existence of Sun temples or Aditya Grihas is known from very early days. As early as 400
B.C., Ktesias mentions a place about 6 days' journey from Mount Abu, where people
worshipped the Sun and the Moon.
These are also
some ancient temples in India dedicated to Lord Sun like the Marthand temple of Kashmir,
of the 9th Century A.D.
Modhesh temple of Gujarat, of 1026 A.D., and the renowned
temple of Konark, of 1026 A.D., in Orissa.
However, in Andhra, though setting up of images of Lord Surya
is often mentioned along with other Navagrahas, still a temple dedicated wholly to the
worship of Lord Surya is very rare.
The Salankayanas of Vengi who ruled in Andhra from the 4th
Century A.D. styled themselves as "Chitrarathaswamy Padan- udhyataha," and
possibly they were Sun-worshippers.