Prabhupāda, (alternative spelling: Prabhupada, Prabhupad) (eng)
প্রভুপাদ (ben) is a Bengali word originating from
Sanskrit meaning, an honorary title or, a title used
before or after the name of
Vaishnava religious teachers. Since
Medieval Bengali Literature period "prabhu-pāda" denotes lotus
feet of Śrī Caitanya Mahāprabhu. Its figurative meaning is "one who
has taken shelter at the lotus feet of the Lord" where prabhu
literally means "Lord", and pāda means "taking shelter of." It also
means "he who sits at the master's feet".
Prabhupāda is a joined word by the words 'prabhu' and 'pāda', where
the word prabhu literally means master or lord, God, saint, person
with high spiritual esteem, or leader and the word pāda literally
means feet or leg, root.
E.g. প্রভু (Prabhu) + পাদ (pāda) =
প্রভুপাদ (Prabhupāda) = বৈষ্ণবদের
ধর্মগুরুর নামের আগে
ব্যবহৃত উপাধিবিশেষ (title used
before the name of
Vaishnava Religious Teachers),
^ The Digital South Asia Library, Biswas, Sailendra. Samsada Bangala
abhidhana. 7th ed. Calcutta, Sahitya Samsad, 2004.
^ Bhaktivedanta VedaBase: Śrī Caitanya Caritā