A pandit, also spelled pundit (both pronounced //; 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"
- Chandrakant Pandit (Maharashtraian)
- Farah Pandith (Kashmiri)
- Giridhari Lal Pandit (Kashmiri)
- Mohammad Shafi Pandit (Kashmiri)
- Lalita Pandit (Kashmiri)
- Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit (Kashmiri)
- Raaj Kumar- real name was Kulbhushan Pandit (Kashmiri)
- Jatin Lalit (Jatin Pandit and Lalit Pandit) (Rajasthani)
- Vikram Pandit (Maharashtrian)
- Shrradha Pandit (Rajasthani/Hindi/Haryanvi)
- Shweta Pandit (Rajasthani/Hindi/Haryanvi)
- Yash Pandit (Rajasthani/Hindi/Haryanvi)
- Devaki Pandit (Maharashtrian)