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  1. Lord Krishna speaks-
    "Hear in brief, O son of Pandu! I regard the mighty car-warrior Karna as thy equal, or perhaps, thy superior! . In energy he is equal to Agni. As regards speed, he is equal to the impetuosity of the wind. In wrath, he resembles the Destroyer himself. Endued with might, he resembles a lion in the formation of his body. He is eight ratnis in stature. His arms are large. His chest is broad. He is invincible. He is sensitive. He is a hero. He is, again, the foremost of heroes. He is exceedingly handsome. Possessed of every accomplishment of a warrior, he is a dispeller of the fears of friends. No one, not even the gods with Vasava at their head, can slay the son of Radha, save thee, as I think. No one possessed of flesh and blood, not even the gods fighting with great care, not all the warriors (of the three worlds) fighting together can vanquish that car-warrior." Did not know gods could lie :)

  2. For all Karna's Fans & Arjuna Haters & for all those who freely abuse lord Krishna & Arjuna on public forum:

    >>MORE UPDATED:

    NOTE-ALL NEW LATEST UPDATED NARRATIVES & POSTS ARE MARKED BY SYMBOL" (>>U)"

    SOURCE-TRANSLATION OF ORIGINAL MAHABHARAT OF KRISHNA-DWAIPAVANA VYASA (VEDA VYASA) BY KISARI MOHAN GANGULY & WHICH IS THE ONLY PRECISE & COMPLETE CROSS LINKED WORD TO WORD TRANSLATION OF ORIGINAL VED VYAS MAHABHARATA AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC DOMAIN:

    Incident 1:Karna fled from battlefield from Arjuna(Virata Yudh):
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04060.htm

    Incident 2:Karna defeated by Gandharwa chitrasena:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03239.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03240.htm

    Incident 3:Arjuna defeat Ghandarwas & rescued Duryodhan & Kurus:

    (Note Karna was not drunk when he fought with the gandharwas as some stupid karna lovers claimed..Infact none of the warriors were drunk..read the narrative urself & find out the truth)
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03243.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03244.htm

    (>>U) KARNA HIMSELF ACCEPTING BEFORE DURYODHANA THE FACT THAT HE FLED THE BATTLEFIELD FROM GANDHARWAS IN FRONT OF DURYODHANA'S EYES:

    Narrative:

    "As regards myself, assailed by all the Gandharvas, I fled before thy eyes, unable to rally our flying host. Assailed by the foe with all his might, my body mangled with their arrows, I sought safety in flight. This however, O Bharata, seemed to me to be a great marvel that I behold you all come safe and sound in body, with your wives, troops, and vehicles, out of that super-human encounter. O Bharata, there is another man in this world who can achieve what thou, O king, hast achieved in battle to-day with thy brothers."

    Vaisampayana continued, "Thus addressed by Karna, king Duryodhana replied unto the ruler of the Angas in a voice choked with tears."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03245.htm

    Incident 4:Karna defeated & freightened by Abhimanyu in chakruvyuhu:

    Narrative:

    Hearing these words, Karna, afflicted with the shafts of Arjuna's son, once more said unto Drona, 'Exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Abhimanyu, I am staying in battle, only because (as a warrior) I should stay here. Indeed, the arrows of this south of great energy are exceedingly fierce. Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are weakening my heart.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    KARNA AGAIN FLED FROM BATTLEFIELD..THIS TIME FROM ABHIMANYU:

    NARRATIVE:

    Karna, O monarch, was filled with pain. Meanwhile, the son of Subhadra, causing Karna by means of his arrows to turn away from the field, quickly rushed against the other great bowmen. Then Abhimanyu of fierce energy and great fame, filled with wrath, broke that host of diverse forces abounding with elephants and steeds and cars and infantry. As regards Karna, afflicted by Abhimanyu with countless shafts, he fled away from the field borne by swift steeds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07038.htm

    Incident 5:Karna's defeat at Draupadi Swayamvar by Arjuna!

    Narrative:

    "And incensed at finding the strength and energy of Arjuna's arms unequalled on the earth, Karna, the son of Surya, fought with greater vigour. And parrying all those impetuous arrows shot at him by Arjuna, Karna sent up a loud shout. And this feat of his was applauded by all the warriors. Then addressing his antagonist, Karna said, 'O thou foremost of Brahmanas, I am gratified to observe the energy of thy arms that knoweth no relaxation in battle and thy weapons themselves fit for achieving victory. Art thou the embodiment of the science of weapons, or art thou Rama that best of Brahmanas, or Indra himself, or Indra's younger brother Vishnu called also Achyuta, who for disguising himself hath assumed the form of a Brahmana and mustering such energy of arms fighteth with me? No other person except the husband himself of Sachi or Kiriti, the son of Pandu, is capable of fighting with me when I am angry on the field of battle.' Then hearing those words of his, Phalguna replied, saying, 'O Karna, I am neither the science of arms (personified), nor Rama endued with superhuman powers. I am only a Brahmana who is the foremost of all warriors and all wielders of weapons. By the grace of my preceptor I have become accomplished in the Brahma and the Paurandara weapons. I am here to vanquish thee in battle. Therefore, O hero, wait a little.'

    "Vaisampayana continued, 'Thus addressed (by Arjuna), Karna the adopted son of Radha desisted from the fight, for that mighty chariot-fighter thought that Brahma energy is ever invincible."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01193.htm

    INCIDENT 6-KARNA'S DEFEAT BY PANCHALA KING DRUPADA:

    (PLEASE DONT GET FOOLED BY THE STAR PLUS FACTUALLY INCORRECT FILMY MAHABHARAT WHERE IT WAS SHOWN KARNA DIDNT ACCOMPANY DURYODHAN FOR GURU DRONA'S GURUDAKSHINA & KARNA WAS ASKED NOT TO PARTICIPATE AGAINST DRUPADA'S PANACHALA ARMY BY DRONACHARYA!)

    NARRATIVE:

    "But the mighty bowman, Prishata's son, invincible in battle, though very much pierced with the arrows of the enemy, instantly began, O Bharata,to afflict the hostile ranks with greater vigour. And careering over the field of battle like a fiery wheel, king Drupada with his arrows smote Duryodhana and Vikarna and even the mighty Karna and many other heroic princes and numberless warriors, and slaked their thirst for battle."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01141.htm

    Arjuna later defeat Panchala King Drupada!!

    (>>U) INCIDENT 7:Karna Vanquished in battle by Arjuna:

    Narrative:

    Sanjaya said, Upon the fall, O king, of the ruler of the Sindhus, thy son Suyodhana, his face bedewed with tears, and himself filled with grief and breathing hot sighs like a snake whose fangs have been broken, that offender against the whole world, viz., thy son, experienced bitter affliction. Beholding that great terrible slaughter of his troops caused by Jishnu and Bhimasena and Satwata in battle, he became pale, dejected and melancholy, and his eyes became filled with tears. And he came to think no warrior existed on the earth that could be compared with Arjuna. Neither Drona, nor the son of Radha, nor Aswatthaman, nor Kripa, O sire, is competent to stand before Arjuna when the latter is excited with wrath, And Suyodhana, said unto himself, 'Having vanquished in battle all the mighty car-warriors of my army, Partha slew the ruler of the Sindhus. None could resist him. This my vast host hath almost been exterminated by the Pandavas. I think, there is no one that can protect my army, no, not even Purandara himself. He, relying upon whom I have been engaged in this passage-at-arms in battle, alas, that Karna hath been defeated in battle and Jayadratha slain. That Karna relying upon whose energy I regarded Krishna as straw who came to sue me for peace, alas, that Karna hath been vanquished in battle.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07146.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 8:Karna again defeated by Arjuna:

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya continued, 'Beholding the son of Pandu rushing towards him like an elephant towards a rival elephant, Karna fearlessly proceeded

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    against Dhananjaya. Partha, however, soon covered Karna who was thus advancing with great impetuosity, with showers of straight shafts, equipped with wings of gold. Karna also covered Vijaya with his shafts. The son of Pandu then once more shrouded Karna with clouds of arrows. Then Karna, filled with rage, pierced Arjuna with three shafts. The mighty car-warrior, Arjuna, beholding Karna's lightness of hand, could not brook it. That scorcher of foes shot at the Suta's son thirty straight shafts, whetted on stone and equipped with blazing points. Endued with great might and energy, he also pierced him, in rage, with another long arrow on the wrist of his left arm, smiling the while. Karna's bow then dropped from that arm of his, which had thus been pierced with great force. Then the mighty Karna, taking up that bow within the twinkling of an eye, once more covered Phalguna with clouds of shafts, displaying great lightness of hard. Dhananjaya then, O Bharata, smiling the while, baffled with his own shafts, that arrowy shower shot by the Suta's son. Approaching each other, those two great bowmen, desirous of counteracting each other's feats, continued to cover each other with showers of shafts. The battle that took place between them, viz., Karna and the son of Pandu, became exceedingly wonderful, like that between the two wild elephants for the sake of a she-elephant in her season. Then the mighty bowman Partha, beholding Karna's prowess, quickly cut of the latter's bow at the handle. And he also despatched the four steeds of the Suta's son to Yama's abode with a number of broad-headed shafts. And that scorcher of foes also cut off from the trunk the head of Karna's driver. Then, the son of Pandu and Pritha pierced the bowless, the steedless, and the driverless Karna with four shafts. Then that bull among men Karna, afflicted with those shafts, specially jumping down from that steedless car, mounted upon that of Kripa. Beholding the son of Radha vanquished, thy, warriors, O bull of Bharata's race, fled away in all directions.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07155.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 9:Karna saved by Ashwathama from Arjuna:

    Narrative:

    Then the ape-bannered (Arjuna), urged by Kesava, shot at the Suta's son, O king, many shafts whetted on stone. Those arrows adorned with gold, shot by Partha's arms and issuing out of Gandiva, entered Karna's body, like cranes into the Krauncha mountains. With those arrows shot from Gandiva which entered Karna's body like so many snakes, Dhananjaya drove the Suta's son from Bhimasena's vicinity. His bow cut off by Bhima, and himself afflicted with the arrows of Dhananjaya, Karna quickly fled away from Bhima on his great car. Bhimasena also, O bull among men, mounting upon Satyaki's car, proceeded in that battle in the wake of his brother Savyasachin, the son of Pandu. Then Dhananjaya, with eyes red in wrath, aiming at Karna, quickly sped a shaft like the Destroyer urging forward Death's self. That shaft shot from Gandiva, like Garuda in the welkin in quest of a mighty snake, quickly coursed towards Karna. The son of Drona, however, that mighty car-warrior, with a winged arrow of his, cut it off in mid-air, desirous of rescuing Karna from fear of Dhananjaya. Then Arjuna, excited with wrath, pierced the son of Drona with four and sixty arrows, O king, and addressing him, said, 'Do not fly away, O Aswathaman, but wait a moment.' Drona's son, however, afflicted with the shafts of Dhananjaya, quickly entered a division of the Kaurava army that abounded with infuriated elephants and teemed with cars. The mighty son of Kunti, then, with the twang of Gandiva, drowned the noise made in that battle by all other twangings of bows, of shafts decked with gold. Then, the mighty Dhananjaya followed from behind the son of Drona who had not retreated to a great distance, frightening him all the way with his shafts. Piercing with his shafts, winged with the feathers of Kankas and peacocks, the bodies of men and elephants and steeds, Arjuna began to grind that force. Indeed, O chief of the Bharatas, Partha, the son of Indra, began to exterminate that host teeming with steeds and elephants and men.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07135.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 10: Karna again defeated by Arjuna & was rescued by Ashwathama again who took Karna on his chariot after Karna's cart was destroyed & his steeds were killed by Arjuna!

