A city of the gods, mighty, prosperous and full of devas (D.ii.147, 170; Mil.2).
It was one of the chief cities of Uttarakuru, and a royal residence of Kuvera (D.iii.201; Cv.xxxix.5).
It is probably another name for Alakā.
The name is used as a simile to describe cities of great wealth (E.g., Cv.xxxvii.106; lxxxi.3; MT.411; BuA.55).
In the Culla Vagga (Vin.ii.152) the word is used as an adjective (vihārā ālakamandā honti) to mean crowded with people, and Buddhaghosa explains it by saying "ālakamandā ti ekanganā manussābhikinnā."