Vaidya

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Vaidya (Sanskrit: वैद्य) is a Sanskrit word meaning "physician".[1] It is also used unchanged in modern Indo-Aryan languages such as Hindi.[2] It was and is used generally in India to refer to a person who practises ayurveda, an indigenous Indian system of medicine.[3] Senior practitioners or teachers were called Vaidyarāja ("physician-king") as a mark of respect. Some practitioners who had complete knowledge of the texts and were excellent at their practices were known as Pranaacharya. Some royal families in India had a personal vaidya in attendance and these people were referred to as Rāja Vaidya ("the king's physician").[4][5]

Vaidya as a surname[edit]

"Vaidya" is also a surname in the northern states of India.[6] A number of notable people have had the surname, such as:

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Monier-Williams Sanskrit-English Dictionary, Online Edition".
  2. ^ "DSAL Hindi Dictionary".
  3. ^ Ember, Carol R. Encyclopedia of medical anthropology: health and illness in the ... 2.
  4. ^ Hutchison, Rose. Gazetteer of the Chamba State.
  5. ^ Agrawal, S. P. Development/digression diary of India: 3D companion volume to Information ...
  6. ^ "Vaidya Name Meaning". Ancestry.com. Retrieved 18 November 2018.