Why Lord Ganesha is Known as Ekadanta?

Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati, is the God of wisdom and intellect. Devotees seek His blessings before starting any auspicious event as He is known as the remover of obstacles. He is the elephant-headed God riding a mouse. He is also known as Ekadanta as one of his tusks is broken. There are several stories describing how Lord Ganesha broke one of his tusks. Today, let us seek the benevolent Lord’s blessings by recollecting one such story.

Legend

Lord Vishnu incarnated Himself as Parashurama to teach a lesson to Kshatriyas who, blinded by arrogance, were torturing ordinary people. In order to battle the Kshatriyas, Parashurama worshipped Lord Shiva and obtained Parashu, a powerful axe. After eliminating all the evil kings and princes, Parashurama went to Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva, to pay His respects to the great Lord and Maa Parvati. However, He was stopped at the gates of Mount Kailash by Lord Ganesha who insisted that the great warrior obtain permission from Lord Shiva before entering His abode. Parashurama felt that he did not require any permission as He was a great devotee of Lord Shiva and the Lord welcomed His devotees at all times. When Lord Ganesha stopped Parashurama from entering Kailash, the warrior struck one of Ganesha’s tusks with His axe, Parashu, thereby breaking it. On hearing the commotion, Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati admonished Parashurama who then sought forgiveness and blessings of Lord Ganesha.

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