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Vaid is a Brahmin clan from the Punjab, one of the seven clans of the Mohyals. The words Vaid and Rajvaid are particularly used to denote medical professionals in Indian history.


The gotra or founding lineage of the Vaids is Dhanvantari. In the story of the Kurma Avatar mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana, during the Samudra manthan, fourteen ratnas emerged as a result of the churning of the oceans by the devas. The last founder to emerge was Dhanvantari, carrying Amrita, the elixir of life. He was a genius in medicine who invented Ayurveda and classified it into eight parts. Dhanvantari is one of the twenty-five avatars of Vishnu.

The Dhanvantari gotra was used over the ages as a surname by Brahmins who practised Ayurveda. Hindus observe the birthday of Dhanvantari as Dhanteras, on the eve of Diwali.

Kedar Sharma and Kanwarpal

The Vaid's origin can be traced back almost 2,600 years. At that time, Kedar Sharma ruled in Kannauj, a city in northern India. After him, Raja Kanwarpal established a dynasty in Kannauj. He ruled for sixty-four years, until 520 BC, and his kingdom extended up to the river Jhelum in the Punjab.

Gotpal, Sajanpal and Bodhpal

Kanwarpal was succeeded by his son Gotpal who built a city named Goti Pal on the banks of the Jhelum. His reign was marked by friendly relations with the rulers of Iran and there was mutual exchange of trade and army personnel between the two countries. He ruled for fifty years and was succeeded by his son...
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