Anaval: The native place of anavils
It is said that Lord Rama performed Yagna with once a vast & beautiful capital unfurling the flag of its glory till distant lands. At one time learned, pious, brave Anavil Brahmins used to reverberate its environment with Vedmantras legend says that Lord Rama got Anaval constructed by Vishwakarma. All deifies settled to meditate worship here.
The name ANAVAL is skanolpuran is found as Anadipur, Anaditirth. It is derived from Sanskrit word an + aver (un + our) = Non other, the best.
Present Anaval is about 30-35 kilometres south of MAHUWA (Taluka place) it is about 35-40 km. east of Bilimora can be reached by narrow gauge train or by S.T. bus. Buses also available from VALSAD, NAVSARI & SURAT.
Once a flourishing city left remain of old dilapidated houses & a fort, famous Ayeen -e- Akbary by Francis gladurin says Anaval had a stone fort. The city expanded to 9-10 miles. Big doors, lattices, verandahs, niches, corridors, massive gates are described by poet xallabh, even today ruined shapes of buried remnants of houses & Tulsi Kyara in bushes of gangadia tell volumes about the past of ANAVAL.
Anavils left the city in 1152 V.S. & spread over the whole of south Gujrat (Vapi to Tapi)
The oldest SHIV TEMPLE between Vapi to Tapi. The Lingaa here is swayam-Bhu self-appeared & is mentioned in Ramayana & Mahabharata, Mahadev himself says:
Mam krodho gastu atra tasmat sukleshwaram param II
Atra Ahm cha vashishyami Tathaiv umaya swayam II
(My anger is subsided over here so the name Shukleshwar & it will give moksha to all devotees. I with my Shakti Abhaya (Parvati) shall reside here)
The lord made his abode at the confluence on the northern bank of the river Kaveri. Here lete kharera to meet holy Kaveri. Lord Rama, Shukdevji, Maharshi Sanak, Sanandana made Anavar tirth a highly pious Tirth. Besides this yogis, Mahatmas & persons like CHANAKYA have recognized this as a pilgrim place having spiritual atmosphere for the ultimate realization of God.
Even shri Ganda Maharaj (Shri Yoganand Sarasvati) passed a full four months renancial period here. He used to stay in a hut in the outer portion of the Shivalaya. The Anavil society reconstructed & repaired the temple of Mahadev. The last available reconstruction date back to 1903 by Nichabhai Haribhai Desai of Degam village & so 2003 is celebrated as a centenary year in memorial.
In short this is a highly powerful, pious place with years of live renancial vibrations of from generation of present’s period.