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Read the epic story linked with Mahabharata and Ganesha's name 'Ekdant'

My Jyotish Expert Updated 10 Sep 2021 07:16 PM IST
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Ganesh Ji was born on the Chaturthi date of Shukla Paksha of Bhado. This day is celebrated as the birth anniversary of Ganesha. Lord Ganesha is also called Ekadanta. The story behind being called Ekadanta is quite interesting.

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Ganapati is worshiped first of all in any worship work. Lord Ganesha is called Gajanan, Ekakshara, Vighnaharta, Ekadanta and many other names.These days the festival of Ganesh Utsav is being celebrated with great pomp. He helped Ved Vyasa in writing the epic Mahabharatha. Let's know the whole story.
Once when Veda Vyasa was meditating in the Himalayas, Lord Brahma asked Veda Vyasa to write the story of Mahabharatha as he had seen the entire story and knew all the characters intimately, he was the best person to write the story. However, Veda Vyasa knew that the Mahabharata was a very complex story. He needed somebody's help to write the story. Brahma then suggested the name of Lord Ganesha.

Lord Ganesha knew that Vyasa was capable of composing the epic at a very fast pace. Thus Veda Vyasa began narrating the story and Ganesha wrote down the story accurately. However, after the duo began writing the story, the 'pen' with which Lord Ganesha broke. However Lord Ganesha did not stop writing, he just broke one of his tusks and completed Mahabharata. That is why he is also known as 'Ekdanta'. Ganesha is also called Ekdanta, Ek meaning one and danta meaning teeth. The story of this is attributed to Parashurama, one of Shiva’s favorite disciples, who came to visit him, he found Ganesha guarding Shiva’s inner apartments. His father being asleep, Ganesha opposed Parshurama’s entry. Parashurama nevertheless tried to urge his way, and the parties came to blows. Ganesha had at first the advantage, seizing Parashurama in his trunk, and giving him a twirl that left him sick and senseless; on recovering, Rama threw his axe at Ganesha, who recognizing it as his father’s weapon (Shiva having given it to Parashurama) received it with all humility upon one of his tusks, which it immediately severed, and hence Ganesha has but one tusk.

Another legend narrates that Ganesha was asked to scribe down the epic of Mahabharata, dictated to him by its author, sage Vyasa. Taking into note the enormity and significance of the task, Ganesha realized the inadequacy of any ordinary ‘pen’ to undertake the task. He thus broke one of his tusks and made a pen out of it. The lesson offered here is that no sacrifice is big enough in the pursuit of knowledge. Yet another ancient Sanskrit drama titled “Shishupalvadha”, presents a different version. Here it is mentioned that Ganesha was deprived of his tusk by the arrogant Ravana (the villain of Ramayana), who removed it forcefully to make ivory earrings for the beauties of Lanka!
Agajaanana Padmaarkam
Gajaananam Aharnisham
Anekadantham Bhaktaanaam
Ekadantam Upaasmahey

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Meaning: I worship day and night that elephant-faced Lord Ganesha who is like the sun to the lotus face of Mother Parvati. Giver of many boons, the single tusked Ganesh, I salute Thee to give me a boon.
Ganesh is also known as Ekadanta, “the lord who has only one tusk”. He has a broken right tusk and is often represented with his right hand holding his broken tusk.
There seem to be multiple stories on why his tusk is broken:

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According to the Padma Purana, once Lord Shiva’s ardent devotee, Parashuram went to meet Him in Kailash. Since Lord Shiva was busy meditating, Lord Ganesha prevented Parashuram from entering the abode. Parshuram is known for his anger in Hindu mythology. So, when Lord Ganesha stopped him at the gate, Parashuram became furious and attacked the Lord with his ax. Seeing the axe, Lord Ganesha recognized it as his father’s axe since it was gifted to Parashuram by Lord Shiva so, Ganesh Ji refrained from blocking the attack of the axe and allowed it to chop off one of his tusks. Thus, Ganesha came to be known as Ekdanta. Later Parashuram realized his fault and asked for forgiveness from Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, and Lord Ganesha.

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