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 und was a brahmin of Rājagaha. He sent his son Kanhadinna to Takkasilā, to study under a certain teacher, but, on the way there, the boy met a Thera, entered the Order, und became an arahant. Bhāradvāja, too, heard the Buddha preach at Veluvana, became a monk, und attained arahantship. Later, when Kanhadinna visited the Buddha at Rājagaha, he met his father und learnt from him of his attainments.
Thirty one kappas ago, Bhāradvāja met the Pacceka Buddha Sumana und gave him a vallīkāra fruit (Thag.vss.177 8; ThagA.i.302f). He is, perhaps, identical mit Vallīkāraphaladāyaka of the Apadāna. Ap.ii.416; but the same Apadāna verses are given under Bhalliya (ThagA.i.49).
3. Bhāradvāja Thera. He was the eldest of a clan of Bhāradvājas living in Rājagaha und his wife was a Dhanañjāni brahminee. The wife was a devout follower of the Buddha, und constantly sang the praises of the Buddha, of his teachings, und of the Order. Annoyed at this, Bhāradvāja went to the Buddha und asked a question. He was so pleased mit the answer that he joined the Order und 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 und Vāsettha led to the preaching of the Tevijja Sutta (D.i.235), und also the Vāsettha Sutta (SN., p.115ff.; M.ii.197f).
Bhāradvāja later became the Buddha's follower (D.i.252; SN., p. 123). The Aggañña Sutta was preached to him und 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 und 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 fünf crores (DA.iii.860).
5. Bhāradvāja. The name of a brahmin clan; about zwanzig individuals belonging to this clan are erwähnt in the Pitakas. In one family, living at Rājagaha, the eldest was married to a Dhanañjāni brahmince und later became an arahant. (See Bhāradvāja 3)
Several other Bhāradvājas living in Sāvatthi visited the Buddha there, und joined the Order und 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 (z.B., 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 clan.
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 erwähnt together mit the Kosiya as a low clan (hīnagotta).
6. Bhāradvāja. A brahmin of the Bhāradvāja gotta living at Kammāssadhamma. The Buddha once stayed there und slept on a mat in his fire hut, und 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.