    Narrative:

    "Then the mighty-armed Phalguna, in that battle, pierced Karna, the son of Vikartana, in all his limbs with a hundred arrows. All his limbs bathed in blood, the Suta's son of great prowess and bravery, pierced Phalguna in return with fifty arrows. Beholding that lightness of hand displayed by him in battle, Arjuna brooked it not. Cutting off his bow, that hero, viz., Dhananjaya, the son of Pritha, quickly pierced Karna in the centre of the chest with nine arrows, Then Dhananjaya, with great speed at a time, when speed was necessary shot in that battle a shaft of solar effulgence for the destruction of Karna. Drona's son, however, with a crescent-shaped arrow, cut off that shaft as it coursed impetuously (towards Karna). Thus cut off by Aswatthaman, that shaft fell down on the earth. Endued with great prowess, the Suta's son, then, O king, took up another bow, and covered the son of Pandu with several thousands of arrows. Partha, however, like the wind dispersing flight of locusts, dispelled with his own arrows that extraordinary shower of arrows issuing out of Karna's bow. Then Arjuna, displaying his lightness of hands, covered Karna, in that battle, with his arrows, in the very sight of all thy troops. Karna also, that slayer of hosts, desirous of counteracting Arjuna's feat, covered Arjuna with several thousands of arrows. Roaring at each other like two bulls, those lions among men, those mighty car-warriors, shrouded the welkin with clouds of straight shafts. Each rendered invisible by the other's arrowy showers, they continued to strike each other. And they roared at each other and pierced each other with their wordy darts, saying, 'I am Partha, wait'–or, 'I am Karna, wait', O Phalguna! Indeed these two heroes fought with each other wonderfully, displaying great activity and skill. And the sight they presented was such that other warriors became witnesses of that battle. And applauded by Siddhas, Charnas and Pannagas, they fought with each other, O king, each desirous of slaying the other. Then Duryodhana, O king addressing thy warriors, said, 'Carefully protect the son of Radha! Without slaying Arjuna he would not abstain from battle. Even this is what Vrisha told me.'

    Meanwhile, O monarch, beholding the prowess of Karna, Arjuna, of white steeds, with four shafts shot from the bow-string drawn to the ear, despatched the four steeds of Karna to Yama's domain. And he also felled with a broad-headed arrow, Karna's charioteer from his niche in the car. And he covered Karna himself with clouds of shafts in the very sight of thy son. Thus shrouded with arrows the steedless and driverless Karna, stupefied by that arrowy shower, knew not what to do. Beholding him made carless, Aswatthaman, O king, caused him to ride on his car, and continued to fight with Arjuna."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07141.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 11:Karna alongwith other kaurvas unable to stop arjuna from reaching jayadratha..Arjuna vanquished alone 7 akshohinis of kaurav army out of 11 in 1 day to revenge abhimanyu death!!

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya continued, 'Thus urged by
    Bhima and Kesava, Savyasachin
    prevailing over Drona and Karna,
    began to resist the foe all round.
    Many foremost of Kshatriyas (among
    the Kurus), putting forth all their
    prowess, failed to withstand Arjuna
    who advanced at the very van of his
    troops, and who, like a raging
    conflagration, was consuming the
    foremost ones among his foes. Then
    Duryodhana and Karna, and Sakuni,
    the son of Suvala, covered Kunti's
    son, Dhananjaya, with showers of
    shafts. Baffling the weapons of all
    those warriors, that foremost of all
    persons well-skilled in weapons, O
    monarch, covered them (in return)
    with his shafts. Aiming at their
    weapons with his (and thus baffling
    them all), Arjuna, endued with great
    lightness of hand and possessing a
    complete control over his senses,
    pierced every one of those warriors
    with ten keen-pointed shafts.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07183.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 12:Karna unable to stop arjuna from slaying jayadratha:

    Narrative:

    "Then Pandavas, O monarch, and the
    Panchalas, celebrated for their
    prowess, beholding the mighty-
    armed Karna, loudly shouted, saying,
    'There is Karna,' ' Where is Karna in
    this fierce battle.'–' O thou of wicked
    understanding, O lowest of men,
    fight with us!"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07155.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 13:Arjuna jointly attacked by Karna,Drona,Ashwathama,Kripacharya,Vrishasena,sons of Somadatta,Shalya,Jayadratha & Arjuna resisted single handedly entire Kaurava Host:

    Narrative:

    "The son of Drona struck Vasudeva with three and seventy shafts, and Arjuna himself with three broad-headed shafts, and his standard and (four) steeds with five others. Beholding Janardana pierced, Arjuna, filled with rage, struck Aswatthaman with hundred shafts. Then piercing Karna with ten arrows and Vrishasena with three, the valiant Dhananjaya cut off Salya's bow with arrows fixed on the string, at the handle. Salya then, taking up another bow, pierced the son of Pandu. And Bhurisravas pierced him with three arrows whetted on stone, and equipped with golden wings. And Karna pierced him with two and thirty arrows, and Vrishasena with seven. And Jayadratha pierced Arjuna with three and seventy shafts and Kripa pierced him with ten. And the ruler of the Madras also pierced Phalguna in that battle with ten arrows. And the son of Drona pierced him with sixty arrows. And he, once more, pierced Partha with five arrows, and Vasudeva with twenty. Then the tiger among men, viz., Arjuna owning white steeds and having Krishna for his driver, pierced each of those warriors in return, displaying the lightness of his hand. Piercing Karna with a dozen shafts and Vrishasena with three, Partha cut off Salya's bow at the handle. And piercing the son of Somadatta with three arrows and Salya with ten, he pierced Kripa with five and twenty arrows, and the ruler of the Sindhus with a hundred, Partha struck Drona's son with seventy arrows. Then Bhurisravas filled with rage, cut off the goad in Krishna's hand, and struck Arjuna with three and twenty shafts. Then Dhananjaya, of white steeds, filled with rage, mangled those enemies of his with hundreds upon hundreds of arrows, like a mighty tempest tearing masses of clouds.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07100.htm

    What Karna's own friend Ashwathama & kripacharya think of karna:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04049.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04050.htm

    what Lord Krishna think of karna's bravery in encounter with Abhimanyu:

    Krishna said(To Arjuna):.I swear by Truth to thee, O friend, that my limbs are burning at the thought that while the son of Subhadra was thus advancing,consuming the hostile army with his shafts, even on that occasion the wicked-souled Karna was engaged in acts of hostility to that hero,Unable, O Partha, to stay in that battle before Abhimanyu's face, mangled with the shafts of Subhadra's son, deprived of consciousness, and bathed in blood, Karna drew
    deep breaths, inflamed with rage. At last, afflicted with arrows, he was
    obliged to turn his back upon the field.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08073.htm

    & Finally karna himself accepting Arjuna's supeority:

    Narrative:

    "'Karna said(about Arjuna), "As far as I have heard,
    such a superior car-warrior has
    never been born on earth! Behold
    my prowess, since I will contend in
    battle with even that Partha who is
    such. This prince of Kuru's line, this
    foremost of car-warriors, careers in
    battle, borne by his steeds white in
    hue. Perhaps he will despatch me to
    Yama's abode today. Know, however,
    that with Karna's death, these all
    will be exterminated. The two arms
    of this prince are never covered with
    sweat. They never tremble. They are
    massive and covered with cicatrices.
    Firm in the use of weapons, he is
    possessed of great skill and endued
    with great lightness of hands.
    Indeed, there is no warrior equal to
    the son of Pandu. He taketh a large
    number of arrows and shooteth them
    as if they were one. Quickly fixing
    them on the bow-string, he
    propelleth them to the distance of
    two miles. They always fall on the
    foe. What warriors is there on earth
    that is equal to him? That Atiratha,
    endued with great activity, with
    Krishna as his ally, gratified the god
    Agni at Khandava. There, on that
    occasion, the high-souled Krishna
    obtained his discus, and Savyasaci,
    the son of Pandu, obtained his bow
    Gandiva. There that mighty-armed
    one, endued with might that knows
    no decay, also obtained his terrible
    car unto which are yoked those white
    steeds, as also his two great
    celestial and inexhaustible quivers,
    and many celestial weapons, from
    the God of Fire. In the region of
    Indra he obtained his conch
    Devadatta and slew innumerable
    Daityas, and all the Kalakeyas. Who
    is there on earth that is superior to
    him? Possessed of greatness of soul,
    he gratified Mahadeva himself in fair
    fight, and obtained from him the
    terrible and mighty weapon Pasupata
    that is capable of destroying the
    three worlds. The several Regents of
    the world, united together gave him
    their weapons of immeasurable
    energy, with which that lion among
    men quickly destroyed in battle
    those united Asuras, the
    Kalakhanjas.

    So also, in Virata's city,
    moving on a single car he
    vanquished all of us, and snatched
    from us that wealth of kine, and took
    from all the foremost of car-warriors
    (portions of) their garments.
    Challenging that foremost of
    Kshatriyas, that hero having him of
    Vrishni's race for his ally, that
    warrior who is endued with such
    energy and such attributes, I regard
    myself, O Shalya, to be the foremost
    of persons in all the world in point
    of courage. He is, again, protected by
    that Keshava of great energy, who i
    Narayana himself and who is without
    a rival, that high-souled Vasudeva,
    that ever-victorious Vishnu armed
    with conch, discus, and mace, whose
    attributes all the world united
    together, cannot (in narrating)
    exhaust in 10,000 years. Beholding
    the two Krishnas together on the
    same car, fear entereth my heart
    together with courage. Partha is the
    foremost of all bowmen!

