Story of Ganesha’s broken tusk

Shri Ganesh had two tusks, but he had a great fight with Parshuram, when Ganesh laid claims to immortality.

There are only seven who are immortal :-
1) Shri Hanumanji
2) Vibhishan
3) Kripacharya
4) Shri Parshuram
5) Ashwathama
6) Bali and
7) Ved Vyas (Markandey Rishi also joined their ranks later)

These great men do not die and even when the world dissolves and a new world takes birth they will be here.

They are not born again and again. They live on the mighty Himalayas and it is said that some great souls do come across them.

Anyway, Shri Ganesh declared that he was eligible for such a position, but Shri Parshuram was not satisfied and wanted to test him. Parshuram loses his temper at the drop of a hat (as the saying goes), so he declared he would fight with Shri Ganesh; and if Shri Ganesh won, only then he would be immortal.

There ensued a terrible battle. Shri Parshuram became very ferocious in the heat of the moment and in the process he dealt a deadly blow, which Shri Ganesh took on his left tusk and as a result, it broke in the heat of the battle.

From that moment on, Shri Ganesh is called as Ekdant (The ONE with One Tusk)

Shri Ganesh was chosen by Naradji to write down the Mahabharata for posterity, while Ved Vyasji related the tale of his grandsons to him.

He chose his broken tusk to write.

He told Vyasji that he would only write if he gave the dictation continuously and did not stop or hesitate and waste time.

His mother Bhagwati (Parvati) asked Shri Ganesh to also use his buddhi while writing also and explain certain points so that the generations to come would understand the great epic as it was meant to be understood.

SO IS THE REASON WHY Saraswati – The Goddess of Learning, is prayed to after Shri Ganesh. …


About Vikram Kharvi

Vikram is an experienced communications professional with over 17 years of expertise in growing, managing and defending leading brands’ reputation across industry sectors in traditional media and digital environments. With his strong background in media and integrated communications, he drives impactful communications strategies that contribute to a company’s strategic objectives. He has held key positions at Tata Housing, Adfactors PR, Sampark PR, The Resort and Indian Express Group. He also had his share of entrepreneurial experience of publishing and editing a maritime weekly – Shipping Today for over 7 years. Vikram has managed corporate, crisis and product PR and has actively interacted with almost every type of media across the length and breadth of our country. He has managed communications campaigns for large and mid-size companies in B2B & B2C space, across sectors such as Technology, Education, Real Estate, Infrastructure, Shipping, Logistics, Finance, Media etc. He has counseled at the highest levels as well as sorted things out at street level for top brands including Tata Housing, Aptech, 3i Infotech, Oracle Financial Services Software, BMC Software, Rolta India, ICICI Prudential Life Insurance, ICICI Lombard General Insurance, Bharati Shipyard, Mumbai SEZ, Ybrant Digital and many more. Vikram enjoys wide industry recognition as an expert on emerging media technologies and public relations. Vikram writes extensively on PR, social media, marketing and branding. A prolific blogger since 2004; his blog, is India’s most read PR blog. Most notably he has also founded Indian PR Forum, India’s largest online forum of PR professionals. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge on PR and Social media through lectures at various communications institutes across India and by also speaking at various industry forums, events & seminars. Vikram holds a Master’s & Bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communications. He has been honored with Y Imagine Excellence Award - “Best Young PR Professional of Year 2011” by Young India Communicators Forum (YICOF), Hyderabad, 5 individual awards at Tata Housing and 2 awards at The Resort for various communications related initiatives. His interests include his family, photography, travelling, of course, blogging. Vikram can be reached via email at pr or on social hubs like, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.

Posted on September 12, 2012, in Articles on Ganesha, Ganesha Stories and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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