Alakā

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By Krishna Maheshwari

Sometimes transliterated as: Alaka, AlakA, Alakaa


  1. girl; curl; lock of hair
  2. the city of Kubera and the Yaksas[1]

Alakā or Alakāpurī is the name of the city that Śiva had Viśvakarma built on behalf of Kubera after Rāvaṇa usurped Laṅkā from Kubera. Kuber received this city after he retired to Kailāsa and propitiated Lord Śiva through severe austerities.

References

  • Alakā by Jit Majumdar
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore