This lone biggest Sun temple of Andhra Pradesh with
performance of regular ritualistic worship and conducting of
periodical festivals on a grand scale with unprecedented
pomp and splendour has rich legendary significance and it
dates back to the Vedic times.
This ancient temple said to have been built in the late seventh century
by kings of Katinga and renovated recently by a devout Suryopasaka
Yelamanchili Pullaji Panth is luring a steady influx of theists and tourists
round the year due to certain extraordinary features it is treasuring up for
centuries now. Belief is current that leprosy and acute diseases tormenting the
victims for years and moreover deemed incurable take to flight, if this Lord's
grace is invoked with soulful prayers for a definite period .prescribed. The
relieved are visiting with infinitie joy to redeem the vows taken. Certain
chronic and acute diseases affecting heart and eyes are cured miraculously
without either deiting, or swallowing bitter pills, or even applying scorching
ointments. Thousands of persons visit and offer special prayers considering
Surya Bhagawan as Kaliyuga Varada and reliever of pains mental or physical.
The temple is heavily crowded during the morning hours, particularly with
lepers, blind and heart patients, who are making Pradakshana and adoring the
Lord with due rituals. As they go home relieved of their dreadful diseases, and
fulfillment of desires with infinite joy, manifesting in their smiling eyes and
brightened faces, the place goes by the name of Harshavalli, a sanskrit word
signifying joy and contentment. Its legendary name of Harshavalli and was
popular as a Arsohari which in course of time became Arisavelli or Arasavilli.