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.
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.
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