    Source:origial mahabharat by vyas..trans by km ganguly!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08079.htm

    FINAL KARNA ARJUNA BATTLE(DAY 17 OF MAHABHARATA):
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08089.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08090.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08091.htm

    ACCORDING TO MY ANALYSIS OF THIS TRANSLATION IN THE FINAL BATTLE OF MAHABHARATA,ARJUNA & KARNA ASSAULTED EACH OTHER 35 TIMES WITH NUMEROUS, THOUSANDS & LAKHS OF ARROWS ………8 TIMES THEY NULLIFIED EACH OTHER ARROWS ,12 TIMES BOTH KARNA & ARJUNA PIERCED EACH OTHER BUT THE REMAINING 15 TIMES ARJUNA PIERCED KARNA IN EVERY PART OF HIS BODY & KARNA’S LIMBS,YOKE,STANDARD,STEEDS,CHARIOT WERE RIPPED APART & KARNA WAS LEFT MANGLED BATHED IN BLOOD & KARNA HAD NO ANSWER FOR ARJUNA’S ARROWS!!!AT THE TIME KARNA'S CHARIOT WHEELS WAS SWALLOWED BY BHOOMI,KARNA HAS SUFFERED A CLEAR DEFEAT!!

    SURPRISE GIFT FOR KARNA'S FANS….

    ITS CALLED "JOR KA JHATKA DHEERE SE"..

    KARNA'S SERIES OF MILITARY DEFEATS BY OTHER WARRIORS APART FROM ARJUNA & THAT TOO WHEN KARNA HAD THAT MUCH HYPED KAVACH KUNDAL WITH HIM!

    1.)KARNA DEFEAT BY BHIMASENA:

    NARRATIVE:

    Struck by Bhimasena, O perpetuator of Kuru's race, the Suta's son, that commander (of thy forces), sat down senseless on the terrace of his car.The ruler of the Madras then, beholding the Suta's son deprived of his senses, bore that ornament of battle away on his car, from that fight.

    Then after Karna's defeat, Bhimasena began to rout the vast Dhartarashtra host ike Indra routing the danavas.'"
    http://sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08050.htm

    2.)KARNA DEFEAT BY BHIMASENA(2ND TIME):

    NARRATIVE:

    Dhritrashtra said to Sanjaya:

    "Hearing, however, of the repeated defeat in battle of Karna by Bhimasena of terrible deeds, a swoon seems to come upon me, I think, the Kauravas to be already slain, in consequence of evil policy of my son. Karna will never succeed, O Sanjaya, in vanquishing those mighty bowmen, viz., the sons of Pritha. In all the battles that Karna has fought with the sons of Pandu,
    the latter have invariably defeated him on the field. Indeed, O son, the Pandavas are incapable of being vanquished by the very gods with Vasava at their head"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07129.htm

    PLEASE NOTE THAT KARNA WAS ALSO DEFEATED SEVERAL BY BHIMASENA IN RAJASUYA YAGNA DURING DIGVIJAY CEREMONY OF KARNA!

    (>>U) 3.)Karna's defeat by Bhimasena(3rd Time):

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya, said, 'While the mighty car-warriors Bhimasena was uttering those roars, mighty Karna, unable to bear them, rushed at him with a loud shout, stretching his bow with great force. Indeed, the mighty Karna, desirous of battle, displayed his strength and checked Bhima's course like a tall tree withstanding tempest. The heroic Bhima also, beholding Vikartana's son before him, suddenly blazed up in wrath and sped at him with great force many shafts whetted on stone. Karna received all those shafts and sped many in return. At that encounter between Bhima and Karna, hearing the sounds of their palms, the limbs of all the struggling combatants, car-warriors, and horsemen, began to tremble. Indeed, hearing the terrible roars of Bhimasena on the field of battle, even all the foremost of Kshatriyas regarded the whole earth and the welkin to be filled with that noise. And at the fierce peals uttered by the high-souled son of Pandu, the bows of all warriors in that battle dropped on the earth. And steeds and elephants, O king, dispirited, ejected urine and excreta. Various frightful omens of evil then made their appearance. The welkin was covered with flights of vultures and Kankas during that terrific encounter between Bhima and Karna. Then Karna struck Bhima with twenty arrows, and quickly pierced the latter's charioteer also with five. Smiling the while, the mighty and active Bhima then, in that battle, quickly sped at Karna four and sixty arrows. Then Karna, O king, sped four shafts at him. Bhima, by means of his straight shafts, cut them into many fragments, O king, displaying his lightness of hand. Then Karna covered him with dense showers of arrows. Thus covered by Karna, the mighty son of Pandu, however, cut off Karna's bow at the handle and then pierced Karna with ten straight arrows. The Suta's son then, that mighty car-warrior of terrible deeds, taking up another bow and stringing it quickly, pierced Bhima in that battle (with many shafts). Then Bhima, excited with rage, struck the Suta's son with great force on the chest with three straight shafts. With those arrows sticking at his breast, Karna looked beautiful, O bull of Bharata's race, like a mountain with three tall summits. Thus pierced with mighty shafts, blood began to flow from his wounds, like torrents of liquid red-chalk down the breast of a mountain. Afflicted with those shafts shot with great force, Karna became agitated a little. Fixing an arrow then on his bow, he pierced

    Bhima, again, O sire! And once more he began to shoot arrows by hundreds and thousands. Suddenly shrouded with shafts by that firm bowman, viz., Karna, the son of Pandu, smiling the while, cut off Karna's bow-string. And then with a broad-headed arrow, he despatched Karna's charioteer to the abode of Yama. And that mighty car-warrior, viz., Bhima, deprived the four steeds also of Karna of their lives. The mighty car-warrior Karna then speedily jumping down, O king, from his steedless car, mounted the car of Vrishasena. The valiant Bhimasena then, having vanquished Karna in battle, uttered a loud shout deep as the roar of the clouds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07125.htm

    (>>U) Narrative:

    "Dhritarashtra said, 'How raged that battle, in the neighbourhood of Arjuna's car, between those two mighty car-warriors, viz., Bhima and Karna, both of whom are endued with great strength? Once before Karna had been vanquished by Bhimasena in battle."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07127.htm

    (>>U) 4.)Karna's defeat by Bhimasena(4th time):

    The mighty-armed Bhima could not brook that conduct, in battle, of the mighty-armed Karna. Rolling his eyes ill wrath, he pierced Karna with five and twenty long shafts. Thereupon, Karna looked like a white mountain with many snakes of virulent poison (hanging from its sides). And once more, Bhimasena, endued with the prowess of a celestial, pierced the Suta's son who was prepared to lay down his life in battle, with six and then with eight arrows. And, again, with another arrow, the valiant Bhimasena quickly cut off Karna's bow, smiling the while. And he slew also with his shafts the four steeds of Karna and then his charioteer, and then pierced Karna himself in the chest with a number of long shafts endued with the effulgence of the sun. Those winged shafts, piercing through Karna's body, entered the earth, like the rays of the sun piercing through the clouds. Afflicted with arrows and his bow cut off, Karna, though proud of his manliness, felt great pain and proceeded to another car.'"

    (>>U) KARNA START WEEPING AFTER GETTING DEFEATED BY BHIMASENA..LOL:

    NARRATIVE:

    Then Karna, weeping in grief, circumambulated that son of thine, who, adorned with ornaments, lay on the earth, writhing like a snake. Bhima then, having made that deadly foe of his, viz., Karna, carless, smiling by covered him with shafts and made him look like a Sataghni with numberless spikes on it. The Atiratha Karna, however, that chastiser of foes, though thus pierced with arrows, did not yet avoid the enraged Bhima in battle.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07129.htm

    (>>U) Karna accepting he had been owned big time by Bhimasena..No other warrior has harassed Karna so much as Bhimasena:

    Narrative:

    Thus addressed by thy son, O sire, the son of Radha replied unto Duryodhana, that foremost one among the Kurus, in these words, 'Deeply hath my body been pierced in battle by the brave bowman Bhimasena, capable of striking vigorously with repeated showers of arrows. O giver of honours, that I am yet present in battle is because that one like me should be present here. Scorched with the powerful shafts of Bhimasena, every limb of mine is suffering from torturing pain I shall, however, for all that, fight to the best of my

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    powers. My life itself is for thee. I shall strive my best so that this foremost one of the sons of Pandu may not succeed in slaying the ruler of the Sindhus. As long as I shall fight, shooting my whetted shafts, the heroic Dhananjaya, capable of drawing the bow with even his left hand, will not succeed in getting at the ruler of the Sindhus.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07141.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07127.htm

    5.)KARNA'S DEFEAT BY PANCHALA KING DRUPADA:

    (PLEASE DONT GET FOOLED BY THE STAR PLUS FACTUALLY INCORRECT FILMY MAHABHARAT WHERE IT WAS SHOWN KARNA DIDNT ACCOMPANY DURYODHAN FOR GURU DRONA'S GURUDAKSHINA & KARNA WAS ASKED NOT TO PARTICIPATE AGAINST DRUPADA'S PANACHALA ARMY BY DRONACHARYA!)

    NARRATIVE:

    "But the mighty bowman, Prishata's son, invincible in battle, though very much pierced with the arrows of the enemy, instantly began, O Bharata,to afflict the hostile ranks with greater vigour. And careering over the field of battle like a fiery wheel, king Drupada with his arrows smote Duryodhana and Vikarna and even the mighty Karna and many other heroic princes and numberless warriors, and slaked their thirst for battle."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01141.htm

    6.)KARNA'S DEFEAT BY SATYAKI:

    NARRATIVE:

    "Although all those warriors headed by Karna made strong efforts for slaying Satyaki, yet those foremost of car-warriors, failed to slay him. Drona's son and Kritavarman and other mighty car-warriors, as also hundreds of foremost Kshatriyas, were all vanquished by Satyaki with only one bow.
    That hero fought, desirous of benefiting king Yudhishthira the Just, and of attaining to heaven. Indeed, Satyaki, that crusher of foes, is equal to either of the two Krishnas in energy. Smiling the while, he vanquished all thy troops, O best of men! In this world, there are only three mighty bowmen, viz., Krishna, Partha, and Satyaki. There is no fourth to be seen."

