Rayachoti is a very popular town in Andhra Pradesh. It is well connected to other major cities of the country by rail and the connectivity by road is also good. The weather is tropical here and it is best to visit during the months of November to February when the weather is cooler.
Rayachoti is mainly famous for the 12th century temple of Lord Veerbhadra Swamy. The story behind this temple is that king Daksha organized a Yagna and in order to Humiliate Lord Shiva, he did not invite him. Goddess Sati threw herself into holy fire and killed herself. Lord Shiva got infuriated by this incident and sent Veerbhadra to destroy Daksha. Meanwhile sage Mandavya was at penance for lord shiva and seeked darshan of Veerbhadra. When Veerbhadra granted him Darshan, the Sage requested Ambica to calm down Veerbhadra. On request of the Sage Veerbhadra and Ambika as Bhadrakali stayed there and later the temple was built by a king there.
Devotees and Tourists come in large number from far away places to worship Veerbhadra and Bhadrakali and seek their blessings. One miracle also takes place every year in this temple. In the month of March, the rays of sun fall on Lord Veerbhadra. Starting from his feet, the rays move upward everyday, and on the 5th day the sun rays touch his head. A large number of people gather here to witness this miracle. One should never miss a chance to visit this enticing town of Rayachoti.