Alaka, aka: Āḷaka, Alakā; 11 Definition(s)
Alaka means something in Buddhism, Pali, Hinduism, Sanskrit, Marathi. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.
The Sanskrit term Āḷaka can be transliterated into English as Alaka or Aliaka, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Purana and Itihasa (epic history)
Alakā (अलका) refers to the “capital of Kubera”, as mentioned in the Śivapurāṇa 2.1.18.—“[...] with this act of piety alone, as long as he lived, the king Dama acquired ample prosperity. Finally he passed away. The impression of lamps persisted in his mind. He caused many lamps to be lighted. Finally he became the lord of Alakā with gem-set lamps (ratnadīpa) to his credit. Thus even the smallest service rendered to Śiva bears rich fruit in time. Let all persons seeking happiness realise this and continue the worship of Śiva”.
Note: Alakā is the capital of Kubera, the chief of the Yakṣas and Guhyakas. It is also called Prabhā, Vasudharā and Vasusthalī and is fabled to be situated on a peak of the Himālayas, inhabited also by Śiva.Source: archive.org: Siva Purana - English Translation
Alakā (अलका).—The city of Kubera.Source: archive.org: Puranic Encyclopaedia
1) Alaka (अलक).—A Śrutaṛṣi.*
- * Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 33. 4.
- 1) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa II. 18. 2; III. 7. 163; Vāyu-purāṇa 47. 1; Bhāgavata-purāṇa IV. 6. 23.
- 2) Vāyu-purāṇa 91. 6; Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 66. 6; Viṣṇu-purāṇa IV. 6. 48.
- 3) Brahmāṇḍa-purāṇa III. 41. 18-23.
The Purana (पुराण, purāṇas) refers to Sanskrit literature preserving ancient India’s vast cultural history, including historical legends, religious ceremonies, various arts and sciences. The eighteen mahapuranas total over 400,000 shlokas (metrical couplets) and date to at least several centuries BCE.
Katha (narrative stories)
Alakā (अलका) is the name of a kingdom that was conquered by Udayana (king of Vatsa) during his campaign to obtain sovereignty over the whole earth, according to the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 19. Accordingly, “Then he went to Alakā, distinguished by the presence of Kuvera, displaying its beauties before him—that is to say, to the quarter made lovely by the smile of Kailāsa—and having subdued the King of Sindh, at the head of his cavalry he destroyed the Mlecchas as Rāma destroyed the Rākṣasas at the head of the army of monkeys”.
Alakā (अलका) as situated in the country Niṣadha, is also mentioned in the Kathāsaritsāgara, chapter 101. Accordingly, as Muni Kaṇva said to Mṛgāṅkadatta in his hermitage: “... there is a country named Niṣadha, that adorns the face of the northern quarter; in it there was of old a city of the name of Alakā. In this city the people were always happy in abundance of all things, and the only things that never enjoyed repose were the jewel-lamps”.
The Kathāsaritsāgara (‘ocean of streams of story’), mentioning Alakā, is a famous Sanskrit epic story revolving around prince Naravāhanadatta and his quest to become the emperor of the vidyādharas (celestial beings). The work is said to have been an adaptation of Guṇāḍhya’s Bṛhatkathā consisting of 100,000 verses, which in turn is part of a larger work containing 700,000 verses.Source: Wisdom Library: Kathāsaritsāgara
Katha (कथा, kathā) refers to narrative Sanskrit literature often inspired from epic legendry (itihasa) and poetry (mahākāvya). Some Kathas reflect socio-political instructions for the King while others remind the reader of important historical event and exploits of the Gods, Heroes and Sages.
Theravada (major branch of Buddhism)
1. Alaka - A country on the banks of the Godhavari River. It was at a spot between the territories of the Alaka and the Assaka kings that Bavari lived (Sn.977). To the north of Alaka was Patitthana. Sn.1011.
2. Alaka - An Andhaka king of the Alaka country. See Alaka (1). SnA.ii.580-1.
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The town of the god Kubera (Cv.lxxiv.207; lxxx.5), evidently another name for Alakamanda.Source: Pali Kanon: Pali Proper Names
Theravāda is a major branch of Buddhism having the the Pali canon (tipitaka) as their canonical literature, which includes the vinaya-pitaka (monastic rules), the sutta-pitaka (Buddhist sermons) and the abhidhamma-pitaka (philosophy and psychology).
