Mahabharat – one of the interesting epic of ancient India.We enjoyed the most while watching any film, serial on this epic.But do you know who is the man behind this story?
Th author of this epic is Ved Vyas and he is the writer of four Vedas and 18 Puranas.
The life history of Ved Vyas is also interesting.He was one of the important astronomers.philosophers and historians of the Dwapara Yuga.It is believed that rishi Ved Vyas was the expansion of the Vishnu and came in Dwaparayuga to write all the Vedic knowledge available at that time. The Vedic knowledge was available in only spoken form at that time.
Some interesting facts about Mahabharat & Ved Vyas:
It is believed that the Mahabharat is an imagination of Ved Vyas which was happened in real later. Ved Vyas had written Mahabharat before it happened and he was a part of Mahabharat as well.
Ved Vyas has mentioned the beginning of the world till the kalyuga and he also mentioned Bhagwat Geeta in Mahabharat.
Mahabharat contains one lakh shlokas having 1.8 million words.In the beginning, it has 24,000 shlokas which kept on growing to 100,000 later.
Technically this was Lord Ganesha who wrote down the text to Vyas’s dictation. There is one interesting story about this.Ved Vyas wanted to write Mahabharat which was like an ocean in his mind floating with huge & small waves.It was a composition of hundreds of stories and sub-stories.He wanted to write it, but he knew that he cannot write it alone as this was a very time consuming.
So he approached Lord Ganesha by meditating. Ved Vyas explain the reason of his meditation to Lord Ganesha.Ganesha agreed but put one condition to Ved Vyas i.e. he could not wait for him to compose his words and would write extremely fast. Though Veda Vyas was confident upon himself that he could compose very fast. But on the same time he was also confused whether he could match the speed of Lord Ganesha.
He said that Lord Ganesha was not to write anything unless he understood the meaning of what was narrated to him.Lord Ganesha accepted the condition and the writing of epic starts this way.Ved Vyas knew that Lord Ganesha is the God of literature and it would be a very tough competition. But he used one trick against Lord Ganesha.After few shlokas, Ved Vyas used to say a very tough one, which Lord Ganesha would take some time to understand. Due to this Ved Vyas would get some time and would make new shlokas.
Lord Ganesha was writing the story so fast that the pen broke suddenly. As per his agreement with Ved Vyas, he could not pause, and neither could ask him to pause. How was he to continue writing without a pen?
But Lord found a quick solution, he broke off one of his tusks and start writing again with his tusk. This was the written story of Mahabharat and Lord Ganesha also came to be known as Ekadanta – The lord with the single tusk!
That is the reason Lord Ganesha is seen in most of the pictures with only one tusk and the broken tusk in his hand.