Festivals in Sun God Temple
- Ratha Saptami
- Maha Sivaratri
- Maha Vaisakhi
- Rakhi Pournami
- Naraka Chaturdasi & Diwali
- Vaikuntha Ekadashi
- Makara Sankranthi
Ratha Saptami is the most important festival which will be celebrated in this temple. This temple is located in Arasavalli, Srikakulam Town, Andhra Pradesh, India.
Ratha Saptami or Rathasaptami or Magha Saptami
Ratha Saptami is the festival of Lord Surya Narayana Swamy, Celebrated in the month of February or March and considered as birth day of God Surya. This day is also known as Surya Jayanti.
It is a belief that our Country goes into light from darkness from this day every year. The winter season ceases & spring season starts. Our bodies will have a chemical reaction with the sun rays and we become healthy.
Mythologically it is said to be Sun God's birthday. Special rays and vibrations are supposed to be present in the temple premises & it is also said that devotees taking Teertha Prasadams will be blessed with wealth and health. Lord Surya Narayana Swamy has a chariot with one wheel and there are seven horses representing the seven colors of light that is VIBGYOR. Lord Rama Worshipped Surya before killing Ravana.
On this auspicious day we will be allowed to have Nija Rupa Darshan from 5am - 2pm.
Ratha Saptami is Symbolic change of season to spring and start of harvesting season. By worshipping Lord Surya and observing fast on this day one can get rid of all type of sins.
Suryanarayana Swami Vari Kalyanotsavams
Ancient Hindu Temple - Sungod temple located near Srikakulam Town in Arasavalli.
Lord Surya's Kalynotsavam is celebrated from Chaitra Suddha Ekadashi to Bahula Padyami (6days). Generally it comes in the month of March and April. Lord Surya has 3 consorts. They are named Usha, Padmini & Chaya, daughter of devasilpi (mason) Viswakarma. The Lord Married them.
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As the temple's Kshetrapalaka (Mayor) happened to be Bhuvaneswari Sahita RamaLingeswara Swamy, Maha Sivaratri is celebrated in the month of February and March. Special Abhishekas like Rudra Bhishekam, Ekavara Abhishekam are performed at night. The special reason for this to be performed in the night is to keep the people awake (Jagaranam)
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This Ritual is otherwise known as Holika Pournima or Holi. This comes in the month of March i.e Phalguna Suddha Tryodasi, Chaturdasi & Pournima. On Tryodasi (i.e. 1st day) at 6pm Kamadahanam festival is celebrated. Dry grass (straw) is burnt as a sign of victory over evil desires. This ritual performed at 7pm in the holy garden with the procession of Lord taken in procession. On the third day ie on the Dolotsavam day the lord will be cradled in the holy garden at the outskirts. This cradle is known as Dola
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In the month of Vaisakhi devotees give their offering to the Lord for health & wealth. This is one of the holiest months for Sun Worshippers.
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This comes on Sravana Suddha Pournami. Vishesha Archana is performed on that day. A new sacred thread is worn by Lord Surya.
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This is the birthday of Lord Krishna. It is celebrated for nine days starting from Sravana Bahula Ashtami.
1st Day - Vratam
2nd Day - Utti Festival from 7 pm at the Holy Garden.
3rd Day up to 9th Day - The function will be celebrated from 6pm onwards
Prasadams will be distributed to the devotees
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Asweeyuja suddha Padyami to Dasami, Dusserah Navratri's are celebrated (Srarannavaratri), Chakrarchana, Avararachana, Homam will be performed.
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Naraka Chaturdasi & Diwali
On Asweeyuja Bahula Chaturdasi & Amavasya the Lord is taken in procession to the holy garden. An idol of Narakasura is made & burnt as sign of victory of good over evil. On the next day i.e on Diwali day the temple will be illuminated with special lights.
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Every year on Kartika Suddha Dwadasi Lord is taken to Indra Pushkarini & Lord is launched on "Hamsa Nava" is turned around for twelve times, namely Parikramas. During this time Visesha Archana is performed to the deity & devotees will place deepams on the Pushkarini water. This is to show way to heaven.
On this day the Vaikunta Dwara, the way to Heaven (North door) is opened. Devotees entering the temple through that dwara. Temple is treated as Heaven that day (auspiciously). Special Vratam and Annadanam will be performed on that day.
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On that day Sun is said to be changing from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana. Special abhishekam & Archana are performed.
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