Once, Lord Ganesha was appointed as the scribe to transcribe the epic Indian epic, the Mahabharata, which was being dictated by the sage Vyasa. vinayaka agreed but on one condition – the writing should not stop, and Vyasa should continue dictating without pause.
As Vyasa began reciting the epic, Ganesha diligently wrote down each word. However, he was writing so fast that his pen broke, and he didn’t have another one. In a dilemma, Ganesha faced a choice: to either pause the writing or find a solution.
Quick-witted as ever, Ganesha decided to continue without stopping. He broke off one of his own tusks and continued using it as a pen to transcribe the Mahabharata. Vyasa continued narrating the epic, and Ganesha continued to write, completing the monumental task.
This story highlights Ganesha’s dedication to his duties, his wisdom in problem-solving, and his commitment to preserving important knowledge. Ganesha’s broken tusk has since become one of his most distinctive attributes, symbolizing his willingness to overcome obstacles to fulfill his responsibilities.