. and 6.20”. The rays directly falls on feet of the deity through 5 th entrance gate of the Arasavalli Suryanarayana Swamy Temple, and stay for few minutes.
The devotees trust that by worshiping God Sun, we can get health, wealth and happiness. That’s why this village is also famous as ‘Harshavalli’.
This is the miracle what exact happens in Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Temple in Maharashtra on January 30, 31 and February 1 and November 9, 10 and 11 every year popular as Kolhapur Mahalakshmi Kirnotsav. In Kolhapur Mahalaksmi temple it happens in Evening where as in Harshavelli it happens in the Morning and this is what a wonder of nature.