Bhattacharyya

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Bhattacharya, Bhattacharyya and Bhattacharjee (all pronounced bhôṭṭacarjô in Bengali and bhôttasarzô in Assamese) are three common spellings of a prominent aristocratic title among the Bengali Brahmins and Assamese Brahmins.

Etymology[edit]

Bhattacharya (IAST: Bhaṭṭācārya) was a noble title or upādhi conferred upon those Bengali Brahmins who were involved in sacred rituals by Indian kings and emperors in ancient and medieval times. In modern times, however, the Bhattacharyas are found almost in every quarter of the society. Commonly used as a surname, the word is a combination of the Sanskrit titles Bhaṭṭa ("Vedic priest") and Ācārya ("teacher, preceptor"). Bhaṭṭa is itself a title common in many parts of India. Together with Mukherjees, Banerjees, Bhattacharjees and Gangulys, Chatterjees form the Kulin Brahmins, the highest tier of the Bengali caste system. Almost all Brahmins in Southern Bengal trace their origins from the Kanyakubja region. They are Bandyopadhyay , Chattopadhyay , Mukhopadhyay , Gangopadhyay , Bhattacharya , Mishra , Bagchi etc.

Notable people[edit]

Notable people with the name include:

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