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Why did Lord Krishna end Karna's life in such a way?

Wrong side Karna & all other warriors who were cheated (by Krishna) actually should thank PAndavas for giving majorly a fair fight in general. Because the premises of the MahAbhArata war itself ...
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Where is Karna in the afterlife?

Karna no longer exists as a distinct being. Let me explain. In the Swargarohanika Parva of the Mahabharata, Yudhishthira arrives in Devaloka in his own body (which he did by successfully going on ...
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Which Purana talks about Sahasrakavacha, the past life of Karna?

The Padma Puran talks about Sahashrakavacham, the previous birth of Karna. During a fight between Shiva and Brahma, Shiva chopped off Brahma's head and some drops of sweat appeared on the forehead of ...
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Do scriptures indicate that Draupadi regretted not allowing Karna to participate in her svayaṁvara?

In Vyasa Mahabharata, there is nothing related to it. But in one folk tale story is there. This tale is known as Stains of Jambul, in which Draupadi confesses love for Karna. Draupadi did not tell ...
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What are the boons got by Kunti from Karna?

It was not a boon from Karna to Kunti but a promise. Karna promises Kunti that he shall only slay Arjuna in the battle even he has a chance to slay Yudhistira and others. Using the same astra twice ...
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Scriptural basis for Draupadi's decision of denying Karna

According to the scriptures, the Pratiloma marriage, where the Varna of the wife is higher than that of the husband, is not considered as good. See the following passage from Agni Purana: An ...
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Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature?

The story of Sahashrakavacha, the previous birth of Karna, is as in this short story told in the Padma Purana. Indra objected to cause Arjuna's birth because, as Rama, Shri Vishnu had previously ...
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How can Kundala of Karna protect him in battle?

It's because Kavacha and Kundala of Karna contained Amrita in them as described in this chapter of Vana Parva of Mahabharata: Thereupon Kunti said, 'If, O dispeller of darkness, I obtain a son from ...
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Did Arjuna really win against the Kauravas all alone in Virata Kingdom Battle

The incident of the Virata War has been narrated in the Goharana Parva of the Virata Parva of the Mahabharata. A small background - The Kaurava army invades the Matsya Kingdom from the north and ...
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Which previous karma made Karna's life full of sorrow despite his benevolent nature?

The other two answers cite this webpage, which claims to be telling a story from the Srimad Bhagavatam, but you can read the Srimad Bhagavatam here; I don't see any such story. As far as I'm aware, ...
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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?

The translation doesn't fit into the narrative. Before that sentence and after it, the whole narration is about coronation. To talk about Draupadi's marriage with Karna in between that topic is absurd....
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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?

Sixth period means after five Pandavas. This is how Bibek Debroy translates this verse (which is taken from BORI critical version). हिरण्मयांश्च ते कुम्भान्राजतान्पार्थिवांस्तथा | ओषध्यः सर्वबीजानि ...
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Did Kuntī deliver Karṇa through her womb?

Concerning Karna, her conception did not occur the normal way, rather it was done magically by Surya, as described in this chapter of the Vana Parva of the Mahabharata: And that ranger of the skies,...
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Why didn't Bhishma, Drona and Karna attain moksha? Why didn't they live with liberation as life's goal?

"How come knowledged persons like bhisma,drona and karna lived a life knowing that the liberation is the life's goal and didn't live according to it" Among these, 2 were liberated (attained ...
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Did Nakula and Sahadeva really treat Karna after donating his armour?

We can safely say that part is added by the writers of the show. Even in old movies on Mahabharata, this treatment episode by Nakula and Sahadeva is not shown. Indra was not merciless to leave Karna ...
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War between Karna and Arjuna - Mahabharata

From the article "Karna and Arjuna" by Dr. Madhu Guptan and his comments under the article: On the basis of evidence from the Mahabharata Arjuna emerges as the greatest warrior. Arjuna ...
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Why is Karna special in Mahabharata?

Karna was son of Surya and kunti. He was first son born to Kunti before her marriage. His guru is called lord Parshurama. He was son of two mothers(Kunti and Radha) like lord Krishna. He had special ...
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What are the 4 Dig Vijayas conquered by Karna?

The word Dig Vijaya means a victory campaign. A king along with his forces invades their foes. The defeated king should pay a great amount of gold, taxes and tribute and should accept the victorious ...
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Was Karna in the Bhishma parva?

Yes, Karna was on the battlefield. The Bhagavad Gita chapter you're quoting from is chapter 25 of the Bhishma Parva of the Mahabarata. In a later chapter of the Bhishma Parva, right before the battle ...
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Karna Suffering Defeats

During Gandharva war he was group attacked by Gandharvas and could be considered as a defeat . In Virata war he was defeated by Arjun. In Kurukshetra war he was defeated by Abhimanyu,Arjun,Bhima,...
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What was the role of caste in the way Parshurama & Pandavas treated Karna?

Parshurama did not refuse Karna because he was a Suta but because a Suta is part Kshatriya. Manu Smriti Chapter X mentions who a Suta is: From a Kshatriya by the daughter of a Brahmana is born (a son ...
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Did Karna really play dice with Duryodhana's wife, Bhanumati?

This story is nowhere mentioned in the Vyasa Mahabharata. However, southern versions like Perundevanar's Bharata Vemba, Pampa's Vikramarjuna Vijaya and Villiputturar's Bharatam do mention this ...
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What were the good acts performed by Karna in the epic, Mahabharata?

Karna was the son of Surya, the sun God and Kunti {the mother of the Pandavas and sister of Vasudeva, Krishna’s father}. As per a divine plan, Kunti gave birth to Karna but could not raise him. Karna ...
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Why Karna and Drona didn't use Brahmastra against Ghatotkacha?

As described in a number of Purana, it was considered as a very destructive weapon. It is said that when the Brahmastra was discharged, there was neither a counterattack nor a defense that could stop ...
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How did the death of Karna happen?

Detailed story related to Karna death can be read in Mahabharata, Karna Parva, Section 90 and Mahabharata, Karna Parva, Section 91. Krishna testing Karna at time of death is not mentioned in ...
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What are the details of Karna’s fight with king Jarasandha?

Why Karna’s fight happened with king Jarasandha? "Narada said, 'Hearing of the fame1 of Karna's might, the ruler of the Magadhas, king Jarasandha, challenged him to a single combat. 1: Karna ...
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