|Vedic Priest with 'shikha' - a tuft of|
hair growing from the crown
of the head. Sculpture excavated
at Nevali Cori- a site dated to
older than 8000 BC
Taking that as the lead or a clue to its name, lets look at a cognate of Nevali Cori in Sanskrit. Nevali Cori may be a distortion of 'Na-Valay-Akriti' or "Na-Valay-Akrit'.
'Na' (न) as in 'Not'. 'Valay' (वलय) is Sanskrit for 'Bracelet-like or Circular'. 'Akriti' (आकृति) is 'shape' or 'design'. Nevali-Cori may be 'Na-Valayakrit' (न-वलयीकृत) which means 'Not shaped like a bracelet or not-circular '.
Nevali Cori is said to be closest in design to Kalasasaya Temple [Sanskrit: Kala (Time) + Sasaya (Good Wish or to be desired)]. Kalasasaya Temple is also rectangular in shape.
Nevali Cori may also be a distortion of the Sanskrit 'naval' (नवल) meaning 'new' and 'akriti' (आकृति) meaning 'shape' or 'design' and could be a reference to an architectural design which was new and different from what was prevalent at the time.