27 December 2016

Architectural Heritage of India 11.4.2013

Department of Posts released a set of Commemorative Postage Stamps featuring the Arasavalli and Srikurmam temples in the series on Architectural Heritage of India.

This Sun temple from 7th century AD takes its name from the Arasavalli village nearSrikakulam in Andhra Pradesh, where it is situated. It is believed to have been built by Devendra Verma, the ruler of Kalinga. The unique design employed in the temple ensures that twice a year, in March and September, the sun’s rays touch the feet of the deity, the Sun God.

Srikurmam Temple. Situated in Srikurmam village near Srikakulam, it is the only temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu in the avatara of Srikurmam, i.e. tortoise. The temple is believed to have been built before 2nd century AD, and re-developed in 7th century AD. Rulers of the Chola and the Kalinga dynasties have contributed to its construction and development.

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