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Srikakulam Temple diaries 1

Suryanarayana Swamy (Sun) temple, Arasavalli.

Built in a way that the sun rays touch the feet of Surya Deva inside the Garba gudi, twice a year, even when the 5 entrance gates r closed.
This happens in March when sun moves from Uttarayanam to Dakshinayanam & in October when it moves from Dakshinayanam to Uttarayanam.
Believed to have been built in 7th century AD by Kalinga king Devendra Varma, it is considered one of the oldest Sun temple in India.
Sri Kurmanatha Swamy temple popularly known as Sri Kurmam.

It is the only Swayambhu temple in the world where Lord Vishnu is worshipped in his Kurma avatar. Main shrine is said to be million years old and is mentioned in Kurma, Vishnu, Padma & Brahmanda puranas.
The outer structures have been constructed many times & present one is 700 years old.
Sweta pushkarini is believed to have been created by Lord Vishnu Sudarshan chakra & Goddess Laxmi has self manifested as Kurma Nayaki.
Architecture has both Andhra and Kalinga styles.
Beautiful carvings are all around the temple
The beauty of these sculptures are the jewellery & clothes along with their folds beautifully carved.
Garuda vaahana of the temple and 3 different pillars.
There are atleast two types of scripts on the pillars. I think one is Pali, the other I have no idea. I may be wrong too, anybody with better understanding can let us know.
I didn't understand who these sculptures are of.
Beautiful pillars of Sri Kurmam temple.
Somebody has said that one script is old Telugu and one is Oriya.
Makes sense, as influence of both areas has been there.
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