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A pandit, also spelled pundit (both pronounced /ˈpʌndɪt/;[1] Sanskrit: पण्डित paṇḍita) is a scholar and a teacher, particularly one skilled in the Sanskrit language, who has mastered the four Vedic scriptures, Hindu rituals, Hindu law, religion, music, and/or philosophy under a Guru in a Gurukul or has been tutored under the ancient Vedic Guru-Shishya academic tradition. Purohit is a term of similar meaning.

In English, the word has been used more broadly to refer to any of the following: Siddhas, Siddhars, Naths, Ascetics, Sadhus, or Yogis. Pundit is also commonly used to refer to experts, intellectuals, or critics in the mass media/entertainment industry .

Notable people bearing the surname "Pandit"

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