1. Kelāsa.– A mountain range in Himavā. It is one of the five ranges which stand round Anotatta and is of silver colour, two hundred leagues high, bent inwards “like a crow’s beak.” (SNA.ii.437 f; MA.ii.585; UdA.300; AA.ii.759). It is sixty leagues in breadth, and Āḷavaka, on his way to his house, having heard to his great anger that the Buddha was there, placed his left foot on Manosilātala and his right on Kelāsa-
Kelāsa is often used in similes to describe an object that is perfectly white (e.g., J.iv.232; vi.490, 515; the horse Kanthaka, Mbv.26; DhA.i.192; Cv.lxxiii.114), very stately (e.g., an elephant’s head or a big building, J.i.321; v.52, 53; Cv.lxxviii.77), or difficult to destroy (e.g., J.v.39).
In the Mahāvastu (ii.97, 109; see also iii.309, 438), Kailāsa is mentioned as the abode of the Kinnaras.
In Sanskrit mythology, Kailāsa is given as the abode of the gods, chiefly Siva and Kubera. See, e.g., Epic Mythology (passim) and Ved. Ind. s.v. The mountain range has been identified as belonging to the trans-
2. Kelāsa.– A vihāra in Sri Lanka, probably in the district of Malagana. At one time sixty thousand monks dwelt there with Khuddatissa at their head (M.xxxii.53). This is probably not the Kelāsa-