    (>>U)Satyaki again harassing Karna:

    Narrative:

    Smiting the great host of Karna with whetted arrows, Satyaki penetrated into the vast and limitless army of the Bharatas.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07109.htm

    (>>U)Karna again saved by Duryodhana,Jayadratha & Drona from Satyaki:

    Narrative:

    The king Duryodhana, and Drona and Jayadratha, rescued Karna from the

    Satyaki-ocean, as the former was about to sink into it.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07030.htm

    ALSO SEE WHAT LORD KRISHNA THINK ABOUT KARNA'S STRENGTH:

    Narrative:

    "Thus addressed by Savyasachin, the mighty-armed Kesava, endued with great energy, replied in these opportune words, 'The mighty-armed Satyaki is singly a match for Karna, O son of Pandu!"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07143.htm

    7.)KARNA DEFEATED BY GANDHARWA CHITRASENA:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03239.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03240.htm

    8.)KARNA DEFEATED & FRIEGHTENED BY ABHIMANYU IN CHAKRAVYUHU:

    Narrative:

    Hearing these words, Karna, afflicted with the shafts of Arjuna's son, once more said unto Drona, 'Exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Abhimanyu, I am staying in battle, only because (as a warrior) I should stay here. Indeed, the arrows of this south of great energy are exceedingly fierce. Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are weakening my heart.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    (>>U)Furthur defeats of Karna by Abhimanyu:

    Narrative:

    Then Abhimanyu, excessively pierced by those great bowmen with their straight shafts, shot shafts at Karna which was capable of piercing through every armour and body. That shaft, piercing through Karna's coat of mail and then his body, entered the earth like a snake piercing through an anthill. Deeply pierced, Karna felt great pain and became perfectly helpless. Indeed, Karna began to tremble in that battle like a hill during an earthquake.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07035.htm

    (>>U)Narrative:

    "Sanjaya said, 'Phalguni's son once more pierced Karna in the car with a barbed arrow, and for angering him still further, he pierced him with fifty other shafts. The son of Radha pierced Abhimanyu in return with as many shafts. Covered all over with arrows, Abhimanyu, then, O sire, looked exceedingly beautiful. Filled with rage, he caused Karna also to be bathed in blood. Mangled with arrows and covered with blood, the brave Karna also shone greatly. 2 Both of them pierced with arrows, both bathed in blood, those illustrious warriors then resembled a couple of flowering Kinsukas. The son of Subhadra then slew six of Karna's brave counsellors, conversant with all modes of warfare, with their steeds and charioteers and cars.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    9.)KARNA AGAIN FLED FROM BATTLEFIELD..THIS TIME FROM ABHIMANYU:

    NARRATIVE:

    Karna, O monarch, was filled with pain. Meanwhile, the son of Subhadra, causing Karna by means of his arrows to turn away from the field, quickly rushed against the other great bowmen. Then Abhimanyu of fierce energy and great fame, filled with wrath, broke that host of diverse forces abounding with elephants and steeds and cars and infantry. As regards Karna, afflicted by Abhimanyu with countless shafts, he fled away from the field borne by swift steeds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07038.htm

    KARNA WAS DEFEATED DESPITE HAVING THESE ADVANTAGES:

    1.)KARNA HAD THAT MUCH FAMED "IMPENETRABLE KAVACH" WITH HIM!

    2.)KARNA WAS FIGHTING WITH LOWER CLASS WARRIORS AS COMPARED TO ARJUNA!

    3.)NO CURSE OF BRAHMAN OR PURSHURAM WAS INTERFERING WITH KARNA'S CAMPAIGN!

    4.)NO SO CALLED "LORD KRISHNA HELP" WAS PROVIDED TO KARNA OPPONENTS!

    5.)KARNA WAS CARRYING THE MIGHTY 'VIJAYA DHANUSH' & VARIETY OF DIVYASTRAS PROVIDED BY PURSHURAM UNLIKE HIS OPPONENTS!

    KARNA CREATED WORLD RECORD OF FLEEING BATTLEFIELD:

    KARNA HAD FLED FROM BATTLEFIELD MANY TIMES & ITS A FACT ON GROUND WHICH CANT BE DENIED AT ANY COST!REALLY SHOCKING KARNA FLED THE BATTLEFIELD DESPITE THE ASSURANCE FROM SURYADEVA THAT TILL KARNA HAD THAT KAVACH KUNDAL,NOBODY SHALL BE ABLE TO KILL KARNA!SO ITS REALLY SHOCKING WHAT MADE KARNA FLEE THE BATTLEFIELD DESPITE HAVING THAT KAVACH KUNDAL WITH HIM!

    KARNA FLED 4 TIMES FROM ARJUNA & RAN FROM THE BATTLEFIELD:

    1ST TIME:

    Narrative:

    "Vaisampayana said, 'After the son of Radha had fled from the field, other warriors headed by Duryodhana, one after another, fell upon the son of Pandu with their respective divisions.

    Narrative:

    "And, lastly, he(Arjuna) pierced Karna in the ear with a bearded shaft. And when that great bowmen Karna, skilled in all weapons, was thus pierced, and his horses and car and car-driver were all destroyed, the troops that supported him began to break.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04055.htm

    2ND TIME:

    Narrative:

    And the diadem-decked Arjuna also covered Karna with a thick down-pour of keen-edged shafts. And the two heroes stationed on their cars, creating clouds of keen-edged arrows in a combat carried on by means of countless shafts and weapons, appeared to the spectators like the sun and the moon covered by clouds, and the light-handed Karna, unable to bear the sight of the foe, pierced the four horses of the diadem-decked hero with whetted arrows, and then struck his car-driver with three shafts, and his flagstaff also with three. Thus struck, that grinder of all adversaries in battle, that bull of the Kuru race, Jishnu wielding the Gandiva, like a lion awaked from slumber, furiously attacked Kama by means of straight-going arrows. And afflicted by the arrowy shower (of Karna), that illustrious achiever of super-human deeds soon displayed a thick shower of arrows in return. And he covered Karna's car with countless shafts like the sun covering the different worlds with rays. And like a lion attacked by an elephant, Arjuna, taking some keen crescent-shaped arrows from out of his quiver and drawing his bow to his ear, pierced the Suta's son on every part of his body. And that grinder of foes pierced Karna's arms and thighs and head and forehead

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    and neck and other principal parts of his body with whetted shafts endued with the impetuosity of the thunderbolt and shot from the Gandiva in battle. And mangled and afflicted by the arrows shot by Partha the son of Pandu, Vikartana's son, quitted the van of battle, and quickly took to flight, like one elephant vanquished by another.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04054.htm

    3RD TIME:

    Narrative:

    'Having said these words unto Karna, the invincible Vibhatsu rushed at him and charged a volley, of shafts capable of penetrating through a coat of mail. But that mighty car-warrior, Karna, received with great alacrity that discharge with an arrowy shower of his own, heavy as the downpour of the clouds. And that fierce volley of arrows covered all sides and severally pierced the steeds and arms and leathern fences of the combatants. And incapable of putting up with that assault, Arjuna cut off the strings of Karna's quiver by means of a straight and sharp arrow. Thereupon, taking out from his quiver another arrow, Karna pierced the Pandava in the hand at which the latter's hold of the bow was loosened. And then the mighty-armed Partha cut off Karna's bow into fragments. And Karna replied by hurling a dart at his adversary, but Arjuna cut it off by means of his arrows. And then the warriors that followed the son of Radha rushed in crowds at Arjuna, but Partha sent them all to the abode of Yama by means of arrows shot from the Gandiva. And Vibhatsu slew the steeds of Karna by means of sharp and tough arrows shot from the bow-string drawn to the ear, and deprived of life they dropped down on the ground. And taking another sharp and blazing arrow endued with great energy, the mighty son of Kunti pierced the breast of Kama. And that arrow, cleaving through his mail, penetrated into his body. And at this, Karna's vision was obscured and his senses left him. And regaining consciousness, he felt a great pain, and leaving the combat fled in a northernly direction. And at this, the mighty car-warrior Arjuna and Uttara, both began to address him contumely.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04060.htm

    4TH TIME:

    "Beholding that fierce and awful battle, the kings, thy sons, and Karna, also exceedingly pained, fled away."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07152.htm

    KARNA FLED FROM 16 YEAR OLD BOY ABHIMANYU:

    5TH TIME:

    NARRATIVE:

    Karna, O monarch, was filled with pain. Meanwhile, the son of Subhadra, causing Karna by means of his arrows to turn away from the field, quickly rushed against the other great bowmen. Then Abhimanyu of fierce energy and great fame, filled with wrath, broke that host of diverse forces abounding with elephants and steeds and cars and infantry. As regards Karna, afflicted by Abhimanyu with countless shafts, he fled away from the field borne by swift steeds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07038.htm

    6TH TIME:

    KARNA FLED FROM GANDHARWA CHITRASENA & WAS TAKEN AS A CAPTIVE!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03240.htm

    KARNA HIMSELF ACCEPTING BEFORE DURYODHANA THE FACT THAT HE FLED THE BATTLEFIELD FROM GANDHARWAS BEFORE DURYODHANA'S EYES:

    Narrative:

    "As regards myself, assailed by all the Gandharvas, I fled before thy eyes, unable to rally our flying host. Assailed by the foe with all his might, my body mangled with their arrows, I sought safety in flight. This however, O Bharata, seemed to me to be a great marvel that I behold you all come safe and sound in body, with your wives, troops, and vehicles, out of that super-human encounter. O Bharata, there is another man in this world who can achieve what thou, O king, hast achieved in battle to-day with thy brothers."

