A city in the kingdom of the Mallas. In
the present age it was called Kusinārā. Once it was the royal city of Mahā-Sudassana
and was twelve leagues in length and twelve in breadth, prosperous and full of
people, like Ālakamandā (D.ii.146f; J. i.392; Cyp.i.4; Dvy.227). It was then at
the head of eighty-four Towns (S.iii.144).
The Mahā-Sudassana Sutta (D.ii.170f )
contains a long description of the city. It was the capital of several kings of
the Mahāsammata dynasty (Mhv.ii.7; Dpv. iii.9), including
Okkāka, father of Kusa
In the time of the Buddha Metteya,
Kusāvatī will be known as Ketumatī (Anāgat.v.18).