Question on bhRgus

Dominique.Thillaud thillaud at UNICE.FR
Thu Nov 6 09:41:33 UTC 1997

At 7:59 +0100 6/11/97, Sudalaimuthu Palaniappan wrote:
>In the Buddhist texts, the term "bhaggava" is used to denote "potters".
>Pali-English Dictionary gives the Sanskrit equivalent as "bhArgava" derived
>from "bhRgu". Apparently, the Sanskrit form in this meaning occurs in MBh.
>1.190.47; Saddhp. 191 sq.,  and MVastu III.347. Obviously the MBh reference
>is not from the critical edition. Are there other references where bhArgavas
>are linked to potters? Thanks in advance.
>S. Palaniappan

        The MMW gives the meaning potter in MBh to be in a scholia of
nIlakaNTha. But bhArgava is a frequent name in Adiparvan. At the end of it
(who seems match with your ref in K or B ed.) you find it in (critical ed.,
Tok. file):
        1-169-14, 1-170-9, 1-182-1, 1-183-2, 1-184-1, 1-184-2, 1-185-6
and, in same environment, kumbhakAra at 1-176-6

        I hope this can help you, but a rapid overview of this passages in
the hard Poona don't gave me anything.


Dominique THILLAUD
Universite' de Nice Sophia-Antipolis, France

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