An elephant famous in Purāṇas (Purana). He was fathered by the great elephant Airāvata (Airavata) to Abhramū (Abhramu) and lived in the netherworld (pātāla; patala). He was born in the lineage of another famous elephant Supratīka (Supratik). Rāmāyaṇa (Ramayana) categorises him as one of the dighastī (dighasti). [See Dighastī]
In the battle of Kurukṣetra (Kurukshetra) he was one of the followers of Ghaṭotkaca (Ghatotkacha). In some Purāṇas he has been described as the steed of Yama. The name of his daughter was Añjanā (Anjanaa). During the battle of Kurukṣetra Sātyaki (Satyaki), while battling Jayadratha, identified a company of war-elephants to Yudhiṣṭhira (Yudhishthira) to be known as añjanaka (anjanaka; literally meaning ‘originated from Añjana’, in more modern sense ‘elephants of the Añjana breed’) — yadetat kuñjarānīkaṃ… kulamañjanakaṃ nāma. Sātyaki informed that Arjuna had received those star elephants as a gift from the Kirāta (Kirata) people on his grand excursion of conquest. Yudhiṣṭhira later lost those famed, musth-secreting elephants to Duryodhana when he lost the game of dice. Regretfully Sātyaki exclaimed that now Arjuna would have to fight his own elephants, whose exceptional inherent quality was augmented by the superb training in the hand of the Kirāta trainers. Those elephants (all bulls), adorned with golden armours, used to discharge the fluid of musth continuously. According to Vāyupurāṇa (Vayupurana), along with his family Añjana the elephant used to reside in a jungle somewhere between the sea and the rivers Kauśikī (Kaushiki) and Gaṅgā (Ganga).