In Aṣṭottarasahasranāmastotra (Ashtottarasahasranamastotra) of Śiva-Mahādeva (Shiva-Mahadeva), we find that the word ‘anala‘ appears thrice in all as an appellation for Mahādeva. The word ‘ala‘ means abundance. One whose great appetite or flame of consumption is eternally insatiable—it is in this sense that the term ‘anala‘ carries the connotation of agni or fire. Mahādeva has been thought to be one and the same as Agni many a times. Therefore, Mahādeva, a form of Agni, is also renowned as Anala—
analo nāsti alaṃ pūrttiryasya bhuñjānasya so’nalogniḥ.