1. Bhāradvāja. One of the two chief disciples of
Kassapa Buddha. J. i.43; Bu.xxv.39; SnA.i.293.
2. Bhāradvāja Thera. He belonged to the Bhāradvājagotta and was
a brahmin of Rājagaha. He sent his son
Takkasilā, to study under a certain teacher,
but, on the way there, the boy met a Thera, entered the Order, and became an
arahant. Bhāradvāja, too, heard the Buddha preach at
Veluvana, became a monk, and attained
arahantship. Later, when Kanhadinna visited the Buddha at Rājagaha, he met his
father and learnt from him of his attainments.
Thirty one kappas ago, Bhāradvāja met the Pacceka Buddha Sumana and gave him
a vallīkāra fruit (Thag.vss.177 8; ThagA.i.302f). He is, perhaps, identical with
Vallīkāraphaladāyaka of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.416; but the same Apadāna verses are
given under Bhalliya (ThagA.ii.49).
3. Bhāradvāja Thera. He was the eldest of a clan of Bhāradvājas living
in Rājagaha and his wife was a
brahminee. The wife was a devout follower of the Buddha, and constantly sang the
praises of the Buddha, of his teachings, and of the Order. Annoyed at this,
Bhāradvāja went to the Buddha and asked a question. He was so pleased with the
answer that he joined the Order and not long after became an arahant (S.i.160f),
several of his brothers following his example. (See Bhāradvāja 5)
4. Bhāradvāja. A young brahmin, pupil of
Tārukkha. A discussion between him and
Vāsettha led to the preaching of the
Tevijja Sutta (D.i.235), and also the
Vāsettha Sutta (Sn., p.115ff.;
Bhāradvāja later became the Buddha's follower (D.i.252; Sn., p. 123). The
Aggañña Sutta was preached to him and to
Vāsettha when they were undergoing the probationary period prior to their
becoming fully ordained monks (D.iii.80).
Buddhaghosa says (DA.iii.860) that they accepted the Buddha as their teacher
at the conclusion of the Vāsettha Sutta and entered the Order at the end of the
Tevijja Sutta. Later, while meditating on the teachings of the Aggañña Sutta,
they became arahants (DA.iii.872). According to Buddhaghosa, Bhāradvāja belonged
to a noble family worth forty five crores (DA.iii.860).
5. Bhāradvāja. The name of a brahmin
clan; about twenty individuals belonging to this clan are
mentioned in the Pitakas. In one family, living at
Rājagaha, the eldest was married to a Dhanañjāni brahminee and later became
an arahant. (See Bhāradvāja 3)
Several other Bhāradvājas living in Sāvatthi visited the Buddha there, and
joined the Order and became arahants; viz.,
The Elder Pindola also belonged to the
Bhāradvājagotta; so did Kāpathika (M.ii.169f). The gotta was evidently
considered to be very ancient. Mention is made in the books of a Bhāradvāja is
among the authors of the runes of the brāhmanas (E.g., D.i.242; M.ii.169, 200;
A.iii.224; iv.61, etc.).
The Kālingabodhi Jātaka speaks
of a Kālingabhāradvāja brahmin, while the brahmin carpenter in the
Phandana Jātaka belongs to the same
The purohita Sucīrata, of Dhanañjaya Koravya (in the
Sambhava Jātaka), is a Bhāradvāja, as
is also Jūjaka of the Vessantara Jātaka.
In a Vinaya passage (Vin.iv.6; but see DA.iii.860) the Bhāradvājagotta is
mentioned together with the Kosiya as a low clan (hīnagotta).
6. Bhāradvāja. A brahmin of the Bhāradvāja gotta living at
Buddha once stayed there and slept on a mat in his fire hut, and there he
met the Paribbājaka Māgandiya. M.i.501ff.
7. Bhāradvāja. A yakkha chief to whom disciples of the Buddha should
make appeal in time of need. D.iii.204.
8. Bhāradvāja. A Pacceka Buddha. M.iii.70.