Sankashti Chaturthi

Sankashti Chaturthi is celebrated today by millions of devotees. As per the traditional India calendar, Sankashti Chaturthi falls on the 4th day of the waning phase (Krishna Paksha) of every lunar month. Today, let us recollect one more story detailing how Lord Ganesh broke his tusk and came to be known as Ekadanta.

Legend

It is believed that the Devas requested Maharishi Veda Vyasa to compose the Mahabharata. The rishi wanted the most intelligent one in the entire universe to pen down the epic, while he recited it to him. Observing the rishi’s dilemma, Lord Brahma advised him to request Lord Ganesh to write the epic. Lord Ganesh agreed to the request on the condition that Maharishi Veda Vyasa would dictate the entire epic in one go without any pause. The maharishi agreed to this condition and put forth his own condition to Lord Ganesh that He must understand each and every hymn before writing it down. Lord Ganesh agreed to the condition and starting writing the hymns only after understanding them. This was an easy task for the Lord as He was able to understand the hymns very easily. However, the pen that Lord Ganesh was using started wearing away and in order to write the epic without a pause, the great Lord broke one of His tusks and started using it as a pen. Hence, Lord Ganesh is known as Ekadanta, the one with a single tusk.

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