temple renovated recently is fairly a big temple built in the South Indian
architectural style. Its prakara and tower are quite imposing and there are
mini-shrines installed with adorable deities. The image of the Lord is carved on
a six-foot high black granite slab, flanked by his consorts Usha, Chaya and
Padmini. He is in sitting posture in the chariot drawn by seven horses with
Anura driving it. Its exquisite chiselling mirrors the excellent artistry of the
sculptors and lifts the souls at first sight itself. The architectural skill
reached such high perfection that during certain fixed hours in the early
morning, the rays of Sun fall at the feet of the image, as if they are offering
obeisance to it. Passing through several doors and touching the lulus feet of
the image is considered as marvel and archamurti's glory too. The temple has a
large tank going by the name of Surya Pushkarini.
Among the periodical festivals, Kalyanotsav and Rathasaptami draw heavy crowds,
when the temple and its precincts are seen overflowing with devotees coming from
several far-off places. This is one of the famous centres of pilgrimage for
Suryopasakas. Sundays and Magha masas are deemed the best for worship. The
Kalyanotsav falling in the Chaitra masa lasting for seven days is the
star-attraction of the temple. Though there are some more ancient Sum temples in
Andhra Pradesh in places, like Alampur and Warangal, their appeal is
comparatively low, due to their condition is almost in ruins.
It lies 3 km off Srikakulam of Andhra Pradesh on the way to Srikurmam,
accessible by bus and autos.