Doti district lies in the far-west region of Nepal. Dipayal is the regional headquarter of the far west region. Dipayal Silgadhi is a municipality that serves as the headquarters of Doti district as well as of Seti zone.
The Rich history of Doti
The Katyuri kingdom (known as Kurmanchal) which was extended from far west Nepal in the east to Kabul (Afganistan) in the west, disintegrated into 8 princely states in 13th century. Doti Kingdom was one among the eight and Niranjan Malla Dev (prince of Katyuri kingdom) was the first king of the Doti Kingdom. The ancient Doti Kingdom included not only present day Doti district; but whole Far Western region of Nepal (Dadeldhura, Kailai, Kanchanpur, Darchula, Achham, Bajhang, Bajura and Baitadi ), and extended to Dehradun and Kumaun Garwal in India. Dehradun and Kumaun Garwal were territory of Nepal before the Sugauli Treaty following the Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-16).
The rulers were called Raikas or Rainka Maharaj.
Doti was the capital of the then Doti Kingdom.
The stories of “Deuki” practice dominates the culture of Far West Region. In Deuki tradition, female virgin child is offered to temples as a sacrifice to fulfill people’s wishes for health recovery, bearing son, etc. These girls are called Deuki. Deuki are either one’s own daughter or the ones purchased from poor families. They are restricted to marry and required to spend their life caring for the temple. They live on the offerings of the devotees to the temple.
In 17th century, during the rule of King Nagi Malla, the kingdom was ruined by natural calamities, drought and cholera. The priest predicted, if the king offered his daughter to the Bhageswor Mahadev temple, relief would come. Hosing facilities were made immediately and the princess was offered to the temple. Those difficulties were eased and a new “Deuki” tradition begun. All the credit for this social malpractice went to King Mandhata Sahi “Rainka”, the next king after Nagi Malla who had honestly claimed “Deuki Pratha”.
The practice of Deuki has been abolished by the law of Nepal. However it is still in practice in the Far West Region and is considered as a major social problem.
Similar to the Deuki system is Jhuma system which exist in the Sherpa community of eastern Nepal.
Dotyali is the local language spoken in this region which is similar to the Kumauni Language of Kumaon India.
Places to Visit in around Dipayal Silgadhi, Doti
Shaileshwari temple, Silgadhi, Malikasthan, Jorayal, Lana Kedareswor and Seti River are recommended to visit in Doti.
Climate varies with the variation of altitude here from Sub-tropical to Alpine. Maximum temperature is 33 degree centigrade and minimum is 3 degree centigrade.