What is a "Panda"?

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#1 Nov 2nd, 2010, 19:27
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So I am reading all sorts of things about India and I have came across several mentions of "pandas" in or around temples.
For example wiki travel says
"Stay safe from pandas of any temple.Ignore them as they are very dangerous.They will extract money from your pocket ruthlessly in the name of God. They are very influential and nothing can be done with the help of law. Avoid entering innermost sanctum of any living temple(even if you are Hindu/Indian)..."
As I am certain these are not the cute bears, can someone please describe to me what a "panda" is.
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Panda are priests normally found in Orissa (Puri). There are official and unofficial Pandas. Unofficials Pandas will been seen near railway and bus stations. Official Pandas would be seen near the temple complex.
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a panda is a priest.
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OH THANK YOU!!!
That makes things easier to understand
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"Stay safe from pandas of any temple.Ignore them as they are very dangerous.They will extract money from your pocket ruthlessly in the name of God."

I'm no fan of priests but to call them "very dangerous" across the board is unfair, not to mention inaccurate. I'd go along generally though with the advice to ignore priests. It has worked well for me so far!
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Originally Posted by DaniD View Post As I am certain these are not the cute bears,
Ha ha, that they certainly are not!

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I'm no fan of priests but to call them "very dangerous" across the board is unfair, not to mention inaccurate. I'd go along generally though with the advice to ignore priests.
Sound advice, I second that.
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I didn't know that pandas are necessarily priests! I thought they were more like touts. I've even seen baby pandas (well, teenagers, -- not cute ) --- who are certainly not priests --- roam around with sticks, hitting anybody in reach on the head and ask for money. It's difficult to get rid of them, and they are often rude if refused.
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Originally Posted by suricate View Post ....I've even seen baby pandas (well, teenagers, -- not cute ) --- who are certainly not priests --- roam around with sticks, hitting anybody in reach on the head and ask for money. It's difficult to get rid of them, and they are often rude if refused.
That is extreme! Where was it?

The most obnoxious "pandas" Ive seen were in Pandharpur but they certainly did not go around hitting people. Rude yes I can imagine, but hitting people is abominable.
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Oh, no, no, ... it is not to hurt anybody, -- more like a light tap. I guess it is considered something sacred, and if it touches your head, you are supposed to offer puja or something like that. It was in Puri.
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Oops, I misunderstood. In that case they are certainly more like touts.
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Time for a break, first thing i thought of when hearing Panda was this . After reading what was posted about them i guess it's one more class of people who try to separate you from your rupees. Just hit the ignore button.
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It's related to pandit (scholar, teacher) I believe; more commonly rendered as pundit (a learned person or critic) in English, a common word in it which is derived from it.

See also
http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?...earchmode=none
http://dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/phi...t&display=utf8
http://dsal.uchicago.edu/cgi-bin/phi...t&display=utf8.
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Pandit is a Sanskrit word. My dictionary indicates a non-Sanskrit origin for Panda.
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panda are priest found mostly on popular religious destinations like puri,mathura ,allahabad, vindhyachal ,varanasi ,haridwar ,they guide you to offer religious services .but mostly they are known for asking more money than the deserve . before using there services please ask for there fee and bargain fully .or just ignore them and do it your self.
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Pandas are a particular species belonging to human race that will first convince you that your life is worthless if you don’t perform certain ceremonies, and once you do those, you realise that you are literally worthless after leaving the place, barring cloths etc (if left).
If you find my posts confrontationist, please bear, I am an old frustrated guy who has nothing better to do than sit on rocking chair and curse the world whole day
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