1. Bhaggava. A teacher to whom the Buddha went after leaving
Rājagaha, and before seeking
Uddaka. ThigA., p. 2.
2. Bhaggava. Father of Angulimāla
and chaplain of the king of Kosala. Bhaggava was a brahmin. Thag.A.ii.57.
3. Bhaggava. A potter in
Rājagaha in whose dwelling the Buddha met and conversed with
Bhaggava seems to have been a generic name for all potters, perhaps a special
form of address used towards members of the kumbhakāra "caste." Thus we find in
the books several instances of potters being addressed as "Bhaggava". E.g.,
DhA.i.33; J. ii.80, iii.382. At J. 111.382 the potter's wife is addressed as "Bhaggavī."
In the Samyutta Nikāya (S.i.36, 60) the Buddha addresses Ghatīkāra Brahmā as
"Bhaggava"; he had been a potter of Vehalinga in his previous birth and the name
"Ghatīkāra" itself means "jar maker." The Commentaries give no explanation of
the word; perhaps the potters claimed their descent from Bhrgu.
Bhaggava is sometimes given as an example of a gotta. E.g., Sp.i.160 (with
See also Bhaggavagotta.