2. Bhaggava.– Father of Aṅgulimāla 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 Pukkusāti (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 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 Saṃyuttanikāya (S.i.36, 60) the Buddha addresses Ghaṭīkāra Brahmā as “Bhaggava”; he had been a potter of Vegaliṅga in his previous birth and the name “Ghaṭīkāra” itself means “jar-
Bhaggava is sometimes given as an example of a clan (gotta), e.g., Sp.i.160 (with Gotama).
See also Bhaggavagotta.