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

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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 happened to Karna's Kavach & Kundal?

In Mahabharat, Karna was the son of Lord Sun. The Sun has given him Kavach (Breastplate Armor) & Kundal (Ear-rings) to protect him. This Kavach & Kundal were attached to his body. As long as ...
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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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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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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 ...
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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 is Karna's caste (varna)?

What is Karna's varna (caste)? A Kshatriya by birth, then assumed a different one after being raised by foster parents (belonging to a different varna) and finally reclaimed it? Who all (during the ...
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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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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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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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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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Where is Karna in the afterlife?

Karna as we know gave up his grace (his blessings, which he got from the donations and charity all his life) to lord Krishna during the final stages of his life, and only then did he become too weak ...
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Why is Karna special in Mahabharata?

Like the 5 pandavas, Karna is also a son of deva. But he is mentioned as having more qualities than any single Pandava or even as having all the qualities of 5 Pandavas. So the question is : What ...
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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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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War between Karna and Arjuna - Mahabharata

I have seen many people tell that before the Kurukshetra war in Mahabharata, no war was fought between Karna and Arjuna. But some people also tell that there had been various wars between Karna and ...
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Why didn't Arjuna use any divya astras in Kurukshetra war?

In the Mahabharata, Arjuna spent five long years during his exile to go to heaven and acquire all the divya astras. But, why didn't he use any of those major divya astras in the Kurukshetra war? For ...
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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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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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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 are the 4 Dig Vijayas conquered by Karna?

What exactly are Dig Vijayas and what are the campaigns that lead to Karna attaining the 4 Dig Vijayas?
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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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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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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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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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Arjun's inability to counter snake weapon of Karna

Arjuna had trained himself under Drona as a great archer. Drona had given him training on each and every weapon. Not only this, sensing a sure war between Pandavas and Kauravas, Krishna sent Arjuna to ...
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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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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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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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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 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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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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Where did Parashurama teach Dronacharya & Karna?

What is the present name of the place where Parashurama taught Dronacharya and Karna from the Mahabharat? Is the place currently an aashrama?
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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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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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Karna Suffering Defeats

We all know that Karna was the greatest archer. As no archer, regardless of his level of supremacy, can win all the time. Even Krishna suffered defeats. Did Karna suffer defeats during his lifetime? ...
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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 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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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 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 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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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 ...