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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 was on deceit. Let's discard the fact that, Duryodhana replaced himself with Shakuni during the dice game and defeated Yudhishitira, because here the latter was ...


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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 the Swargarohini mountain path, unlike his brothers and Draupadi who fell off). He is initially presented a false vision of the Pandavas, Karna, and Draupadi ...


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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 is not at all mentioned in the conversation of Karna and Kunti. For the sake of Dhritarashtra's son, I shall fight against thy sons to the best of my ...


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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 thee, may he be furnished with a coat of mail and ear-rings, and may he be mighty-armed and endued with great strength!' Hearing these words of hers, Surya ...


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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 Brahma out of anger. When he wiped out those drops of sweat out of it was born Sahasrakavacha (the person with thousand armors): svedataḥ kunḍalī jajñe sa ...


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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 regret words to Karna, but she confessed during the exile in 13 year near some lake. She also asked Krishna why Krishna did not tell her as he knew everything, ...


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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 killed Vali, the son of Indra in the Treta yuga, by taking side of Sugriva, the son of Sun. So Vishnu gave word to Indra that He would take care of Arjuna in Dwapara ...


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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, the only place in Hindu scripture where the story of Dambhodbhava is told is in the Udyoga Parva of the Mahabharata, and it doesn't mention anything about ...


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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. It would have been either before or after the coronation topic. Even the first part of that verse talks about queens and princesses bringing various items for ...


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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 powers especially his shield and earrings. He gave more respect to friendship(with Duryodhana ) than anything else. He donated many more things including his ...


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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 सर्वरत्नानि वीरुधः ||१४|| राजन्या राजकन्याश्चाप्यानयन्त्वभिषेचनम् | षष्ठे च त्वां तथा काले द्रौपद्युपगमिष्यति ||१५|| The kings and princes who ...


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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, that enemy of Swarbhanu, with soul absorbed in Yoga, entered into Kunti, and touched her on the navel. At this, that damsel, on account of Surya's energy, ...


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"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 Moksha) according to scriptures. Drona's liberation: Before being beheaded by Dhrishtadyumna, Drona engaged himself in Kriya yoga, described in Gita (BG 4.29, 5.27-28),...


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Can't he just fight on foot? That's exactly what he did. Standing on the ground, Karṇa fired several astras including the brahmāstra on Arjuna which Arjuna countered with his own. Chapter 1216 (66) ... But, in that great battle, the earth swallowed up one of the wheels of Radheya's chariot. Radheya wept in rage. He told Arjuna, 'O Pandava!...


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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 humbles Karna many times before Mahabharata war like Draupadi Svayamvar, Virata war and in the killing of Jayadrath. Karna ,Gandharva's attack, in spite of all his ...


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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 begins Krishna approaches Karna on the battlefield and asks him to fight for the Pandavas until Bhishma dies, an offer Karna refuses: Vasudeva then went to ...


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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 it, except by another Brahmastra. Karna didn't use Brahmastra against Ghatotkacha because he knew Arjun also had a Brahmastra to stop it. As Karna possessed a ...


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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 anuloma marriage is a marriage where the husband is from a higher class than the wife. The offspring of such a marriage belong to the mother’s class. A pratiloma ...


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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 wounded. Since Karna was following his vow of keeping his word and charity, Indra gave a boon to Karna that even after his body is cut while peeling off armour, ...


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The story you mentioned has no basis in scripture, at least not in Vyāsa Mahābhārata. Moreover, according to Vyāsa Mahābhārata, the svayaṁvara was rigged. King Drupada was very keen on giving Draupadi away to only Arjuna and nobody else, even before the svayaṁvara began. Yajnasena [Drupada] always cherished the desire of bestowing his daughter on Kiriti ...


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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 king as monarch. When Yudhushtira was a monarch before the exile, his brothers toured all the directions and conquered kingdoms. Karna started his victory ...


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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 called) according to his caste (gati) a Suta; from a Vaisya by females of the royal and the Brahmana (castes) spring a Magadha and a Vaideha. ...


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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 was raised by his foster parents viz by Adiratha {the chief charioteer of king Dhritarashtra} and Radha, his wife. Though born with kshatriya blood {being ...


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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 Mahabharata. Karna's last moment is described in Mahabharata, Karna Parva, Section 91 as follows: Meanwhile the diadem-decked and high-souled Arjuna, recovering his ...


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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 defeated many kings in a Svayamvar, more details can be found in The Mahabharata, Book 12: Santi Parva: Rajadharmanusasana Parva: Section IV. Details of the ...


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His mother was Kshatriya (Kunti) that is why He has been considered as Kshatriya. He brought up as child of chief charioteer of King Dhritrashtra. As per Mahabharata, Parshurama only taught to Brahmins but When Parshurama go to know that Karna is a Kshatriya, Parshurama laid curse upon Karna. Sources : Karna


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Whenever Karna fans start losing a debate, like typical losers they always cry - If Arjuna was so great why did he kill an unarmed Karna when he was lifting his chariot.They abuse Arjuna, even abuse lord Krishna for this. Well, as per the most researched Sanskrit texts, Karna was not killed in the weaponless state.He was fighting Arjun, even discharged ...


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Karna very well understood that he is the son of Pandu (in theory) and Krishna is talking about securing Dharma back. However, he had following reasons: Kunti abandoned him without thinking about his well being He was raised by Adhiratha's & his wife RAdhA in a Suta traditions, hence his loyalty was not bound with PAndava-s He enjoyed uninterrupted ...


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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 incident. The only source I found was Mahabharata and Variations Perundevanar, Pampa and Nannayya a Comparative Study(page 49) by Acharya Kambalur Venkatesa, a ...


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