Anavil Brahmin

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Anavil Brahmins are a community of Brahmins who are dominant in the Valsad, Navsari and Surat district of south Gujarat, India, where they have been significant land-owners and have an influential role in politics.[1][2]

The Anavil are among the Brahmins communities who do not perform a priestly function. They comprise two sub-groups, called the Desai and the Bhathela. The former acted as tax farmers during the era of the Maratha Empire, then as minor rulers and eventually underwent a process of sanskritisation that saw them conform more closely to the classical Brahmin practices.


Anavil Brahmins also known as Ayachak (One who never begs). Yachana is quite a norm among the Brahmin community. After each holy ritual, Brahmins demand something from the host, also known as Yachana.

The most popular surname among Anavil Brahmins are Desai & Naik (Nayak), among many like Vashi,Thakor, Mehta.


  1. ^ Goody, Jack (1990). The Oriental, the Ancient and the Primitive: Systems of Marriage and the Family in the Pre-Industrial Societies of Eurasia. Cambridge University Press. p. 187. ISBN 978-0-52136-761-5.
  2. ^ Streefkerk, Hein (1985). Industrial Transition in Rural India: Artisans, Traders, and Tribals in South Gujarat. Popular Prakashan. p. 131. ISBN 978-0-86132-067-7.

Further reading[edit]

  • Jan Breman (2007). The Poverty Regime in Village India: Half a Century of Work and Life at the Bottom of the Rural Economy in South Gujarat. Oxford University Press.
  • Klaas W. van der Veen (1972). I Give Thee My Daughter: A Study of Marriage and Hierarchy Among the Anavil Brahmans of South Gujarat. Van Gorcum.