temple of Lord Suryanarayana at Arasavalli near Srikakulam is an ancient and powerful
Local legend has it that Lord Indra
himself founded the temple. The sthalapurana of the place narrates all the eventsconnected
with the foundation of the temple and the installation of the Lord in it. The legend runs
Once upon a time Indra, the Lord of Heaven, attempted to force
his way into the temple of Koteeswara at an untimely hour and the gate-keeper Nandi kicked
him and turned him out.
Indra, humiliated and crest-fallen, fell back about two miles
away, unconscious. While in his unconscious state, he in his Anta- ratma perceived Lord
Surya who told him that he would be cured of his pain if he enshrined the Sun God arid had
a big temple built at that place.
After regaining his consciousness Indra remembered the dream
and at once installed the idol of Lord Surya at the every place where he lay and
established a beautiful temple, which was, designed by Maya the chief architect of the
Gods. This is said to be the Arasavalli temple.