According to the legends, Rishi Dadhichi had his Ashram, a religious retreat in Dailekh District. And because this was the place where Rishi Dadhichi meditated, it was called “Dadhi Lekh” which later when quickly pronounced sounded as “Dai Lekh” says elders of the place, and hence the Dailekh got its name from Rishi Dadhichi.
The feature photo shows the Pancha Dewal’s Temple with Bhurti Temple area in Dailekh district, Western Nepal, photographed in B.S 2025 (around 1968 AD).
The Bhurti temple complex consisting of an ensemble of 22 of 26 monuments is all constructed in a typical style of Western Malla Architecture. The dry stone masonry in Panchadeval style architecture was prevalent in the entire Khasa Kingdom and is unique to the region.
Bhurti Temple that was declared as UNESCO heritage site in Magh 2064 (January 2007) is believed to have been built during Shreebarma reign in B.S 1465, however, there is no historical evidence and details to support the assumption at all.
The Bhurtī temple complex is located 3 km north of Nārāyaṇa, the Dailekh district headquarter. It currently comprises 22 standing śikhara temples (or devala) and one stone fountain. Architectural activity at the site can be situated between the 13th and 15th centuries, a time period corresponding to the latter part of the Khaśa Malla empire and the early phase of the Rāskoṭi dynasty. In 2008, the “Bhurti Temple Complex of Dailekh” was enlisted on UNESCO’s World Heritage Tentative.