A king, named Magadha, once reigned in Rājagaha. His son married a rich merchant’s daughter, but she, because she was barren, lost favour. Thereupon she pretended to be with child, and when her time drew near, she journeyed to her home with an old nurse who was in the secret. On the way she found a child deserted by its mother, and, greatly rejoicing, she claimed it as her own. The child was the Bodhisatta and was called Nigrodha. His father found for him two companions: Sākha, son of a merchant, and Pottika, son of a tailor.
These three grew up together and were educated in Takkasilā. In the course of their travels, while his companions lay sleeping, Pottika heard a cock say that whoever ate its fat would become king, the flesh of its body commander-
The story was related in reference to Devadatta’s ingratitude. Sākha is identified with Devadatta and Pottika with Ānanda. J.iv.37 ﬀ.