Naigaon

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Naigaon is the name of a railway station on the Mumbai suburban railway on the Western Railway railway line.Naigaon is closely connected to Vasai Road. It mainly consists of Hindi speaking muslims,Hindus and Christians. The language spoken by the Christian community is different dialect of Marathi language. It is divided into east and west. In the east there is a famous temple of Chandika Devi (goddess named Chandika)and the township of Mittal Enclave which is a project being developed by the renowned Mittal Builders. West comprises residential areas like Mariam Nagar, Amol Nagar, 'Dias & Pereira Nagar'- some call it (Vijay Park), Pali parish, Naigaon Koliwada, Umela village.Mariam Nagar' is the only place where salt is produced on mass scale. Naigaon west is more used for drying of fish by kolis (fishermen community) dwelling in the vicinity.

Naigaon is famous for Toddy (Palm Wine) tapped from the tree called Borassus flabellifer which is a type of Palm. There are shops which serve toddy which allegedly is pure and unadulterated.

Prime CommunityVasai has basically 5 communities: 1) Bhandari 2)Panamali 3) Koli 4) Shamedi 5) Palshe 6) Aagri 7) Vadval

In all the above 5 communities half the population was converted to Christianity around 1570 AD by Portuguese.

Shamedi Vocabulary - The word “Shamedi” is the colloquial term from the original Sanskrit word “Shamaneedresh” (“Shaman = Entertainment”, “Edresh = “Attributed”), meaning those workers in the royal...
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