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A Character of Hindu epic Mahabharata Who was Son of Kunti and Lord Surya.

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Are there Acharyas who talk about Krishna offering Droupadi to Karna as a wife?

As I know, there are almost 20 translators from the Mahabharata including KMG and BORI that contain the translation of Krishna offering Droupadi as a wife. But I'm curious if Acharyas have talked ...
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Why is it called Karna with such a name instead of Vasushena in Ranbhoomi?

This is something that intrigues me, since according to Vaishampayana, Karna was called "Vaikartana Karna" after donating his armor to Indra (which happens in Vana Parva) but in Ranbhoomi (battle ...
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Mahabharata Parsurama's curse

When Bhagwan Parshuram sees Karna's tolerance, he says that Karna can't be a Brahamana, he must be a Kshatriya. 1 What is the relation between a person capability and his caste? 2 If there had been a ...
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How did Karna become the king of Anga?

Karna was a son of a charioteer by his foster father and if I am not wrong he didn't fight with the previous king of Anga.
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Conversation between the Krishna and Karna

Krishna had given many offers to Karna for coming to Pandava's side. Like... If Karna would come into the Pandava's side then Krishna would make him king of Hastinapura after winning the battle of ...
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Why is Karna so obsessed with freeing his chariot from earth?

Can't he just take another chariot? Can't he just fight on foot? It's his trying to lift the chariot is the reason of his defeat. Why?
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What is the story of Vijaya bow?

Who was the original owner of Vijaya bow? However it is wielded by Indra Dev, Parashurama and Karna. Who created this bow?
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When did Duryodhana know that Karna is Kunti's son?

When did Duryodhana know that Karna is actually one of Pandava's brothers and a son of Kunti (Kuntiputra) and how did he react?
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Scriptural basis for Draupadi's decision of denying Karna

From the following excerpt of the Mahabharata, it is clear that Draupadi rejected Karna based on his tribe. "And (some amongst) those kings in exerting with swelling lips each according to his ...
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What are the details of Karna’s fight with king Jarasandha?

There was an occasion when Karna( king of the Angas) was about to sever king Jarasandha’s body into two parts, using his bare arms. But then, king Jarasandha offered his hand of friendship to Karna ...
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What is the story of Satyaki?

Who is satyaki and why he fought on the side of the Pandavas in Kurukshetra war? Satyaki spared Karna's life in Kurukshetra war for Arjuna's vow, is it true? I think not even arjuna defeated Karna in ...
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Karna in Kurukshetra war with Arjuna

Did Karna ever spare Arjuna's life in Kurushetra? Or he only spared other four pandavas' lives but never Arjun?
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Why did Yudhishthira claim Karna never fled from the battlefield when Karna has fled from the battlefield multiple times?

Yudhishthira's statement: Peace find I none after having slain my grand-father, and that foremost of men, Karna, who never fled from the field of battle. http://sacred-texts.com/hin/m14/m14002.htm ...
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How could Satyaki have defeated Karna so many times?

Misconception about the help of divine chariot. Since Karna fans like to cover up the facts and hide the true story about his defeats by saying that Satyaki had a special chariot given to him and a ...
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how many different names of Karna are mentioned in Mahabharata?

I listen total 10 or 13 names are there but not knowing the names. I listen one or two like Radheya,Vashusena. So I want to know how many different names of Karna are mentioned in Mahabharata? Is ...
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How can Karna, the son of a god, be associated with the origin of Pitri Paksh?

I was checking out the legends associated with the Pitri Paksh or Shraadh rituals and it led me to the story of Karna which goes like this: When the legendary donor Karna died in the epic ...
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Who can be considered a better warrior Arjuna or karan in mahabharata? [duplicate]

Karna and arjuna are the two greatest warriors of the mahabharat,there have been often many debates on this topic,But is there any refrences in Mahabharat which show that a particular character like ...
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Who said this “suta putra” quote about Karna and what does it mean?

