I heard a story about Barbareek, a warrior from the south that could kill both sides of the Kurukshetra war with 2 arrows. In the story Krishna realising he is too great of a warrior tricks him into beheading himself.

That only left Karna, as a stronger warrior, stronger than even Indra and Krishna.

Where in Mahabharata does he admit that?

  • Yes that's the one I just read the story on wiki. But the one I heard involved Krishna tricking him, and wiki says he just gave it as charity.
    – Matko
    Commented Nov 20, 2020 at 18:23
  • Where did you make this story? Go read about Barbareek , watch old Sri Krishna TV serial. He was Dharmic (good) in Nature. He wanted to get liberated fast. So, his grandma told him to go and fight with Lord Krishna. Because getting killed by God will get you liberated. Krishna is God. He is everything, He is Karna and He is Arjuna too. Did you never read Mahabharata or Gita? Karna was demi-God. Ramayan has much more powerful warriors even if you combine whole Mahabharata, except Lord Krishna.
    – Kumar
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 10:21
  • Like Indrajit could defeat everyone both Pandavas and Kauravas (except Krishna), in a very short time. Karna was a demigod, yes he was powerful. But he was not powerful than Bhisma pitama. If Krishna fight war could be finished in a few moments.
    – Kumar
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 10:25
  • Sri krisna TV hagah? I'm talking about the actual text not some interpretation. Arjuna was a demigod also... Krishna is not all powerful and all knowing. If he knew about barbareeks arrows why would he test them hiding the leaf beneath his foot. Why would he go around asking soldiers, barbareek among them, for whom they will fight. You thing that's just mere frevolity? Is this what you're reducing him to..?
    – Matko
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 11:20
  • I don't care about ramajana, it's nothing compared to the epicness of mahabarata
    – Matko
    Commented Dec 4, 2020 at 11:23

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Krishna says that even he and Arjuna cannot defeat Karna if Karna had his kavacha (arnour) and kundala (ear rings).

Source from Mahabharata Drona Parva

Clad in (natural) coat of mail and decked with his (natural) ear-rings, Karna, who had his senses under control, could singly vanquish the three worlds with the very gods. Neither Vasava, nor Varuna the lord of the waters, nor Yama, could venture to approach him. Indeed, if that bull among men had his armour and ear-rings, neither thyself, bending the Gandiva, nor myself, uplifting my discus, called Sudarsana, could vanquish him in battle. For thy good, Karna was divested of his ear-rings by Sakra with the help of an illusion. Similarly was that subjugator of hostile towns deprived of his (natural) armour.

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