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Phusatī

Daughter of the Madda king and chief queen of the Sivi king Sañjaya and mother of Vessantara.

She had been Sudhammā, daughter of Kikī, and was born in Tāvatiṃsa because of an offering of sandalwood made by her to Vipassī Buddha. When she left Tāvatiṃsa, Sakka gave her ten boons:

  1. to be chief queen,
  2. to have dark eyes,
  3. dark eyebrows,
  4. to be named Phusatī,
  5. to have a son,
  6. to keep a slim figure,
  7. to have firm breasts,
  8. hair always dark,
  9. to have soft skin, and
  10. to save the condemned.

She was called Phusatī because on the day of her birth her body smelt of sandalwood. She was a previous birth of Mahāmāyā. J.iv.480 ff., 593; Cyp.i.9.

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