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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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What was the role of caste in the way Parshurama & Pandavas treated Karna?

I have this question troubling me since a long time, hence thought it may be a good platform to present it. On one Hand, we see Yudhishtra saying following lines towards Caste System. Yudhisthira ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 Karna think that it was adharma to not appoint Duryodhana as king of Hastinapura? [duplicate]

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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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 ...