Prabhu means master or the supreme lord in Sanskrit and many of the Indian languages; it is a name sometimes applied to God. The term is also used by male devotees of the Hindu deity Lord Krishna/Vishnu as a title and form of address. If a man sees another male devotee whom he does not know, he will address him as "Prabhu". It is also appended after a devotee's name, for example "Madhava Prabhu". In Indonesia, especially in Javanese and Sundanese culture, the term is used as a part of royal titles, especially to address Kings.
Among Goud Saraswat Brahmins
It is also a common surname among Konkani speaking Saraswat Brahmins across the Konkan Coast in India, from Maharashtra to Kerala. Among the Goud Saraswat Brahmins, feudal lords were called Prabhu. The name is also in use among some Konkani Catholics who trace their ancestry to the Goud Saraswat Brahmins of Goa. According to historian Anant Ramkrishna Sinai Dhume, Prabhu was a title accorded to the representative of the main village of the taluka (district) committee. The Prabhus may have also occupied official posts in the central administration, without prejudice to their original posts which were hereditary. Traditionally, a Prabhu was a landlord and as such a master to the many agricultural labourers that were needed to cultivate his lands.
Prabhu is also a common first name among Tamils in Southern India.
Notable people with the name Prabhu
- Allama Prabhu
- K. N. Prabhu
- Lakshman Prabhu
- Neeraj Prabhu
- Prabhu Chawla
- Prabhu Deva
- Prabhu Ganesan, South Indian actor
- Prabhu Lal Bhatnagar
- R. Prabhu
- Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu
- Vasant K. Prabhu
- Samantha Ruth Prabhu
- Prabu Siliwangi, legendary Sundanese emperor
- Bhakti Yoga Dictionary
- The Master's Glossary
- GSB surnames - GSB Kerala.com
- Sarasvati's Children: A History of the Mangalorean Christians (1999), Alan Machado Prabhu, I.J.A. Publications, p. 137
- The Last Prabhu – A Hunt for Roots: DNA, Ancient documents and migration in Goa (2011), Bernardo Elvino de Sousa, Goa 1556, p. 89
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