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In Star Plus Mahabharat, season 3 episode 2, when Karna was a teenager, he wins a little competition which involved bow and arrow. Karna won, but Bhishma only praised his chariot driver skills, and told Karna's father, "here, in our area, it is tradition that only Kshatriya can be archer. And tradition is Dharma".

Very soon, Krishna says (there's a 1-2 minute class by Krishna in every episode, who briefly talks about the main thing of the episode, in an indirect way, to educate people and relate it to current life): There was tradition that people worshiped Indra, but later they found Dharma inside that tradition by breaking that tradition and worshiping Gowardhana.

So clearly, Krishna wants to prove what Bhishma said is not always true.

Also, I'm not sure what Krishna said was a message by Mahabharat producers/directors/content team, or was it really written in original Mahabharata.

So, was Bhishma really unaware of it?

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    Tradition is dharma..there is no contradiction in it..as per Manu Smriti 2.12, the Practice of cultured Men i.e. tradition is Dharma..but i don't think Karna appeared in front of Bhishma earlier than Kaurva-Pandvas test day.. there also i think it was Kripacharya who said such things..bdw Bhisma was very much knowledgeable in different means of Dharma..there is dedicated Parva (complete book) in Mahabaharata for his teachings on such topics.. – YDS Jun 25 at 17:35
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    I remember the episode, Yes, but I don't remember such a thing happening in the actual Mahabharat book. – V.Aggarwal Jun 26 at 10:07
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    The incident depicted in the TV Serial is complete fiction. – Surya Jun 26 at 10:19
  • question should be directed to writers of tv series, not a question about Hindu religion. – Swami Vishwananda Jun 26 at 12:08
  • @Surya but then it looks bad to me. I watch it to learn messages. But then I can't decide when did someone actually said a right thing, and when wrong. – Vikas Jun 27 at 9:07

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