Languages of India and abroad
Āḷaka, (or °ā f.) (Dimin of aḷa (?) or of ārā 1 (?). See Morris J.P.T.S. 1886, 158) — 1. a thorn, sting, dart, spike, used either as arrow-straightener Miln.418; DhA.I, 288; or (perhaps also for piece of bone, fishbone) in making up a comb VvA.349 (°sandhāpana = comb; how Hardy got the meaning of “alum” in Ind. to VvA.is incomprehensible). — 2 a peg, spike, stake or post (to tie an elephant to, cp. ālāna). Cp. II.13. (Page 110)Source: Sutta: The Pali Text Society's Pali-English Dictionary
Pali is the language of the Tipiṭaka, which is the sacred canon of Theravāda Buddhism and contains much of the Buddha’s speech. Closeley related to Sanskrit, both languages are used interchangeably between religions.
aḷakā (अळका).—a (āḷa) Mad after; longing or hankering after; set eagerly and vehemently upon. Ex. bhukēcā a0 Ravenous after food; jhōpēcā a0 Ever drowsy; sleepy headed.Source: DDSA: The Molesworth Marathi and English Dictionary
alaka (अलक).—m A hair, a lock of hair.Source: DDSA: The Aryabhusan school dictionary, Marathi-English
Marathi is an Indo-European language having over 70 million native speakers people in (predominantly) Maharashtra India. Marathi, like many other Indo-Aryan languages, evolved from early forms of Prakrit, which itself is a subset of Sanskrit, one of the most ancient languages of the world.
Alaka (अलक).—[ala-kvun, alati bhūṣayati mukham]
1) A curl lock of hair, hair in general; ललाटिकाचन्दनधूसरालका (lalāṭikācandanadhūsarālakā) Ku.5. 55; अस्पृष्टालकवेष्टनौ (aspṛṣṭālakaveṣṭanau) R.1,42;4.54; अलकभङ्गतां गतः (alakabhaṅgatāṃ gataḥ) K.4; अलके बालकुन्दानुविद्धम् (alake bālakundānuviddham) Me.67 (the word is n. also, as appears from a quotation of Malli. : svabhāvavakrāṇyalakāni tāsām).
2) Curls on the fore-head; ...अलकः पुरोलम्बनकुन्तले (alakaḥ purolambanakuntale) Nm.
3) Saffron besmeared on the body.
4) mad dog (for alarka).
-kā A girl from eight to ten years of age.
2) Name of the capital of Kubera (situated on a peak of the Himālaya above the peak of Meru, inhabited also by Śiva), and of the lord of the Yakśas; अलकामतिवाह्यैव (alakāmativāhyaiva) Ku.6.37; विभाति यस्यां ललितालकायां मनोहरा वैश्रवणस्य लक्ष्मीः (vibhāti yasyāṃ lalitālakāyāṃ manoharā vaiśravaṇasya lakṣmīḥ) Bv.2.1; गन्तव्या ते वसतिरलका नाम यक्षेश्वराणाम् (gantavyā te vasatiralakā nāma yakṣeśvarāṇām) Me.7.
Derivable forms: alakaḥ (अलकः).Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
Alaka (अलक).—n. of a yakṣa (probably really a generic name, an inhabitant of Alakā or °kā-pura, q.v.; pl. so used in Sanskrit): Māy 103.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Edgerton Buddhist Hybrid Sanskrit Dictionary
(-kaḥ-kaṃ) A curl. m.
(-kaḥ) A mad dog. See alarka f.
(-kā) 1. Alaka, the capital of Kuvera. 2. A young girl from eight to ten years of age. E. ala to adorn, &c. vun affix, and fem. ṭāp.Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Shabda-Sagara Sanskrit-English Dictionary
Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.
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The Devi Bhagavata Purana (by Swami Vijñanananda)
Chapter 12 - On the description of Maṇi Dvīpa < [Book 12]
The Shiva Purana (by J. L. Shastri)
Chapter 19 - The friendship of Śiva and Kubera < [Section 2.1 - Rudra-saṃhitā (1): Sṛśṭi-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 40 - Journey to Kailāsa and the vision of Śiva < [Section 2.2 - Rudra-saṃhitā (2): Satī-khaṇḍa]
Chapter 20 - Śiva goes to Kailāsa < [Section 2.1 - Rudra-saṃhitā (1): Sṛśṭi-khaṇḍa]
Brihad Bhagavatamrita (by Śrīla Sanātana Gosvāmī)
Verse 2.6.57 < [Chapter 6 - Abhīṣṭa-lābha: The Attainment of All Desires]
Verse 2.7.29 < [Chapter 7 - Jagad-ānanda: The Bliss of the Worlds]
Kathasaritsagara (the Ocean of Story) (by Somadeva)
Chapter CI < [Book XII - Śaśāṅkavatī]
Chapter XCII < [Book XII - Śaśāṅkavatī]
Chapter XIX < [Book III - Lāvānaka]
Sri Bhakti-rasamrta-sindhu (by Śrīla Rūpa Gosvāmī)
Verse 3.4.26 < [Part 4 - Parenthood (vātsalya-rasa)]
Verse 3.4.3 < [Part 4 - Parenthood (vātsalya-rasa)]
Trishashti Shalaka Purusha Caritra (by Helen M. Johnson)
Part 3: Rejoicing at the Arhat’s conception < [Chapter II - Birth of Ajita and Sagara]
Part 4: Her parents (king Kumbha and queen Prabhāvatī) < [Chapter VI - Śrī Mallināthacaritra]
Part 3: Kunthu’s parents (king Śūra and queen Śrī) < [Chapter I - Śrī Kunthusvāmicaritra]