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How did Lord Ganesha lose his tusk?

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There seem to be multiple stories about it. The earliest Sanskrit name for Ganesha is Ekadanta or one tusk. Some of the earliest icons show him handling his broken tusk. According to Religion Facts, there are a couple of interesting stories behind it. "When Parashurama one of Shiva's favorite disciples, came to visit him, he found Ganesha guarding Shiva's inner apartments. His father being asleep, Ganesha opposed Parshurama's entry. Parashurama nevertheless tried to urge his way, and the parties came to blows. Ganesha had at first the advantage, seizing Parashurama in his trunk, and giving him a twirl that left him sick and senseless; on recovering, Rama threw his axe at Ganesha, who recognizing it as his father's weapon (Shiva having given it to Parashurama) received it with all humility upon one of his tusks, which it immediately severed, and hence Ganesha has but one tusk. A different legend narrates that Ganesha was asked to scribe down the epic of Mahabharata, dictated to him by ... more
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