Know the story behind why Lord Ganesha’s idols are always with one tusk broken

Lord Ganesha, the son of Supreme deities Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati is one of the most worshipped deities in the Hindu religion. It is considered auspicious to worship Lord Ganesha first before starting any Puja or performing any religious ritual.Lord Ganesha is also popularly known by the name of Ganpati, Vinayaka and Viganharta. It is believed that Lord Ganesha removes all the Vighan (problem) coming in one’s life.

There are many interesting mythological stories of Lord Ganesha. One of the stories is related to his idols having broken tusk. Not one, but there are three stories regarding the Lord Ganesha’s idol with broken tusk. Let’s know them one by one

The story recited in Upodghata Pada of the Brahmanda Purana

According to the story recited in Upodghata Pada of the Brahmanda Purana, Lord Parshuram, the sixth avatar of Vishnu, when became victorious after defeating his enemy Kartavirya Arjuna and some other kings, went to thank Lord Shiva for blessing him with the power to fight these enemies but Lord Ganesha didn’t allow him to meet Lord Shiva, saying his father is busy, and he didn’t want Parshuram to disturb.But Parshuram got enraged by this and started fighting with Ganesha. Ganesha was winning but then Parshuram threw his axe at Ganesha and Ganesha didn’t fight back against it, because the axe was a gift from his father Lord Shiva.
Perceiving that the axe had been given to him by his father, Ganesha became desirous of meaning it not to go in vain. Hence he received it with his left tooth (tusk). And the tusk got chopped off by the axe and fell on the ground.

The story recited in Mahabharata

Another famous story that is included in Mahabharata is Ganesha breaking his own tusk off to continue writing the Mahabharata as Vyasa was dictating it to him. Maharishi Ved Vyasa wanted to pen down Mahabharata, but he knew that he would not be able to do this alone. So he approached Lord Ganesha to write. Ganesha agreed but put one condition in front of Ved Vyasa that he would only write if Maharishi Ved Vyasa would recite it fastly and in continuous flow without stopping in between. Maharishi Ved Vyasa agreed to it but cleverly put condition in front of Lord Ganesha that he has to understand everything before penning it down so that Maharishi can get time in between for rest. It is believed at that time when Lord Ganesha was writing, his pen began to wear away. As Lord Ganesha has put condition that nobody will stop in between writing so the Lord pulled out his left tusk and used it to complete writing the great epic Mahabharata. That’s why Lord Ganesha is also called Ekdantaya

The third story of Ganesha’s & Moon

It’s said once Lord Ganesha was riding on a mouse after coming back from the feast at Kubera’s place. Suddenly a snake appeared from the forest. By seeing the snake the mouse on whom Ganesha was riding ran away. Naturally Ganapati fell from his steed and his belly broke slightly. Not loosing his presence of mind Ganapati caught hold of the snake and tied his belly tightly.Moon that was seeing all this laughed at Lord Ganesha. Due to which Lord Ganesha got angry, cursed the moon and threw his tusk on him. The Moon broke in to pieces. Ganapati also cursed the moon, to be dark and said whosoever will see the moon on Chaturthi day would be laughed at. This is why viewing Moon on Ganesh Chaturthi is considered inauspicious and is believed to create Mithya Dosham

Source: Detechter