As per the Hindu tradition, Sage Vyasa narrated the Mahabharata epic and Ganesha wrote it down. The longest epic in the world was not the job for an ordinary scribe and therefore Sage Vyasa requested Ganesh to become his scribe. Ganesha put one condition that Vyasa should recite the Mahabharat non-stop. Vyasa agreed. But the wise sage put one condition before Ganesha that he should write only after understanding the lines that he dictated. Ganesh agreed to this condition.
It is said that Ganesha sometimes took the time to understand some of the complex lines narrated by Sage Vyasa. The Sage used this pause to compose the next lines.
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