Pandit

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For pandit in other contexts, see Pandita (disambiguation). For the type of media consultant, see Pundit. For an explorer, see Pundit (explorer).

A pandit or 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. The English loan word pundit is derived from it but has been used to broadly refer to any of the following: Siddhas, Siddhars, Naths, Ascetics, Sadhus, or Yogis.

In the usage of the word, "Pandit", synonymous to "Purohits", refers to and they claim to be Hindu, almost a Brahmin, who has memorized a substantial portion of the Vedas, along with the corresponding rhythms and melodies for chanting religious verses or singing them during prayers or rituals.[citation needed]

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