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

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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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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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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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Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature?

Is there any story behind Karna's miserable life despite his benevolent nature? Any prior karma in a previous life to justify his current life? I read it somewhere that when Karna died, Lord Krishna ...
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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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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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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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Do scriptures indicate that Draupadi regretted not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara?

Some versions of the Mahabharata depict an incident where Draupadi gets to know that Karna is Kunti-putra and she regrets not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara. Is this event mentioned ...
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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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Why Arjuna is attributed as Supreme archer when infact Karna was much skillful than Arjuna?

Why always Arjuna is considered as Supreme archer instead of Karna in Mahabharata? We can see his attribution in Who gave weapons to Shri Krishna and Balarama and how? and in many other articles. When ...
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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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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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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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Who obtained Karna's kavach and kundala?

In the Tamil book, Villibharatham, it is mentioned that it was Lord Krishna who disguised himself as a Brahmin to obtain the kavach and kundala of Karna. This view is made popular by this movie song ...
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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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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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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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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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Need a brief analysis of Karna. Is he representative of anything in Indian mythology?

Can someone please give me a brief analysis of who Karna was and what legacy he left behind? Is he representative of anything (i.e., any symbolism attached to him) in Indian mythology?
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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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Was Karna in the Bhishma parva?

Lord Krishna has told Bhagavad Gita to Arjuna on the first day of Bhishma Parva at Kurukshetra (before starting the war). And Karna was not present in Bhishma Parva as Karna had taken an oath not to ...
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Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha, the past life of Karna?

Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha (one who has a thousand armors) - the purva janmam (past life) of Karna?
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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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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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In mahabharata what Karna life said or moral? a good man take down by cheats is that correct? [duplicate]

In Mahabharata book Karna is god's son. So he had good attitude and character also and he also stronger than Arjuna. But he's bad luck he need to be friend with opposite parties. Krishna god made ...