Ānīkaṭa (Anikata) is one of the localities in the western part of India, as mentioned in Mārkaṇḍeyapurāṇa (Markandeyapurana). However, in the other Purāṇas (Purana; Mythical Scriptures), the place is referred to under different names. In Vāyupurāṇa (Vayupurana) it is named Kālītaka (Kalitaka), in Brāhmāṇḍapurāṇa (Brahmandapurana), the place is called Kuntala, and in Vāmanapurāṇa (Vamanapurana) it is named Tālīkaṭa (Talikata).
In Sabhāparva (Sabhaparva) of Mahābhārata (Mahabharata), the name of Tālākaṭa (Talakata) or Tālīkaṭa (Talitaka) is found in the description of Sahadeva’s expedition for victory. D. C. Sircar, the eminent scholar, considers this Ānīkaṭa or Kālītaka mentioned in the Purāṇas to be identical with the place called Tālikaṭa mentioned in Mahābhārata. Though in the Purāṇas, the place is located in western India, scholars seeks to place this region in Dākṣinātya (dakshinatya) or South India. Sircar is of the opinion that the modern Talakāḍa(Talkada) or Talakāḍu (Talkadu), in Karṇāṭaka(karnataka) was known as Tālīkaṭa in anncient times.