A monk whose Theragāthā verses speak of the heroic roar of the conquerors. Thag.177–178


He was the eldest of a clan of Bhāradvājas living in Rājagaha and his wife was a Dhanañjāni 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. SN.i.160f. several of his brothers following his example.


A young brahmin, pupil of Tārukkha. A discussion between him and Vāseṭṭha led to the preaching of the Tevijja Sutta, DN.i.235 and also the Vāseṭṭha Sutta. Snp.p.115ff. MN.ii.197f.

Bhāradvāja later became the Buddha’s follower.DN.i.252 Snp.p.123 The Aggañña Sutta was preached to him and to Vāseṭṭha when they were undergoing the probationary period prior to their becoming fully ordained monks. DN.iii.80


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 brahmince and later became an arahant. His brothers Akkosaka Bhāradvāja, Asurindaka Bhāradvāja, Bilaṅgika Bhāradvāja and Saṅgārava Bhāradvāja, followed him. SN.i.160ff.

Several other Bhāradvājas living in Sāvatthī visited the Buddha there, and joined the Order and became arahants; viz., Ahiṃsaka Bhāradvāja, Jaṭā Bhāradvāja and Suddhika Bhāradvāja; Aggika Bhāradvāja joined the Order at Veḷuvana, Sundarika Bhāradvāja on the banks of the Sundarikā, and Bahudhītīka Bhāradvāja in a forest tract in Kosala. Kasi Bhāradvāja, Kaṭṭhahāra Bhāradvāja and Navakammika Bhāradvāja became lay disciples.

The Elder Piṇḍola also belonged to the Bhāradvājagotta; so did Kāpathika. MN.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 mantras of the brāhmanas. DN.i.242 MN.ii.169 MN.ii.200 AN.iii.224 AN.iv.61

In a Vinaya passage Vin.iv.6 the Bhāradvājagotta is mentioned together with the Kosiya as a low clan.


A brahmin of the Bhāradvāja gotta living at Kammāssadhamma. The Buddha once stayed there and slept on a mat in his fire hut, and there he met the wanderer Māgaṇḍiya. MN.i.501ff.


A yakkha chief to whom disciples of the Buddha should make appeal in time of need. DN.iii.204


A Pacceka Buddha. MN.iii.70


A brahmin of Rājagaha who—incensed that his eldest brother, a member of the Bhāradvāja clan had been converted by the Buddha—visits the Buddha and insults him.

Later he is himself converted and becomes an arahant. SN.i.161f.