Nosari - Encyclopedia




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NOSARI, or Navsari, a town in India, in the state of Baroda, on the left bank of the Purna river, 147 m. by rail N. of Bombay. Pop. (1901), 21,451. It is an ancient place, known to Ptolemy as Nasaripa. It was one of the earliest settlements of the Parsees in Gujarat, after their banishment from Persia in the 12th century. It is still the home of their mobeds, or sacerdotal class, and contains their most venerated "fire temple." Many small industries are carried on, including the weaving of the kusti, or sacred thread of the Parsees. There is also considerable trade by both rail and water, for the river is navigable. The public buildings and the private houses, especially those in the suburbs, are unusually good.

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