Ānarta was king of the famous Ikṣvāku race, being the grandson of Manu and son of Śaryāti. Sukanyā, the paragon of wifely virtues and wife of the sage Cyavana was his sister. He is said to have built the fortress at the city Kuśasthalī which was later chosen by Kṛṣṇa as his capital under the new name Dvārakā.

Vedārtha, a reputed scholar, was his subject.

The country ruled by Ānarta was also called by the same name.