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Navsari is a city and municipality in the Surat Metropolitan Region and also the administrative headquarters Navsari District of Gujarat, India. Navsari is also the Twin City of Surat, and only 37 km south of Surat.HistoryNavsari, one of the oldest cities of Gujarat, has a history of over 2000 years. According to the Greek historical writings, a celebrated Egyptian astronomer and geographer named Ptolemy mentioned Navsari's port in his book written about 150 A.D. The geographic location he showed as Narispa, is in fact the Navsari of today.The origin of the name "Navsari" has a very fascinating history. In the past, the city of Navsari has been associated with many names such as Nag Vardhana, Nag Shahi, Nag Sarika, Nag Mandal, Nav Sarika and Nav Sareh. Some of the legends associated with the various names of Navsari are as follows:Shayashray Shiladitya, who ruled over Navsari in the seventh century named this city Nag Vardhaha in honour of his Guru Nag Vardhana. During the same period, the name changed to Nav Sarika as is evidenced by a recovered copper plate dated 669 A.D. The legend is that Shayashray Shiladttya presented a copper plate to a priest in his town. The copper plate read that Shiladitya, the ruler of "Nav Sarika," had bestowed a nearby village upon this priest of the Kashyapclan.After subduing the rest of Gujarat, Umayyad conquerors were repulsed in the vicinity of Navsari in 120-21 AH/738-39 AD.Another recovered copper plate dated 821 A.D. implies that the city's name later changed into Nag Sarika. The copper plate indicates that a Rashtrakut king named Kark Suvarna Varsh gave "Nag Sarika" as a gift to his teacher named AparaJeet, pupil of Sumati Kaharishi, who in turn was a pupil of the famous Digambar Jain teacher Acharya Mallavadi. There is a popular legend behind the name "Nag Sarika." Fables suggest that there was a big papal tree on the bank of a pond in the city. A huge cobra lived in a hollow of this tree. On this same tree, sarika, a singing bird, had her nest. As they resided in the same place, both became friends. Every day sarika entertained the cobra by singing her melodious tunes. The legend has it that due to this friendship between the Nag (cobra) and the sarika (singing bird), the city's name became popular as Nag Sarika.
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