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

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When did Arjuna know that Karna was his brother

There are different stories of when Arjuna is aware that Karna is his brother. Some say it happened after the death of Karna when Krishna reveals it to the Pandavas. But some say it happens during ...
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Why Karna attacked on Anga during Digvijay?

In the description of the Digvijay where Karna also attacked Anga. Then descending from the mountain and rushing to the east, he reduced the Angas, and the Bangas, and the Kalingas, and the ...
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Why Vrishketu not ascended the throne of Hastinapur

Karna was elder brother of Pandavas. As per the ancient Indian monarchial system, eldest son has a right over throne of his father. Vrishketu was the only son of Karna survived after Mahabharat war ...
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What was Karna's Nagastra?

In the Mahabharat there is an incident between the final encounter of Arjuna and Karna where Karna used his Nagastra against Arjuna. The Suta's son then fixed on his bow-string that foe-killing, ...
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Were there two Vijaya bows belonging to Indra at time of Mahabharata?

As seen in the answer here , Karna had Vijaya bow. Karna had obtained it from Parashurama, who in turn had obtained it from Indra. But it seems that Rukmi (brother of Rukmini) too had Vijaya bow that ...
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how many curses did Karna receive that he would fail in a crucial battle?

The most famous one is of course from Parashurama - for hiding his kshatriya identity. I also read about a young calf that he kills by mistake and was cursed similarly. Any others?
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What was the reaction of pandavas after knowing that Karna was their brother

I want to know that what is written in mahabharat about the reaction of pandavas after knowing that they killed their brother Karna.
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What was the role of Karna's kundal? [duplicate]

We all know that Karna was given a Kavach and kundal by his father Lord Sun. Kavach was for his protection. But what was the role of Kundal?
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Did Shalya promise Yudhisthira that he would demoralize Karna?

according to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shalya Deducing why Duryodhana had desired Shalya in the first place, Yudhishthira demanded from Shalya that he would demoralize Karna and dampen his ...
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Why did Parashurama teach Bhishma but not Karna?

We know that Parashurama was the guru of Bhisma, a kshatriya. Then why did he refuse to teach Karna on the basis of being a kshatriya?
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Did karna learn the vedas from Drona?

I am looking for explicit mention in KMG Mahabharata that Karna learnt vedas from Drona (will be helpful if there are passages that show he conducted vedic rites). I don't think he learnt vedas from ...
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Question on lineage of Karna's foster parents

We know Karna's foster father Adhiratha, a charioteer. He was a Suta which is defined to be descendant of Kshatriya father and Brahmana mother (as per Manusmriti). But do we have any information on ...
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Why does nobody recognize Karna to be a Kshatriya warrior despite his having divine Kavach and Kundala?

Karna was born with divine Kavach and Kundala which is said to be brilliant and unique among all the astra shastras. So, how come throughout all stages of his life, nobody inquired/acknowledged that ...
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Why did Parshurama curse Karna for not being a Brahmin?

Shree Krishna explained us in Bhagavad Gita that Brahmin is a quality. Bhagavad Gita 18.41: The duties of the Brahmins, Kshatriyas, Vaishyas, and Shudras—are distributed according to their ...
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How many sons and daughters did Karna have?

It is known that Karna had sons who actively participated in Kurukshetra war. They assisted his father in battle. Arjuna killed one of Karna's sons in front of Karna as a revenge of his son Abhimanyu'...
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Did Nakula and Sahadeva really treat Karna after donating his armour?

Star Plus Mahabharat (S20 E7) shows that when Karna is in a lot of pain after cutting off his armour and ear-rings and donating them to Indra, Nakula and Sahadeva cure him of his wounds. Karna then ...
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Did Karna think that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as king of Hastinapura?

In Star Plus Mahabharata (e.g., S11 E7), it is shown again and again that Karna believed that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as King/Yuvaraja (crown prince) of Hastinapura. Did Karna really ...
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Did Karna really used inappropriate words for Draupadi in dice game?

In serials, it is always shown that Karna called Draupadi a whore (Veshya) when dice thing happened and Pandavas lost everything. If yes, why they say he knew Dharma? Also, if yes, was he right to ...
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Did Karna fail in Draupadi swayamvar? [duplicate]

Did Karna fail in Draupadi swayamvar while hitting target or Draupadi simply denied marrying him even if he would hit target? And if she denied, how moral/right was it? What was the reason her ...
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Did even wisest persons, who followed Dharma in Mahabharata had false beliefs about castes?

I have seen these things so many times. In TV serials, in my high school brief Mahabharata book and at many online resources: Dronacharya didn't accept Karna as his disciple, as he was soot-putra. At ...
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Was Bhishma really not aware about the difference between Dharma and tradition?

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 ...
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How and when did Karna came to know that he was a kshatriya?

I have read in many questions related to this on stackexchange (like Mahabharat Parshuram's curse) that Karna knew that he was a Kshatriya. But who told Karna about his original caste and when?
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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 fight 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, he, ...
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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 ...