Darshan Timings: 6:00 am to 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm to 8:00 pm
Arasavalli Temple Sun rays
Arasavalli Temple Sun rays touch Lord’s holy feet inside the Sanctum Sanctorum and this miracle happen twice in a year ie at the beginning of Uttarayana and the Second occurrence will be on Dakshinayana beginning time i.e Mar and Sep/Oct. This miracle occurs at the early hours i.e between 6:00 am – 6:20 am and these rays remains steady on the deity for few minutes ie. 3 -4 mins. Lakhs of devotees visit this temple during this time and offer their prayers to the Sun God. This will happen for 3 continuous days at the early hours.
The sun rays pass through the temple tower and touch the head and slowly comes down to the feet of the Sun God inside the Sanctum Sanctorum. It is believed that these rays increase the power of the deity so worshipping the deity during this time will be auspicious. It is believed that these rays have the power to cure Skin and eye-related problems in humans.
Arasavalli Temple History
This temple was first constructed by the divine architect Viswakarma. Sun God Idol was installed and worshipped by Indra, the king of Devas. The Main deity Suryanarayana Idol was exquisitely carved on a black granite stone. The god is standing on a chariot along with his wives Usha, Chaya and Padmini under an umbrella drawn by seven horses along with the charioteer Aruna. According to mythology, Sun is known for curing several chronic diseases. Indra Pushkarini (temple tank) is situated opposite to the temple, where devotees take a holy dip before visiting Sun god inside the temple. This holy tank was created by Indra with his weapon Vajrayudha.
From the inscriptions, it is known that this temple was renovated by the King Devendra Varma of Kalinga dynasty in the 7th Century A.D.