|Archbishop of Diocese of Verapoly (Emeritus)|
|Church||Roman Catholic Church|
|Archdiocese||Diocese of Verapoly|
|See||Diocese of Verapoly|
|Ordination||18 March 1945|
8 September 1918|
|Died||7 August 2011
He had his early schooling in Mount Carmel School and St. Albert's High School, Ernakulam. He completed his pastoral studies at St. Joseph's Pontifical Seminary, Mangalappuzha and obtained his Ph.D. in Hindu Theology on the subject Transformation in dependence of God with special reference to Brihadaranyaka and Chandokya Upanishads and Doctorate in Canon Law from Propaganda College, Rome.
He was ordained a priest on 18 March 1945. Elanjikal was appointed on 16 January 1971 to the Diocese of Vijayapuram and was consecrated bishop on 4 April 1971. Elanjikal was appointed to the Diocese of Verapoly on 26 January 1987. He also served as the President of Kerala Catholic Bishops' Council (KCBC). He retired from active service on 14 June 1996.
Bishop Elanjikal was a prolific writer who had 10 books and more than 500 Christian devotional songs to his credit. He was also known to be well-versed in Hindu Theology and Vedas. His most famous book was Concept of God in Upanishads. He was known to be actively involved in social activities and initiated several welfare programs for the Dalits and the poor living in the coastal areas of central Kerala. He has portrayed his life in his autobiography, Mangaatha Smaranakal (Unfading Memories)