Vaidya (Sanskrit: वैद्य) is a Sanskrit word meaning "physician". It is also used unchanged in modern Indo-Aryan languages such as Hindi. It was and is used generally in India to refer to a person who practises ayurveda, an indigenous Indian system of medicine. 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").
Vaidya as a surname
"Vaidya" is also a surname in the northern states of India. A number of notable people have had the surname, such as:
- Chintaman Vinayak Vaidya
- Arun Shridhar Vaidya
- Lakshman Jagannath Vaidya
- Narayan Jagannath Vaidya
- Jalabala Vaidya
- Omi Vaidya
- Bhai Vaidya
- Baidya, a Bengali caste, also spelled Vaidya or Vaidhya
- Vaidyar, a professional surname in Kerala
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