    Vaisampayana continued, "Thus addressed by Karna, king Duryodhana replied unto the ruler of the Angas in a voice choked with tears."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03245.htm

    7TH TIME:

    KARNA FLED FROM BHIMASENA

    Narrative:

    Dhritarashtra said, 'What, indeed, O Sanjaya, did Duryodhana say when he saw that Karna turning away from the field upon whom my sons had reposed all their hopes of victory? How, indeed, did the mighty Bhima, proud of his energy, fight? What also, O son, did Karna do after this, beholding Bhimasena in that battle resemble a blazing fire?'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07128.htm

    8TH TIME:

    KARNA AGAIN FLED FROM BHIMASENA:

    Narrative:

    Dhananjaya drove the Suta's son from Bhimasena's vicinity. His bow cut off by Bhima, and himself afflicted with the arrows of Dhananjaya, Karna quickly fled away from Bhima on his great car.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07135.htm

    KARNA'S FEAR TO FACE THE ENEMY:

    INCIDENT 1:

    Karna defeated & freightened by Abhimanyu in chakruvyuhu:

    Narrative:

    Hearing these words, Karna, afflicted with the shafts of Arjuna's son, once more said unto Drona, 'Exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Abhimanyu, I am staying in battle, only because (as a warrior) I should stay here. Indeed, the arrows of this south of great energy are exceedingly fierce. Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are weakening my heart.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    INCIDENT 2:KARNA WITHDREW FROM BATTLE WITH ARJUNA DISGUISED AS A BRAHMANA IN DRAUPADI SWAYAMVARA:

    Narrative:

    Then the illustrious Arjuna beholding Karna, the son of Vikartana (Surya), advancing towards him, drew his tough bow and pieced him with his sharp arrows. And the impetus of those whetted arrows furnished with fierce energy made Radheya (Karna) faint. Recovering consciousness Karna attacked Arjuna with greater care than before. Then Karna and Arjuna, both foremost of victorious warriors, desirous of vanquishing each other, fought madly on. And such was the lightness of hand they both displayed that (each enveloped by the other's shower of arrows) they both became invisible (unto the spectators of their encounter). 'Behold the strength of my arms.'–'Mark, how I have counteracted that feat,'–those were the words–intelligible to

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    heroes alone–in which they addressed each other. And incensed at finding the strength and energy of Arjuna's arms unequalled on the earth, Karna, the son of Surya, fought with greater vigour. And parrying all those impetuous arrows shot at him by Arjuna, Karna sent up a loud shout. And this feat of his was applauded by all the warriors. Then addressing his antagonist, Karna said, 'O thou foremost of Brahmanas, I am gratified to observe the energy of thy arms that knoweth no relaxation in battle and thy weapons themselves fit for achieving victory. Art thou the embodiment of the science of weapons, or art thou Rama that best of Brahmanas, or Indra himself, or Indra's younger brother Vishnu called also Achyuta, who for disguising himself hath assumed the form of a Brahmana and mustering such energy of arms fighteth with me? No other person except the husband himself of Sachi or Kiriti, the son of Pandu, is capable of fighting with me when I am angry on the field of battle.' Then hearing those words of his, Phalguna replied, saying, 'O Karna, I am neither the science of arms (personified), nor Rama endued with superhuman powers. I am only a Brahmana who is the foremost of all warriors and all wielders of weapons. By the grace of my preceptor I have become accomplished in the Brahma and the Paurandara weapons. I am here to vanquish thee in battle. Therefore, O hero, wait a little.'

    "Vaisampayana continued, 'Thus addressed (by Arjuna), Karna the adopted son of Radha desisted from the fight, for that mighty chariot-fighter thought that Brahma energy is ever invincible"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01193.htm

    INCIDENT 3-KARNA'S FEAR TO FACE BHIMASENA!

    Narrative:

    Then, O king, great fear entered the heart of Karna at sight of Bhima's prowess which resembled that of the Destroyer himself unto living creatures. Then Shalya, that ornament of assemblies, understanding the state of Karna's mind from a survey of his features, addressed that chastiser of foes in words suited to the hour, "Do not be grieved, O son of Radha!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08084.htm

    KARNA'S UNKEPT PROMISES & KARNA'S FAILURE TO SAVE HIS LOVED ONES FROM BEING SLAINED IN FRONT OF HIS EYES!

    1.)Karna was unable to save Dhritrashtra's 99 sons from being slained by Bhimasena despite promise to Dhritrashtra to protect & save his sons from being killed in battle by Pandavas!

    2.)Karna unable to save his son Vrishasena from being slained by Arjuna in front of his eyes!Arjuna challenged Karna & all kauravas to save Karna's son in order to seek revenge of Abhimanyu's slaughter by Karna during Arjuna's absence!

    Narrative:

    Arjuna with eyes red in wrath, that hero capable of slaying Yama himself if the latter fought with him, then laughed terribly and said unto Karna and all the other Kaurava heroes headed by Duryodhana and Drona's son, these words, "Today, O Karna, in thy very sight in this battle, I will despatch the fierce Vrishasena unto Yama's abode with my keen arrows! People say that all of you, united together, slew my son, endued with great activity, in my absence, and while he was alone and unsupported on his car. I, however, will slay thy son in the very sight of you all. Let all the Kaurava car-warriors protect him. I will slay the fierce Vrishasena. After that, I will slay thee, O fool, even I, Arjuna, in the midst of battle! Today I will, in battle, slay thee that art the root of this quarrel and that hast become so proud in consequence of Duryodhana's patronage. Putting forth my strength, I will certainly slay thee in this battle, and Bhimasena will slay this Duryodhana, this wretch among men, through whose evil policy this quarrel born of dice hath arisen." Having said these words, Arjuna rubbed the string of his bow and took aim at Vrishasena in that battle, and sped, O king, a number of shafts for the slaughter of Karna's son. The diadem-decked Arjuna then, fearlessly and with great force, pierced Vrishasena with ten shafts in all his vital limbs. With four fierce razor-headed arrows he cut off Vrishasena's bow and two arms and head. Struck with Partha's shafts, the son of Karna, deprived of arms and head, fell down on the earth from his car, like a gigantic shala adorned with flowers falling down from a mountain summit. Beholding his son, thus struck with arrows, fall down from his vehicle, the Suta's son Karna, endued with great activity and scorched with grief on account of the death of his son, quickly proceeded on his car, inspired with wrath, against the car of the diadem-decked Partha.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08085.htm

    3.)Karna unable to save his younger brother from being slained by Abhimanyu in front of his eyes!

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya said, 'Then the younger brother of Karna, uttering loud roars, bow in hand, and repeatedly stretching the bow-string, quickly placed himself between those two illustrious warriors. And Karna's brother, with ten shafts, pierced invincible Abhimanyu and his umbrella and standard and charioteer and steeds, smiling the while. Beholding Abhimanyu thus afflicted with those arrows, although he had achieved those superhuman feats in the manner of his sire and grandsire, the warriors of thy army were filled with delight. Then Abhimanyu, forcibly bending the bow and smiling the while, with one winged arrow cut off his antagonist's head. That head, severed from the trunk, fell down on the earth. Beholding his brother slain and overthrown, like a Karnikara tree shaken and thrown down by the wind from the mountain top, Karna, O monarch, was filled with pain. Meanwhile, the son of Subhadra, causing Karna by means of his arrows to turn away from the field, quickly rushed against the other great bowmen. Then Abhimanyu of fierce energy and great fame, filled with wrath, broke that host of diverse forces abounding with elephants and steeds and cars and infantry. As regards Karna, afflicted by Abhimanyu with countless shafts, he fled away from the field borne by swift steeds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07038.htm

    4.)Karna alongwith other kaurvas unable to stop arjuna from reaching jayadratha..Arjuna vanquished alone 7 akshohinis of kaurav army out of 11 in 1 day to revenge abhimanyu death!!

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya continued, 'Thus urged by
    Bhima and Kesava, Savyasachin
    prevailing over Drona and Karna,
    began to resist the foe all round.
    Many foremost of Kshatriyas (among
    the Kurus), putting forth all their
    prowess, failed to withstand Arjuna
    who advanced at the very van of his
    troops, and who, like a raging
    conflagration, was consuming the
    foremost ones among his foes. Then
    Duryodhana and Karna, and Sakuni,
    the son of Suvala, covered Kunti's
    son, Dhananjaya, with showers of
    shafts. Baffling the weapons of all
    those warriors, that foremost of all
    persons well-skilled in weapons, O
    monarch, covered them (in return)
    with his shafts. Aiming at their
    weapons with his (and thus baffling
    them all), Arjuna, endued with great
    lightness of hand and possessing a
    complete control over his senses,
    pierced every one of those warriors
    with ten keen-pointed shafts.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07183.htm

    5.)Karna unable to stop Arjuna from slaying jayadratha despite promise to Duryodhana that he will save Jayadratha at any cost from Arjuna :

    Narrative:

    "Then Pandavas, O monarch, and the
    Panchalas, celebrated for their
    prowess, beholding the mighty-
    armed Karna, loudly shouted, saying,
    'There is Karna,' ' Where is Karna in
    this fierce battle.'–' O thou of wicked
    understanding, O lowest of men,
    fight with us!"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07155.htm

    6.)Karna was unable to save his brother from being vanquished in Virata Yudh from Arjuna!

    7.)Karna's failure to save Dushasena from being torn apart by Bhimasena in front of Karna's eyes!

    Narrative:

    Upon the fall of his brother Citrasena, Karna, filled with wrath and displaying his prowess, put the Pandava host to flight, at which Nakula rushed against that warrior of immeasurable energy. Bhima, having slain there (at the very sight of Karna) the vindictive Duhshasana, took up a little quantity of his blood, and, endued with stentorian lungs, he said these words in the hearing of all those foremost of heroes of the world, "O wretch amongst men, here I drink thy life-blood from thy throat. Filled with joy, abuse us once more, saying 'beast, beast' (as thou didst before).
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08083.htm

    8.)Karna's failure to rescue his brother Citrasena from being slained by Yudhamanyu!

    Narrative:

    Then the (Pancala) prince Yudhamanyu, at the head of his troops, fearlessly pursued the retreating Citrasena and pierced him with seven keen shafts, quickly sped one after another. At this, like a trampled snake of great energy repeatedly darting out its tongue and desirous of vomiting its poison, Citrasena turned back and pierced the Pancala prince with three shafts and his driver with six. The brave Yudhamanyu then struck off his enemy's head with a shaft equipped with goodly wings and an exceedingly keen point and sped with great care from his bow drawn to its fullest stretch. Upon the fall of his brother Citrasena, Karna, filled with wrath!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08083.htm

    9.)Karna's failure to save his son Sushasena & other son Bhanusena from being slained by Bhimasena in front of his eyes!

