The origin of the name is Gajashilapura, though it can be interpreted as 'hail stone'. The town was founded in about 1603 by Chikka Thimme Gowda of the Sugatur family, the General of Bijapur, after annexing Thimme Gowda's hereditary possessions of Hoskote, granted him Anekal. He there upon erected the fort and temple and constructed a large tank. Diwan of mysore sir mirza Ismail is architect of the town, we can see even till know a main road is named after him as mirza Road that connects Anekal-jigni road and anekal-chandapura road. A small tippu sultan army stationed in this town, the area is named as Bahadurpura, now the area is converted to slum. Once it also took name as "ragi kanaja" of bangalore. Because more no of ragi growing farmers are present.
Anekal is a major town in Bengaluru district. Approximately 32 km from Bangalore Centre and around 15 km from Hosur and Electronics City. It is known for the Karaga and Dasara festivals. It is a growing hub for residence seekers in Bangalore and is perfectly positioned with great infrastructure and facilities. Multiple Industrial areas like Attibele, Sarjapura and Jigani lie in Anekal Taluk and contribute to major economic turnovers. Major MNCs and IT-BT companies like Infosys, Biocon, Wipro, HCL, TCS, Accenture and so on are all part of Anekal Taluq.
Shivanna B. of Congress is the current MLA and he won against A. Narayanaswamy of BJP with a margin of 21.55% margin.