This theme for Karna was used in Star Plus Mahabharata which is in Sanskrit. Can anyone tell the meaning of the Sanskrit shloka. Also primarily, I want to know where the verse is actually from & ...
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Why did Karna fought under Drona when he too had labelled him as “half a Ratha”?

In consequence of the curse of Rama (his preceptor in arms) as also of the words of a Brahmana (who cursed him on another occasion), owing also to his deprivation of the accoutrements of battle, ...
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Why Kauravas had to deploy all their star warriors for Virata war and Virata war confusion?

I can't understand why Kauravas had to bring their entire star decked warriors to attack Virata, sure they are just helping their allies Trigarta's as their commander-in-chief had been slain, so they ...
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Is Karna described as a weak warrior in Hindu scripture?

In popular belief, Karna is usually viewed as a strong warrior, perhaps even stronger than Arjuna. But my question is, does Hindu scripture ever describe Karna as a weak warrior? (I'm not asking ...
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If ShriKrishna knew Karna and Arjuna are brothers, why did not he stop their fight?

ShriVishnu knows everything, yet He lets Pandavas and Karna be at fight. Moreover, Karna, born to ShriSurya, the Illuminator of whole Universe, had to suffer worse than the most unfortunate mortal.
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How did the death of Karna happen?

Karna is my role model, I keep on reading about him but I am unable to find the moment of his death, I also read that Lord Krishna tested him when he was on deathbed, I would like to know what exactly ...
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Why Karna didn't give Dana according to scriptures?

EXPLANATION : Karna was a great man in giving Dana to Anyone who asks for Dana from him. Scriptures Support giving Dana only to whose who that Deserves it. Sciptures Oppose giving Dana to whose who ...
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What is the story behind Karna and the Two golden Mountains?

There is story in other sites and many people say this story of Karna and the two golden mountains This story is about Karna and Arjuna giving dana of the two golden mountains and the story concept ...
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What are the boons got by Kunti from Karna?

EXPLANATION : I ask this qusetion because of confusion about kunti getting a boon from karna The boon was karna should not kill the pandavas except arjuna and karna should not use same astra twice ...
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What scripture talks about Karṇa's third curse by Bhūdevī or Goddess of Earth?

In my recent answer, I argued that both of Karṇa's two unfortunate curses were interpolations i.e., they were not part of Vyāsa's original Mahābhārata. I think the reason behind those particular ...
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If Lord Parashurama really cursed Karna, how could he launch Brahmastra on Arjuna twice?

Background: I saw some Karna movies and Mahabharata TV episodes and in there it's told that the main reason for Karna's defeat is that he was cursed (śāpa) by Lord Parashurama. All of them refer to ...
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Why Karna and Drona didn't use Brahmastra against Ghatotkacha?

Both Karna and Drona were capable of using Brahmastra while battling Ghatotkacha. Drona didn't use brahmastra and in the end Karna used the Divine Weapon that can be used only One Time against ...
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Did Karna's dāna really save his life?

Background: I saw in a Karna movie and also read a Mahabharata book, where, towards the end, Karna was injured in his chest by Arjuna's arrow and the last arrow to kill him actually turned in to a ...
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Why didn't Bhishma, Drona and Karna attain moksha? Why didn't they live with liberation as life's goal?

Great knowledgeable persons like Bhishma, Drona, Karna and others from Satya, Treta and Dwapara yugas didn't attain moksha; they went only to heaven. Since vedic knowledge and righteousness was ...
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How can Kundala of Karna protect him in battle?

In mahabharatha Karna's Kavacha and Kundalas made him invincible in battle. Kavacha armour protecting his chest. In which way kundalas protect him which are in his ears ?
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Did Draupadi want Karna as her sixth husband? [duplicate]

I heard this version in an old telugu film which praises Karna. I thought that was just a created story for the sake of film. I didn't believe that version. But these days, a dialogue is made popular ...
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Did Kuntī deliver Karṇa through her womb?