    Narrative:

    Then Vrikodara of terrible prowess, taking up another tough bow and stringing it quickly, cut off Sushena's bow. Excited with rage and as if dancing (on his car), he quickly pierced Sushena himself with ten arrows, and then pierced Karna, within the twinkling of an eye, with seventy sharp shafts. With ten other shafts, Bhima then felled Bhanusena, another son of Karna, with his steeds, driver, weapons, and standard, in the very sight of the latter's friends. The sightly head of that youth, graced with a face as beautiful as the Moon, cut off with a razor-headed arrow, looked like a lotus plucked from its stalk. Having slain Karna's son, Bhima began to afflict thy troops once more.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08048.htm

    10.)Karna's failure to save Durmukha from being slained by Bhimasena in front of Karna's eyes:

    Narrative:

    Beholding Durmukha desirous of supporting the Suta's son in that battle, the son of the Wind god was filled with delight and began to lick the corners of his mouth. Then resisting Karna the while with his shafts, the son of Pandu quickly drove his car towards Durmukha. And in that moment, O king, with nine straight arrows of keen points, Bhima despatched Durmukha to Yama's abode, Upon Durmukha's slaughter, the son of Adhiratha mounted upon the car of that prince and looked resplendent, O king, like the blazing sun. Beholding Durmukha lying prostrate on the field, his very vital pierced (with shafts) and his body bathed in blood, Karna with tearful eyes abstained for a moment from the fight.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07130.htm

    11.)Karna frustated of not being able to save his sons from being slained by Bhimasena in front of his eyes:

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya said, 'Beholding thy sons lying (on the field), Karna of great prowess filled with great wrath, became hopeless about his life. And Adhiratha's son regarded himself guilty, seeing thy sons slain before his eyes in battle by Bhima. Then Bhimasena, recollecting the wrongs formerly inflicted by Karna, became filled with rage and began with deliberate care to pierce Karna with many keen arrows.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07132.htm

    12.)Arjuna slay 3 brothers of Karna in front of Karna's eyes & Karna unable to save them:

    Narrative:

    Then Arjuna piercing Karna with seven shafts, despatched the latter's younger brother by means of his sharp shafts. Slaying Satrunjaya thus with six arrows, Partha, with a broad-headed shaft, struck off Vipatha's head as the latter stood on his car. In the very sight of the Dhritarashtras, therefore, as also of the Suta's son, the three uterine brothers of the latter were despatched by Arjuna unaided by any one.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07030.htm

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  3. For all Karna's Fans & Arjuna Haters & for all those who freely abuse lord

    Krishna & Arjuna on public forum:

    >>MORE UPDATED:

    NOTE-ALL NEW LATEST UPDATED NARRATIVES & POSTS ARE MARKED BY SYMBOL" (>>U)"

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    ON PUBLIC DOMAIN:

    Incident 1:Karna fled from battlefield from Arjuna(Virata Yudh):
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04060.htm

    Incident 2:Karna defeated by Gandharwa chitrasena:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03239.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03240.htm

    Incident 3:Arjuna defeat Ghandarwas & rescued Duryodhan & Kurus:

    (Note Karna was not drunk when he fought with the gandharwas as some stupid

    karna lovers claimed..Infact none of the warriors were drunk..read the

    narrative urself & find out the truth)
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03243.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03244.htm

    (>>U) KARNA HIMSELF ACCEPTING BEFORE DURYODHANA THE FACT THAT HE FLED THE

    BATTLEFIELD FROM GANDHARWAS IN FRONT OF DURYODHANA'S EYES:

    Narrative:

    "As regards myself, assailed by all the Gandharvas, I fled before thy eyes,

    unable to rally our flying host. Assailed by the foe with all his might, my

    body mangled with their arrows, I sought safety in flight. This however, O

    Bharata, seemed to me to be a great marvel that I behold you all come safe

    and sound in body, with your wives, troops, and vehicles, out of that

    super-human encounter. O Bharata, there is another man in this world who can

    achieve what thou, O king, hast achieved in battle to-day with thy

    brothers."

    Vaisampayana continued, "Thus addressed by Karna, king Duryodhana replied

    unto the ruler of the Angas in a voice choked with tears."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03245.htm

    Incident 4:Karna defeated & freightened by Abhimanyu in chakruvyuhu:

    Narrative:

    Hearing these words, Karna, afflicted with the shafts of Arjuna's son, once

    more said unto Drona, 'Exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Abhimanyu, I

    am staying in battle, only because (as a warrior) I should stay here.

    Indeed, the arrows of this south of great energy are exceedingly fierce.

    Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are

    weakening my heart.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    KARNA AGAIN FLED FROM BATTLEFIELD..THIS TIME FROM ABHIMANYU:

    NARRATIVE:

    Karna, O monarch, was filled with pain. Meanwhile, the son of Subhadra,

    causing Karna by means of his arrows to turn away from the field, quickly

    rushed against the other great bowmen. Then Abhimanyu of fierce energy and

    great fame, filled with wrath, broke that host of diverse forces abounding

    with elephants and steeds and cars and infantry. As regards Karna, afflicted

    by Abhimanyu with countless shafts, he fled away from the field borne by

    swift steeds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07038.htm

    Incident 5:Karna's defeat at Draupadi Swayamvar by Arjuna!

    Narrative:

    "And incensed at finding the strength and energy of Arjuna's arms unequalled

    on the earth, Karna, the son of Surya, fought with greater vigour. And

    parrying all those impetuous arrows shot at him by Arjuna, Karna sent up a

    loud shout. And this feat of his was applauded by all the warriors. Then

    addressing his antagonist, Karna said, 'O thou foremost of Brahmanas, I am

    gratified to observe the energy of thy arms that knoweth no relaxation in

    battle and thy weapons themselves fit for achieving victory. Art thou the

    embodiment of the science of weapons, or art thou Rama that best of

    Brahmanas, or Indra himself, or Indra's younger brother Vishnu called also

    Achyuta, who for disguising himself hath assumed the form of a Brahmana and

    mustering such energy of arms fighteth with me? No other person except the

    husband himself of Sachi or Kiriti, the son of Pandu, is capable of fighting

    with me when I am angry on the field of battle.' Then hearing those words of

    his, Phalguna replied, saying, 'O Karna, I am neither the science of arms

    (personified), nor Rama endued with superhuman powers. I am only a Brahmana

    who is the foremost of all warriors and all wielders of weapons. By the

    grace of my preceptor I have become accomplished in the Brahma and the

    Paurandara weapons. I am here to vanquish thee in battle. Therefore, O hero,

    wait a little.'

    "Vaisampayana continued, 'Thus addressed (by Arjuna), Karna the adopted son

    of Radha desisted from the fight, for that mighty chariot-fighter thought

    that Brahma energy is ever invincible."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01193.htm

    INCIDENT 6-KARNA'S DEFEAT BY PANCHALA KING DRUPADA:

    (PLEASE DONT GET FOOLED BY THE STAR PLUS FACTUALLY INCORRECT FILMY

    MAHABHARAT WHERE IT WAS SHOWN KARNA DIDNT ACCOMPANY DURYODHAN FOR GURU

    DRONA'S GURUDAKSHINA & KARNA WAS ASKED NOT TO PARTICIPATE AGAINST DRUPADA'S

    PANACHALA ARMY BY DRONACHARYA!)

    NARRATIVE:

    "But the mighty bowman, Prishata's son, invincible in battle, though very

    much pierced with the arrows of the enemy, instantly began, O Bharata,to

    afflict the hostile ranks with greater vigour. And careering over the field

    of battle like a fiery wheel, king Drupada with his arrows smote Duryodhana

    and Vikarna and even the mighty Karna and many other heroic princes and

    numberless warriors, and slaked their thirst for battle."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01141.htm

    Arjuna later defeat Panchala King Drupada!!

    (>>U) INCIDENT 7:Karna Vanquished in battle by Arjuna:

    Narrative:

    Sanjaya said, Upon the fall, O king, of the ruler of the Sindhus, thy son

    Suyodhana, his face bedewed with tears, and himself filled with grief and

    breathing hot sighs like a snake whose fangs have been broken, that offender

    against the whole world, viz., thy son, experienced bitter affliction.

    Beholding that great terrible slaughter of his troops caused by Jishnu and

    Bhimasena and Satwata in battle, he became pale, dejected and melancholy,

    and his eyes became filled with tears. And he came to think no warrior

    existed on the earth that could be compared with Arjuna. Neither Drona, nor

    the son of Radha, nor Aswatthaman, nor Kripa, O sire, is competent to stand

    before Arjuna when the latter is excited with wrath, And Suyodhana, said

    unto himself, 'Having vanquished in battle all the mighty car-warriors of my

    army, Partha slew the ruler of the Sindhus. None could resist him. This my

    vast host hath almost been exterminated by the Pandavas. I think, there is

    no one that can protect my army, no, not even Purandara himself. He, relying

    upon whom I have been engaged in this passage-at-arms in battle, alas, that

    Karna hath been defeated in battle and Jayadratha slain. That Karna relying

    upon whose energy I regarded Krishna as straw who came to sue me for peace,

    alas, that Karna hath been vanquished in battle.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07146.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 8:Karna again defeated by Arjuna:

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya continued, 'Beholding the son of Pandu rushing towards him like an

    elephant towards a rival elephant, Karna fearlessly proceeded

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    against Dhananjaya. Partha, however, soon covered Karna who was thus

    advancing with great impetuosity, with showers of straight shafts, equipped

    with wings of gold. Karna also covered Vijaya with his shafts. The son of

    Pandu then once more shrouded Karna with clouds of arrows. Then Karna,

    filled with rage, pierced Arjuna with three shafts. The mighty car-warrior,

    Arjuna, beholding Karna's lightness of hand, could not brook it. That

    scorcher of foes shot at the Suta's son thirty straight shafts, whetted on

    stone and equipped with blazing points. Endued with great might and energy,

    he also pierced him, in rage, with another long arrow on the wrist of his

    left arm, smiling the while. Karna's bow then dropped from that arm of his,

    which had thus been pierced with great force. Then the mighty Karna, taking

    up that bow within the twinkling of an eye, once more covered Phalguna with

    clouds of shafts, displaying great lightness of hard. Dhananjaya then, O

    Bharata, smiling the while, baffled with his own shafts, that arrowy shower

    shot by the Suta's son. Approaching each other, those two great bowmen,

    desirous of counteracting each other's feats, continued to cover each other

    with showers of shafts. The battle that took place between them, viz., Karna

    and the son of Pandu, became exceedingly wonderful, like that between the

    two wild elephants for the sake of a she-elephant in her season. Then the

    mighty bowman Partha, beholding Karna's prowess, quickly cut of the latter's

    bow at the handle. And he also despatched the four steeds of the Suta's son

    to Yama's abode with a number of broad-headed shafts. And that scorcher of

    foes also cut off from the trunk the head of Karna's driver. Then, the son

    of Pandu and Pritha pierced the bowless, the steedless, and the driverless

    Karna with four shafts. Then that bull among men Karna, afflicted with those

    shafts, specially jumping down from that steedless car, mounted upon that of

    Kripa. Beholding the son of Radha vanquished, thy, warriors, O bull of

    Bharata's race, fled away in all directions.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07155.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 9:Karna saved by Ashwathama from Arjuna:

    Narrative:

    Then the ape-bannered (Arjuna), urged by Kesava, shot at the Suta's son, O

    king, many shafts whetted on stone. Those arrows adorned with gold, shot by

    Partha's arms and issuing out of Gandiva, entered Karna's body, like cranes

    into the Krauncha mountains. With those arrows shot from Gandiva which

    entered Karna's body like so many snakes, Dhananjaya drove the Suta's son

    from Bhimasena's vicinity. His bow cut off by Bhima, and himself afflicted

    with the arrows of Dhananjaya, Karna quickly fled away from Bhima on his

    great car. Bhimasena also, O bull among men, mounting upon Satyaki's car,

    proceeded in that battle in the wake of his brother Savyasachin, the son of

    Pandu. Then Dhananjaya, with eyes red in wrath, aiming at Karna, quickly

    sped a shaft like the Destroyer urging forward Death's self. That shaft shot

    from Gandiva, like Garuda in the welkin in quest of a mighty snake, quickly

    coursed towards Karna. The son of Drona, however, that mighty car-warrior,

    with a winged arrow of his, cut it off in mid-air, desirous of rescuing

    Karna from fear of Dhananjaya. Then Arjuna, excited with wrath, pierced the

    son of Drona with four and sixty arrows, O king, and addressing him, said,

    'Do not fly away, O Aswathaman, but wait a moment.' Drona's son, however,

    afflicted with the shafts of Dhananjaya, quickly entered a division of the

    Kaurava army that abounded with infuriated elephants and teemed with cars.

