Lord Ganesha is one of the most revered deities of the Hindu sect. He is the son of the Cosmic Couple, Lord Shiva, and Goddess Parvati. He is worshipped not only in India but also in many parts of the world as Vijnahartha or the remover of obstacles. He represents the attainment of mastery over intellect and wisdom and triumphs over time. As the God of beginnings, he is frequently prayed to at the starting of ceremonies, the inauguration of businesses, and also before attempting examinations.
Lord Ganesha is pure consciousness and His attributes are innumerable. Based on His various attributes He is known by many names. The 108 names of Ganesha in Sanskrit are collectively called Ganesha Ashtottara Shatanamavali Some popular and commonly used Lord Ganesha name in Sanskrit from the Ganesha Ashtottara is Ekadanta which means single tusked lord
It is a common practice among parents in India to choose a name for their son from the 108 names of Lord Ganesha. Devotees of Lord Ganesha recite GaneshJii’s 108 names regularly. The Ganesha Ashtottara Shatanamavali also referred to as Vinayaka Ashtottara Shatanamavali has tremendous positive vibration and clears negative energies if recited or heard.
Reason Behind His Name Ekadanta
According to the legend, Goddess Parvati went to bathe and seated Ganesha at the main door and told him not to let anyone enter. Then Lord Shiva arrived there. When he tried to enter, Ganesh stopped him. Lord Shankar got angry about this and in anger, he severed Ganesha’s head. Lord Shivji later gave the elephant head to Lord Ganesha
Once Parashurama Ji came to Kailash Parvat to visit Shiv Ji. Shiv Jee was sleeping so Ganesh Ji stopped him from going inside. A fight between them ensued at this. Ganesh Ji caught him with his trunk and hit him on the ground. This left him unconscious for some time. When he came into senses he threw his Pharasaa (axe) at Ganesh Ji. Ganesh Ji immediately recognized it as his father’s weapon (his father gave it to Parashurama) and received it with all his humility on his one tusk. This broke his one tusk and left him with one tusk only.
Also, in some references, it is said that as he was writing Mahabharata, his pen broke, and he broke his one tusk to continue writing. The lesson offered here is that no sacrifice is big enough in the pursuit of knowledge.