History of Gujarat
Navsari
As mentioned before, Navsari was known as Naag Mandal. Before it was named Navsari it had different name like Naagvardhan, Naagshahi, Naagsharaka, Navsareh, Nagmandal and Paarsipuri which is supported by the past writings. It also seems that Navsari was also known as Paarsipuri. When Parsi’s had first stepped in the present Navsari, at that time its weather was very good ( Sari ) and it seems that due to this they derived the name Navsari as Nao-Sari.

Special from it is known that in 18th centuries 2nd decade by establishing rule of Marathas from Songadh to Navsari old Thame was developed. In 1898 AD in Navsari Jail, New police station, Sayajbag, Town Hall, Library, Varihomes, Hospitals, vegetable and fish market, Administrative officers and historical buildings have come into existence. Parshwanath’s Derasar is situated at Mudhomati in the east of the city tower, which shows that in ninth century Navsari might have been the main centre of Jain religion. There is a beautiful idol of Lord Bhrahmaji in a temple in Patva Sheri which is a prominent Jain and Hindu Vedic locality.Initially Navsari is known to have been colonized on various hills.

It is believed that due to increase in population colonization might have started in the low-lying areas. Latamaa, Banavad, Kamush Maholla, Musalman Maholla, Patvasheri, Dungdvad, Kutar Ni Khadki, Mota Mohalla, Damada Maholla, Vahorvaad are on the various hills, while Dasturvad, Desaivaad, Saanga Vaad, Kaanga Vaad, Bazaar Vaad, Gol Vaad, etc are situated in low-lying area. Navsari’s Tarota Bazaar is inhabited by Parsis. “Aatash Behram” was established in the middle of Parsi population and as a result of increased population the facility for Parsi Dakhama is made in the present Veraval area.

It is specially mentioned that in the second decade of the 18th century, Marathas came to Navsari from Sonegadh, took control of Navsari and developed the old station. In the year 1878 A. D. Jail, New station, Sayajibaug, Town Hall, Library, Vaarigruh, hospitals, clinics, vegetable and fish market, administrative offices and other historical buildings came into existence in Navsari.
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