    The mighty son of Kunti, then, with the twang of Gandiva, drowned the noise

    made in that battle by all other twangings of bows, of shafts decked with

    gold. Then, the mighty Dhananjaya followed from behind the son of Drona who

    had not retreated to a great distance, frightening him all the way with his

    shafts. Piercing with his shafts, winged with the feathers of Kankas and

    peacocks, the bodies of men and elephants and steeds, Arjuna began to grind

    that force. Indeed, O chief of the Bharatas, Partha, the son of Indra, began

    to exterminate that host teeming with steeds and elephants and men.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07135.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 10: Karna again defeated by Arjuna & was rescued by

    Ashwathama again who took Karna on his chariot after Karna's cart was

    destroyed & his steeds were killed by Arjuna!

    Narrative:

    "Then the mighty-armed Phalguna, in that battle, pierced Karna, the son of

    Vikartana, in all his limbs with a hundred arrows. All his limbs bathed in

    blood, the Suta's son of great prowess and bravery, pierced Phalguna in

    return with fifty arrows. Beholding that lightness of hand displayed by him

    in battle, Arjuna brooked it not. Cutting off his bow, that hero, viz.,

    Dhananjaya, the son of Pritha, quickly pierced Karna in the centre of the

    chest with nine arrows, Then Dhananjaya, with great speed at a time, when

    speed was necessary shot in that battle a shaft of solar effulgence for the

    destruction of Karna. Drona's son, however, with a crescent-shaped arrow,

    cut off that shaft as it coursed impetuously (towards Karna). Thus cut off

    by Aswatthaman, that shaft fell down on the earth. Endued with great

    prowess, the Suta's son, then, O king, took up another bow, and covered the

    son of Pandu with several thousands of arrows. Partha, however, like the

    wind dispersing flight of locusts, dispelled with his own arrows that

    extraordinary shower of arrows issuing out of Karna's bow. Then Arjuna,

    displaying his lightness of hands, covered Karna, in that battle, with his

    arrows, in the very sight of all thy troops. Karna also, that slayer of

    hosts, desirous of counteracting Arjuna's feat, covered Arjuna with several

    thousands of arrows. Roaring at each other like two bulls, those lions among

    men, those mighty car-warriors, shrouded the welkin with clouds of straight

    shafts. Each rendered invisible by the other's arrowy showers, they

    continued to strike each other. And they roared at each other and pierced

    each other with their wordy darts, saying, 'I am Partha, wait'–or, 'I am

    Karna, wait', O Phalguna! Indeed these two heroes fought with each other

    wonderfully, displaying great activity and skill. And the sight they

    presented was such that other warriors became witnesses of that battle. And

    applauded by Siddhas, Charnas and Pannagas, they fought with each other, O

    king, each desirous of slaying the other. Then Duryodhana, O king addressing

    thy warriors, said, 'Carefully protect the son of Radha! Without slaying

    Arjuna he would not abstain from battle. Even this is what Vrisha told me.'

    Meanwhile, O monarch, beholding the prowess of Karna, Arjuna, of white

    steeds, with four shafts shot from the bow-string drawn to the ear,

    despatched the four steeds of Karna to Yama's domain. And he also felled

    with a broad-headed arrow, Karna's charioteer from his niche in the car. And

    he covered Karna himself with clouds of shafts in the very sight of thy son.

    Thus shrouded with arrows the steedless and driverless Karna, stupefied by

    that arrowy shower, knew not what to do. Beholding him made carless,

    Aswatthaman, O king, caused him to ride on his car, and continued to fight

    with Arjuna."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07141.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 11:Karna alongwith other kaurvas unable to stop arjuna from

    reaching jayadratha..Arjuna vanquished alone 7 akshohinis of kaurav army out

    of 11 in 1 day to revenge abhimanyu death!!

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya continued, 'Thus urged by
    Bhima and Kesava, Savyasachin
    prevailing over Drona and Karna,
    began to resist the foe all round.
    Many foremost of Kshatriyas (among
    the Kurus), putting forth all their
    prowess, failed to withstand Arjuna
    who advanced at the very van of his
    troops, and who, like a raging
    conflagration, was consuming the
    foremost ones among his foes. Then
    Duryodhana and Karna, and Sakuni,
    the son of Suvala, covered Kunti's
    son, Dhananjaya, with showers of
    shafts. Baffling the weapons of all
    those warriors, that foremost of all
    persons well-skilled in weapons, O
    monarch, covered them (in return)
    with his shafts. Aiming at their
    weapons with his (and thus baffling
    them all), Arjuna, endued with great
    lightness of hand and possessing a
    complete control over his senses,
    pierced every one of those warriors
    with ten keen-pointed shafts.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07183.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 12:Karna unable to stop arjuna from slaying jayadratha:

    Narrative:

    "Then Pandavas, O monarch, and the
    Panchalas, celebrated for their
    prowess, beholding the mighty-
    armed Karna, loudly shouted, saying,
    'There is Karna,' ' Where is Karna in
    this fierce battle.'–' O thou of wicked
    understanding, O lowest of men,
    fight with us!"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07155.htm

    (>>U) INCIDENT 13:Arjuna jointly attacked by

    Karna,Drona,Ashwathama,Kripacharya,Vrishasena,sons of

    Somadatta,Shalya,Jayadratha & Arjuna resisted single handedly entire Kaurava

    Host:

    Narrative:

    "The son of Drona struck Vasudeva with three and seventy shafts, and Arjuna

    himself with three broad-headed shafts, and his standard and (four) steeds

    with five others. Beholding Janardana pierced, Arjuna, filled with rage,

    struck Aswatthaman with hundred shafts. Then piercing Karna with ten arrows

    and Vrishasena with three, the valiant Dhananjaya cut off Salya's bow with

    arrows fixed on the string, at the handle. Salya then, taking up another

    bow, pierced the son of Pandu. And Bhurisravas pierced him with three arrows

    whetted on stone, and equipped with golden wings. And Karna pierced him with

    two and thirty arrows, and Vrishasena with seven. And Jayadratha pierced

    Arjuna with three and seventy shafts and Kripa pierced him with ten. And the

    ruler of the Madras also pierced Phalguna in that battle with ten arrows.

    And the son of Drona pierced him with sixty arrows. And he, once more,

    pierced Partha with five arrows, and Vasudeva with twenty. Then the tiger

    among men, viz., Arjuna owning white steeds and having Krishna for his

    driver, pierced each of those warriors in return, displaying the lightness

    of his hand. Piercing Karna with a dozen shafts and Vrishasena with three,

    Partha cut off Salya's bow at the handle. And piercing the son of Somadatta

    with three arrows and Salya with ten, he pierced Kripa with five and twenty

    arrows, and the ruler of the Sindhus with a hundred, Partha struck Drona's

    son with seventy arrows. Then Bhurisravas filled with rage, cut off the goad

    in Krishna's hand, and struck Arjuna with three and twenty shafts. Then

    Dhananjaya, of white steeds, filled with rage, mangled those enemies of his

    with hundreds upon hundreds of arrows, like a mighty tempest tearing masses

    of clouds.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07100.htm

    What Karna's own friend Ashwathama & kripacharya think of karna:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04049.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04050.htm

    what Lord Krishna think of karna's bravery in encounter with Abhimanyu:

    Krishna said(To Arjuna):.I swear by Truth to thee, O friend, that my limbs

    are burning at the thought that while the son of Subhadra was thus

    advancing,consuming the hostile army with his shafts, even on that occasion

    the wicked-souled Karna was engaged in acts of hostility to that

    hero,Unable, O Partha, to stay in that battle before Abhimanyu's face,

    mangled with the shafts of Subhadra's son, deprived of consciousness, and

    bathed in blood, Karna drew
    deep breaths, inflamed with rage. At last, afflicted with arrows, he was
    obliged to turn his back upon the field.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08073.htm

    & Finally karna himself accepting Arjuna's supeority:

    Narrative:

    "'Karna said(about Arjuna), "As far as I have heard,
    such a superior car-warrior has
    never been born on earth! Behold
    my prowess, since I will contend in
    battle with even that Partha who is
    such. This prince of Kuru's line, this
    foremost of car-warriors, careers in
    battle, borne by his steeds white in
    hue. Perhaps he will despatch me to
    Yama's abode today. Know, however,
    that with Karna's death, these all
    will be exterminated. The two arms
    of this prince are never covered with
    sweat. They never tremble. They are
    massive and covered with cicatrices.
    Firm in the use of weapons, he is
    possessed of great skill and endued
    with great lightness of hands.
    Indeed, there is no warrior equal to
    the son of Pandu. He taketh a large
    number of arrows and shooteth them
    as if they were one. Quickly fixing
    them on the bow-string, he
    propelleth them to the distance of
    two miles. They always fall on the
    foe. What warriors is there on earth
    that is equal to him? That Atiratha,
    endued with great activity, with
    Krishna as his ally, gratified the god
    Agni at Khandava. There, on that
    occasion, the high-souled Krishna
    obtained his discus, and Savyasaci,
    the son of Pandu, obtained his bow
    Gandiva. There that mighty-armed
    one, endued with might that knows
    no decay, also obtained his terrible
    car unto which are yoked those white
    steeds, as also his two great
    celestial and inexhaustible quivers,
    and many celestial weapons, from
    the God of Fire. In the region of
    Indra he obtained his conch
    Devadatta and slew innumerable
    Daityas, and all the Kalakeyas. Who
    is there on earth that is superior to
    him? Possessed of greatness of soul,
    he gratified Mahadeva himself in fair
    fight, and obtained from him the
    terrible and mighty weapon Pasupata
    that is capable of destroying the
    three worlds. The several Regents of
    the world, united together gave him
    their weapons of immeasurable
    energy, with which that lion among
    men quickly destroyed in battle
    those united Asuras, the
    Kalakhanjas.

