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 Kanhadinna to 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.i.49).
3. Bhāradvāja Thera. He was the eldest of a clan of Bhāradvājas living in Rājagaha and his wife was a Dhana˝jāni 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.; M.ii.197f).
Bhāradvāja later became the Buddha's follower (D.i.252; SN., p. 123). The Agga˝˝a 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 Agga˝˝a 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 Dhana˝jāni 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 clan.
The purohita Sucīrata, of Dhana˝jaya Koravya (in the Sambhava Jataka), 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 Kammāssadhamma. The 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.