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pakhavāja (पखवाज) – (pakhawāj, pakhāoyāja, pakhāvaja) (paka + vādyam = “side instrument”); the barrel drum with a deep low pitched sound used in old classical, haveli, dhamāra, and dhrupada music


pakaḍa (पकड़) – (pakkad) see svarūpa


pakoḍā (पकोड़) – (pakorā) fried chips made from vegetables dipped in chick-pea flour


pańca bhūta (पञ्च भूत) – the five material elements; earth, fire, wind, water, ether


Pańca-Tattva (पञ्च तत्त्व) – Lord Caitanya and His associates


Pańcajaya (पञ्चजन्य) – the conchshell of Lord Kṛṣṇa


ńcāla (पाञ्चाल) – the kingdom where Drupada ruled


ńcālī (पाञ्चाल) – Draupadī


pańcama (पञ्चम) – the fifth note in the musical scale


Pańcavaṭī (पञ्चवट) – the forest


Pāṇḍu (पाण्ड) – the second oldest son of Vicitravīrya, son of Ambālikā, husband of Kuntī and Mādrī, and father of the five Pāṇḍavas; king of Hastinapura until an accident occurred followed by his untimely death


Pāṇḍava (पाण्डव) – the five sons of Pāṇḍu; Yudhiṣṭhira, Bhīma, and Arjuna through Kuntī, Nakula and Sahadeva (through Mādrī)


pańga (pung) (पङ्ग) – a Manipuri version of the khol with a lower pitched sound


pāpa (पाप) – sin


Pāpa-puruṣa (पाप पुरुष) – the embodiment of sins created by Lord Viṣṇu who hides in all grain products on Ekādasī days


parabrahman (परब्रह्मन) – the Supreme Lord, who is superior than His impersonal aspect of Brahman


paramātmā (परमात्म) – the local aspect of the Supreme Lord as the indwelling witness and guide; the Supersoul in each living entity


paramparā (परम्पर) – succession of disciples


Parāśara Muni (पराशर मुनि) – the father of Vyāsadeva and the original narrator of the Viṣṇu Pūrāṇa


Paraśurāma (परशुराम) – Lord Kṛṣṇa’s form as a brāhmaṇa to destroy the demoniac administrative class of men twenty-one times before retiring


pari (परि) – fairy


pārijāta (पारिजात) – (Nyctanthes arbor-tristis) a tree mentioned in the Vedic scriptures


Parīkṣit Mahārāja (परीक्षित महाराज) – the grandson of Arjuna and the ruler of the Kuru nation at the onset of Kaliyuga, who got liberation by listening to the Srīmad Bhāgavatam for seven days before his foreseen death


Pārtha (पार्थ) – the son of Pṛthā (Kuntī); Arjuna


Pārvatī (पार्वत) – the eternal consort of Lord Siva


pātāla (पाताल) – one of the hellish planets


Patańjalī (पतञ्जल) – the author of the original yoga system


pati (पति) – 1) leader 2) husband


patnī (पत्न) – wife


prabhu (प्रभ) – master, lord


Pradyumna (प्रद्युम्न) – 1) an expansion of the Lord who took form as Bharata during Lord Rāma’s pastimes 2) the son of Rukmiṇī and Kṛṣṇa (NOTE: Pradyumna of Krsna lila and the expansion Pradyumna are not the same)


Prahasta (प्रहस्त) – one of Rāvaṇa’s sons


Prahlāda Mahārāja (प्रह्लाद महाराज) – the son of Hiraṇyakaśipu who was a great devotee and was protected by Lord Nṛsiḿha


prakāśa (प्रकाश) – light


Prakāśānanda Sarasvatī (प्रकाशानन्द सरस्वत) – an impersonalist sannyasī who, after being defeated by Lord Caitanya, became his disciple along with all of his followers


prakṛtī (प्रकृत) – energy or nature


prāṇa (प्राण) – life


prāṇāma (प्रणाम) – obeisances; respects


prāṇāyama (प्राणायम) – breath control as a means of advancement of yoga


prasāda (प्रसाद) – (prasādam) 1) lit. “mercy” 2) anything offered to the Lord, and then consumed after His use; commonly remnants of the food offered to the Lord


Prativindhya (प्रतिविन्ध्य) – son of Yudhiṣṭhira and Draupadī


pratyāhāra (प्रत्याहार) – sensory withdrawal as a means of advancement of yoga


prema (प्रेम) – love


Pthā (पृथ) – name of Kuntī


Pthu (पृथ) – a king who was an ideal devotee and taught the ideals of perfect temple service and honoring devotees


Pṛthvī (पृथ्व) – Mother Earth


pūjā (पूज) – deity worship


Purāṇa (पुराण) – lit. “that what is eternally new”; the eighteen historical scriptures supplementing the Vedas


Purī (पुर) – see Jagannātha Puri


puri (पुरि) – 1) fried wheat dough 2) (puddi, purri, puḍi) the head of a classical drum


Purocana (पुरोचन) – the architect who conspired with Sakuni and Duryodhana to build a wax-house for the Pāṇḍavas, so they can be killed by burning the wax house while they are asleep


puruṣa (पुरुष) – “the enjoyer”; the individual soul or Supreme Lord


Puruṣa-avatāra (पुरुष अवतार) – the primary expansions of Viṣu in affect the creation, maintenance, and destruction of the material universes


Puṣkala (पुष्कल) – Bharata’s son


Puṣpaka (पुष्पक) – the great swan aerial car that carried Sītā, Rāma, Lakṣmaṇa, the ape generals, Vibhiṣaṇa, and other devotees to Ayodhyā, originally owned by Kubera but seized by Rāvaṇa


puṣpa (पुष्प) – flowers


puṣpāńjalī (पुष्पाञ्जल) – offering flowers in reverence and devotion


Pūtanā (पूतन) – Kaḿsa’s demonic nurse who was sent to kill Kṛṣṇa during His infant pastimes


UPDATED: July 6, 2009