1. placed in front, i.e. foremost or at the top, in phrase devā Inda-purohitā the gods with Inda at their head Ja.vi.127 (= Indaṃ pure-cārikaṃ katvā C.).
  2. the king’s headpriest (brahmanic), or domestic chaplain, acting at the same time as a sort of Prime Minister DN.i.138; Ja.i.210 Ja.v.127 (his wife as brāhmaṇī); Pp.56 (brāhmaṇa p.) Mil.241, Mil.343 (dhamma-nagare p.); Pv-a.74.

purah + pp. of dhā, ch. Vedic purohita