Bhaggava: 3 definitions


Bhaggava means something in Buddhism, Pali, Jainism, Prakrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Buddhism

Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)

Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names

1. Bhaggava. A teacher to whom the Buddha went after leaving Rajagaha, and before seeking Alara and Uddaka. ThigA., p. 2.

2. Bhaggava. Father of Angulimala and chaplain of the king of Kosala. Bhaggava was a brahmin. Thag.A.ii.57.

3. Bhaggava. A potter in Rajagaha in whose dwelling the Buddha met and conversed with Pukkusati (M.iii.237).

Bhaggava seems to have been a generic name for all potters, perhaps a special form of address used towards members of the kumbhakara 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 potters wife is addressed as Bhaggavi.

In the Samyutta Nikaya (S.i.36, 60) the Buddha addresses Ghatikara Brahma as Bhaggava; he had been a potter of Vehalinga in his previous birth and the name Ghatikara 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 Gotama).

See also Bhaggavagotta.

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Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).

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Languages of India and abroad

Pali-English dictionary

[«previous next»] — Bhaggava in Pali glossary
Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary

Bhaggava, (cp. Sk. *bhārgava, a der. fr. bhṛgu, & bhargaḥ, of same root as Lat. fulgur lightning; Gr. flόc light; Ger. blitzen, blank; Ags. blanca white horse, all of the idea of “shining, bright, radiant.” — How the meaning “potter” is connected with this meaning, is still a problem, perhaps we have to take the word merely as an Epithet at the one passage where it occurs, which happens to be in the Kumbhakāra-jātaka, v. 6, 7. i.e. the “Jātaka of the potter”) potter (?) J. III, 381, 382, in Voc. bhaggava (m.) & bhaggavī (f.). The terms are not explained in C. , evidently because somewhat obscure. According to Kern, Toev. s. v. the Sk. form in this meaning occurs at MBh. I. 190, 47; Saddhp. 191 sq. , MVastu III, 347. (Page 496)

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Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.

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Prakrit-English dictionary

Source: DDSA: Paia-sadda-mahannavo; a comprehensive Prakrit Hindi dictionary

Bhaggava (भग्गव) in the Prakrit language is related to the Sanskrit word: Bhārgava.

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Prakrit is an ancient language closely associated with both Pali and Sanskrit. Jain literature is often composed in this language or sub-dialects, such as the Agamas and their commentaries which are written in Ardhamagadhi and Maharashtri Prakrit. The earliest extant texts can be dated to as early as the 4th century BCE although core portions might be older.

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