and moral lustre.
OM: The first sound symbol.
PADMASANA: One of the sitting poses in practising Yoga.
PADMAVATI: Consort of Lord Venkateswara at Tirupati.
PAKSHA: Lunar fortnight.
PAKSHI TEERTHA: A shrine in Chingleput District where two kites appear
at midday for partaking food offered to them at the temple.
PANCHAKSHARA MANTRA: The five-lettered hymn 'Namasivaya'.
PANGUNI: Tamil month approximating to 16th March-15th April.
PAPANASAM: A place in Tirunelveli District considered sacred. A hydro electric scheme
also exists there at present.
PAPAINASANA: Removing all sins.
PARTHASARATHY: Charioteer of Arjuna; name of Lord Krishna in Triplicane.
PARVATI: Consort of Lord Siva.
PASUPATA ASTRA: A powerful weapon of Lord Siva.
PATANJALI: The name of the sage who wrote Yogasutra.
PATTESWARAM: Temple of Goddess, Parvati near Tanjore.
PATTINATHAR: A Saivite saint.
PERUMAL: Originally Vishnu; also applied to other gods.
PEYALWAR: One of the Vaishnavite saints.
POIGAI: Pond; tank.
POIGAI ALWAR: One of the Vaishnavite saints.
PRAHLADA: Son of Hiranyakasipu.
PRAKARAM: Wide corridors surrounding the sanctum sanctorum of a shrine; also enclosure
walls of a temple.
PRAKRITI: Nature; creation; the action principle in contrast to Purusha, the driving
PRALAYA: Deluge at the end of a Yuga.
PRANAYAMA: Method of breath control.
PRITHVI LINGAM: The earth lingam.
PUJA: Worshipping God chanting mantra".
PURANA: Mythological and legendary lores, of which there are 18.
PURATTASI: Tan-dl month approximating to 16th September-15th October.
PURNIMA: Full-moon day.
PURUSHA: The male element (motive power) of creation.
PUSHKARANI: Sacred tank in a temple.
PUTRAKATVIESHTIYAGAM: Sacrifice conducted to beget a child.