The Bodhisatta, son of Okkāka, king of Kusāvatī and of his queen Sīlavatī. Okkāka has no heir, in spite of performing various rites. However, at length, by the favour of Sakka, Sīlavatī miraculously gives birth to two sons. The elder, though ill-
Pleased at Kusa’s victory, Sakka gives him a jewel called the Verocanamaṇi. It was octagonal, and was evidently handed down in the succession of kings, for we are told that one of the tests, set by Videha, king of Mithilā, to discover the proficiency of Mahosadha, was for him to break the old thread in this gem, remove it, and insert a new one. (J.vi.340; according to SA.i.115 and DA.iii.266, the jewel was also in the possession of Pasenadi; but see the Mahāsāra Jātaka, where no mention is made of Kusa).
Reference is made elsewhere (e.g., MT.552) to a fan (tālavanta) possessed by Kusa, in which could be seen the forms of all things in the world. He also possessed the lute (Kokanada-
Kusa is called Sīhassara, and his shout, when he appeared before the seven kings, announcing his name, was one of the four shouts heard throughout Jambudīpa (SNA.i.223; SA.i.248).
The Dīpavaṃsa (iii.40) speaks of Kusa and Mahākusa, both descended from Mahāsammata.