Early morning rays of the sun fall on the feet of the deity in March and in October
Hundreds of devotees thronged Suryanarayana Swamy temple at Arasavalli, 3.5 kms away from Srikakulam town on Wednesday, to witness the sun rays fall directly on the feet of the deity. According to temple sources, the rays fall on the Dhwajasthambam through the Gopuram of the temple and directly touch the feet of God. “The rays that fall on the foot, naval and head of the statue, look beautiful at that time,” the authorities said. District Collector N. Srikanth also visited the temple on Wednesday to witness the auspicious event.
The temple is built in such a way that the early morning rays of the sun fall on the feet of the deity twice a year, in March and in October, even when the 5 entrance gates are closed.
The rays are likely to fall on the feet of deity on Thursday and Friday too. Executive Officer of the temple N. Mutyala Rao told The Hindu that the rays will touch the deity on March 9, 10 and 11 in Uttarayanam and October 1,2 and 3 in Dakshinayanam. The rare event occurs only in the early hours between 6 a.m. and 6.20”.
The devotees believe that people who worship Sun god get health, wealth and happiness. That is why the village is also called ‘Harshavalli'.
The idol depicts the Sun God on a chariot. The image, made of black granite, flanked by Usha and Chhaya, is 5 feet tall. Padmapani is the name of this deity – Padma stands for wisdom and Usha and Chhaya represent eternity. The head is crowned by the serpent Adisesha.
Corrections and clarifications
A sentence in the news report, “Sun rays touch Arasavalli deity” (March 10, 2011, some editions), said: “The rays that fall on the foot, naval and head of the statue, look beautiful at that time.” It should have been navel.