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Ashaval is the first name of Ahmedabad or Amdavad.[1] Archaeological evidence suggests that the area around Ahmedabad in the state of Gujarat, India has been inhabited since the 11th century, when it was known as Ashapalli or Ashaval. The city of Ashaval was located on the east of River Sabarmati. Existence of Ashawal is traced way back in 9th - 10th century up till 13th century.[citation needed]


The estimated area of Ashawal was from Calico Mills via Jamalpur Darwaja up to Astodia Darwaja. The hillock near Astodia Darwaja (the present Dhal-ni-pol area) was known as 'Asha Bhil-no-Tekro'.[2]


Ashaval was originally ruled by a Bhil chief, who was defeated by the Chaulukya king Karna (r. c. 1064–1092 CE). The 14th century chronicler Merutunga states that Karna established the city of Karnavati after this victory, which is identified with modern Ahmedabad by some scholars.[3]


  1. ^ Rai, Neha (28 November 2018). "The History behind the names of Ahmedabad City". Retrieved 3 January 2019.
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  3. ^ Tommaso Bobbio (2015). Urbanisation, Citizenship and Conflict in India: Ahmedabad 1900-2000. Routledge. p. 164. ISBN 978-1-317-51400-8.