How was Kuntī able to hide her very first pregnancy? Did Kuntī deliver Karṇa through her womb or a healthy baby just appeared out of nowhere? How about the Pāṇḍavas (both Kaunteyas and Mādreyas)? Did ...
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What is dharma as per Karna?

What is the definition of dharma as per Karna? I read somewhere that actions that weakens the soul is not dharma. Can anyone cite some reference on the same.
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What were the good acts performed by Karna in the epic, Mahabharata?

Karna was the son of Kunti and Surya, the Sun God. He was born with divine gold armour and earrings and was bright and beautiful like the Sun. After the birth of the child, Kunti once again became a ...
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In trying to win Karna over to the Pandava side, did Krishna suggest that Draupadi would accept him as her sixth husband?

After Krishna's efforts to avert the Kurukshetra war fail, as one final attempt, he tries to win Karna over to the Pandava side, but in doing so, does Krishna suggest that Draupadi would accept Karna ...
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Did Karna really play dice with Duryodhana's wife, Bhanumati?

Wikipedia cites the following story to show how strong the friendship between Karna and Duryodhana was. But what's the origin of this story? Did Karna really play dice with Duryodhana's wife, ...
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Krishna Driving Chariot Away While Fighting Karna

I want to know if Krishna had drove the chariot away while arjuna fought with Karna. This is shown in Suryaputra Karn and also in the Star TV Mahabharata. But, is it true?
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What happened to the Vijaya bow after Karna's death?

The Vijaya dhanush was given to Karna by Parashurama. What had happened to the bow after Karna's death?
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Krishna keeping Karna's mind under illusion to prevent him from using the Shakti weapon

Karna possessed the deadly Vasavi Shakti weapon during the Kurukshetra war. He could kill Arjuna at anytime during the war. But, did Krishna keep Karna's mind under illusion, so that he did not use ...
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A snake in Karna's quiver

The story goes that a snake who wanted to take revenge on Arjuna landed itself in Karna's quiver. The snake requested Karna to shoot the arrow he was on, so that it could kill Arjuna. Although, Karna ...
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How did Karna lose all the battle against Arjuna? [duplicate]

I've heard that Arjuna & Karna had various wars before the main war of Maharabharata and Arjuna won all the times. How did it happen? Because Karna was better warrior than Arjuna which was ...
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Why is Karna known as Daana Veera?

Karna is widely known as Daana Veera Karna. What are the incidents from the Mahabharata that establish this? This question talks about a lot of other qualities Karna had.
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How did Shalya discourage Karna during the Mahabharata war?

A related question here discusses the role of Shalya in general during the Mahabharata. It is said that Shalya tried to discourage Karna in the midst of the war. How did he do that? Also, how did ...
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Why did Karna choose not to fight on the side of the Dharma?

I have not 'read' the Mahabharata yet, but the Hindi poem Rashmirathi by Ramdhari Singh Dinkar narrates how Shri Krishna tried to convince Karna to get on the side of the Pandavas. Yet, Karna chose to ...
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Origin of Vasavi Sakti

It is well known that Indra had gifted the Vasavi Sakti weapon to Karna in return of the Kavash and Kundal. But, why is that weapon so powerful? What is the origin of Vasavi Sakti??
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How did Karna die in his previous birth?

In his previous birth Karna received a boon that he can survive death a 1000 times. And to kill him once one has to pray to god for 1000 years. Then how did he die?
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Who killed most number of warriors in Mahabharata?

In Wikipedia it is mentioned that Arjuna killed most warriors, followed by Karna, followed by Ashwatthama. Below is the relevant quote. After Arjuna and Karna, Ashwatthama killed most number of ...
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Why did Lord Krishna end Karna's life in such a way?

Karna was the only person who was able to defeat Arjuna. Karna was stronger and kinder than Arjuna, but still he got an undeserved death at the hands of Arjuna,on the advice of Lord Krishna. What is ...