Bharadwaj as Gotra means people who are the descendants of Rishi Bharadwaj. Rishi Bharadwaj was the son of sage Brihaspati. Sage Brihaspati was the son of Rishi Angiras. These 3 rishis are called the traya rishi of the Bharadwaja Gotra.in earlier days. Bharadwaj gotra people are found in
- North India - Kashmir, Himachal Prades (around 60% of brahmins), Punjab (around 45% of brahmins), Haryana (around 40-45% brahmins), Rajastan (around 35% of brahmins). There are Bharadwaj gotra people also in Uttarkhand, Maharastra, Gujarat
- South India - Tamil Nadu: (Among Iyers and Iyengars), Karnataka: Among Smartha and Madhawa Brahmins, Namboodiri Brahmins In Kerala.
Mostly found in the Brahmins who migrated southwards from Kannauj Vaidiki velanadi brahmans in Andhra Pradesh.