    So also, in Virata's city,
    moving on a single car he
    vanquished all of us, and snatched
    from us that wealth of kine, and took
    from all the foremost of car-warriors
    (portions of) their garments.
    Challenging that foremost of
    Kshatriyas, that hero having him of
    Vrishni's race for his ally, that
    warrior who is endued with such
    energy and such attributes, I regard
    myself, O Shalya, to be the foremost
    of persons in all the world in point
    of courage. He is, again, protected by
    that Keshava of great energy, who i
    Narayana himself and who is without
    a rival, that high-souled Vasudeva,
    that ever-victorious Vishnu armed
    with conch, discus, and mace, whose
    attributes all the world united
    together, cannot (in narrating)
    exhaust in 10,000 years. Beholding
    the two Krishnas together on the
    same car, fear entereth my heart
    together with courage. Partha is the
    foremost of all bowmen!

    Source:origial mahabharat by vyas..trans by km ganguly!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08079.htm

    FINAL KARNA ARJUNA BATTLE(DAY 17 OF MAHABHARATA):
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08089.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08090.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08091.htm

    ACCORDING TO MY ANALYSIS OF THIS TRANSLATION IN THE FINAL BATTLE OF

    MAHABHARATA,ARJUNA & KARNA ASSAULTED EACH OTHER 35 TIMES WITH NUMEROUS,

    THOUSANDS & LAKHS OF ARROWS ………8 TIMES THEY NULLIFIED EACH OTHER ARROWS ,12

    TIMES BOTH KARNA & ARJUNA PIERCED EACH OTHER BUT THE REMAINING 15 TIMES

    ARJUNA PIERCED KARNA IN EVERY PART OF HIS BODY & KARNA’S

    LIMBS,YOKE,STANDARD,STEEDS,CHARIOT WERE RIPPED APART & KARNA WAS LEFT

    MANGLED BATHED IN BLOOD & KARNA HAD NO ANSWER FOR ARJUNA’S ARROWS!!!AT THE

    TIME KARNA'S CHARIOT WHEELS WAS SWALLOWED BY BHOOMI,KARNA HAS SUFFERED A

    CLEAR DEFEAT!!

    SURPRISE GIFT FOR KARNA'S FANS….

    ITS CALLED "JOR KA JHATKA DHEERE SE"..

    KARNA'S SERIES OF MILITARY DEFEATS BY OTHER WARRIORS APART FROM ARJUNA &

    THAT TOO WHEN KARNA HAD THAT MUCH HYPED KAVACH KUNDAL WITH HIM!

    1.)KARNA DEFEAT BY BHIMASENA:

    NARRATIVE:

    Struck by Bhimasena, O perpetuator of Kuru's race, the Suta's son, that

    commander (of thy forces), sat down senseless on the terrace of his car.The

    ruler of the Madras then, beholding the Suta's son deprived of his senses,

    bore that ornament of battle away on his car, from that fight.

    Then after Karna's defeat, Bhimasena began to rout the vast Dhartarashtra

    host ike Indra routing the danavas.'"
    http://sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08050.htm

    2.)KARNA DEFEAT BY BHIMASENA(2ND TIME):

    NARRATIVE:

    Dhritrashtra said to Sanjaya:

    "Hearing, however, of the repeated defeat in battle of Karna by Bhimasena of

    terrible deeds, a swoon seems to come upon me, I think, the Kauravas to be

    already slain, in consequence of evil policy of my son. Karna will never

    succeed, O Sanjaya, in vanquishing those mighty bowmen, viz., the sons of

    Pritha. In all the battles that Karna has fought with the sons of Pandu,
    the latter have invariably defeated him on the field. Indeed, O son, the

    Pandavas are incapable of being vanquished by the very gods with Vasava at

    their head"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07129.htm

    PLEASE NOTE THAT KARNA WAS ALSO DEFEATED SEVERAL BY BHIMASENA IN RAJASUYA

    YAGNA DURING DIGVIJAY CEREMONY OF KARNA!

    (>>U) 3.)Karna's defeat by Bhimasena(3rd Time):

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya, said, 'While the mighty car-warriors Bhimasena was uttering those

    roars, mighty Karna, unable to bear them, rushed at him with a loud shout,

    stretching his bow with great force. Indeed, the mighty Karna, desirous of

    battle, displayed his strength and checked Bhima's course like a tall tree

    withstanding tempest. The heroic Bhima also, beholding Vikartana's son

    before him, suddenly blazed up in wrath and sped at him with great force

    many shafts whetted on stone. Karna received all those shafts and sped many

    in return. At that encounter between Bhima and Karna, hearing the sounds of

    their palms, the limbs of all the struggling combatants, car-warriors, and

    horsemen, began to tremble. Indeed, hearing the terrible roars of Bhimasena

    on the field of battle, even all the foremost of Kshatriyas regarded the

    whole earth and the welkin to be filled with that noise. And at the fierce

    peals uttered by the high-souled son of Pandu, the bows of all warriors in

    that battle dropped on the earth. And steeds and elephants, O king,

    dispirited, ejected urine and excreta. Various frightful omens of evil then

    made their appearance. The welkin was covered with flights of vultures and

    Kankas during that terrific encounter between Bhima and Karna. Then Karna

    struck Bhima with twenty arrows, and quickly pierced the latter's charioteer

    also with five. Smiling the while, the mighty and active Bhima then, in that

    battle, quickly sped at Karna four and sixty arrows. Then Karna, O king,

    sped four shafts at him. Bhima, by means of his straight shafts, cut them

    into many fragments, O king, displaying his lightness of hand. Then Karna

    covered him with dense showers of arrows. Thus covered by Karna, the mighty

    son of Pandu, however, cut off Karna's bow at the handle and then pierced

    Karna with ten straight arrows. The Suta's son then, that mighty car-warrior

    of terrible deeds, taking up another bow and stringing it quickly, pierced

    Bhima in that battle (with many shafts). Then Bhima, excited with rage,

    struck the Suta's son with great force on the chest with three straight

    shafts. With those arrows sticking at his breast, Karna looked beautiful, O

    bull of Bharata's race, like a mountain with three tall summits. Thus

    pierced with mighty shafts, blood began to flow from his wounds, like

    torrents of liquid red-chalk down the breast of a mountain. Afflicted with

    those shafts shot with great force, Karna became agitated a little. Fixing

    an arrow then on his bow, he pierced

    Bhima, again, O sire! And once more he began to shoot arrows by hundreds and

    thousands. Suddenly shrouded with shafts by that firm bowman, viz., Karna,

    the son of Pandu, smiling the while, cut off Karna's bow-string. And then

    with a broad-headed arrow, he despatched Karna's charioteer to the abode of

    Yama. And that mighty car-warrior, viz., Bhima, deprived the four steeds

    also of Karna of their lives. The mighty car-warrior Karna then speedily

    jumping down, O king, from his steedless car, mounted the car of Vrishasena.

    The valiant Bhimasena then, having vanquished Karna in battle, uttered a

    loud shout deep as the roar of the clouds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07125.htm

    (>>U) Narrative:

    "Dhritarashtra said, 'How raged that battle, in the neighbourhood of

    Arjuna's car, between those two mighty car-warriors, viz., Bhima and Karna,

    both of whom are endued with great strength? Once before Karna had been

    vanquished by Bhimasena in battle."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07127.htm

    (>>U) 4.)Karna's defeat by Bhimasena(4th time):

    The mighty-armed Bhima could not brook that conduct, in battle, of the

    mighty-armed Karna. Rolling his eyes ill wrath, he pierced Karna with five

    and twenty long shafts. Thereupon, Karna looked like a white mountain with

    many snakes of virulent poison (hanging from its sides). And once more,

    Bhimasena, endued with the prowess of a celestial, pierced the Suta's son

    who was prepared to lay down his life in battle, with six and then with

    eight arrows. And, again, with another arrow, the valiant Bhimasena quickly

    cut off Karna's bow, smiling the while. And he slew also with his shafts the

    four steeds of Karna and then his charioteer, and then pierced Karna himself

    in the chest with a number of long shafts endued with the effulgence of the

    sun. Those winged shafts, piercing through Karna's body, entered the earth,

    like the rays of the sun piercing through the clouds. Afflicted with arrows

    and his bow cut off, Karna, though proud of his manliness, felt great pain

    and proceeded to another car.'"

    (>>U) KARNA START WEEPING AFTER GETTING DEFEATED BY BHIMASENA..LOL:

    NARRATIVE:

    Then Karna, weeping in grief, circumambulated that son of thine, who,

    adorned with ornaments, lay on the earth, writhing like a snake. Bhima then,

    having made that deadly foe of his, viz., Karna, carless, smiling by covered

    him with shafts and made him look like a Sataghni with numberless spikes on

    it. The Atiratha Karna, however, that chastiser of foes, though thus pierced

    with arrows, did not yet avoid the enraged Bhima in battle.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07129.htm

    (>>U) Karna accepting he had been owned big time by Bhimasena..No other

    warrior has harassed Karna so much as Bhimasena:

    Narrative:

    Thus addressed by thy son, O sire, the son of Radha replied unto Duryodhana,

    that foremost one among the Kurus, in these words, 'Deeply hath my body been

    pierced in battle by the brave bowman Bhimasena, capable of striking

    vigorously with repeated showers of arrows. O giver of honours, that I am

    yet present in battle is because that one like me should be present here.

    Scorched with the powerful shafts of Bhimasena, every limb of mine is

    suffering from torturing pain I shall, however, for all that, fight to the

    best of my

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    powers. My life itself is for thee. I shall strive my best so that this

    foremost one of the sons of Pandu may not succeed in slaying the ruler of

    the Sindhus. As long as I shall fight, shooting my whetted shafts, the

    heroic Dhananjaya, capable of drawing the bow with even his left hand, will

    not succeed in getting at the ruler of the Sindhus.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07141.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07127.htm

    5.)KARNA'S DEFEAT BY PANCHALA KING DRUPADA:

    (PLEASE DONT GET FOOLED BY THE STAR PLUS FACTUALLY INCORRECT FILMY

    MAHABHARAT WHERE IT WAS SHOWN KARNA DIDNT ACCOMPANY DURYODHAN FOR GURU

    DRONA'S GURUDAKSHINA & KARNA WAS ASKED NOT TO PARTICIPATE AGAINST DRUPADA'S

    PANACHALA ARMY BY DRONACHARYA!)

    NARRATIVE:

    "But the mighty bowman, Prishata's son, invincible in battle, though very

    much pierced with the arrows of the enemy, instantly began, O Bharata,to

    afflict the hostile ranks with greater vigour. And careering over the field

    of battle like a fiery wheel, king Drupada with his arrows smote Duryodhana

    and Vikarna and even the mighty Karna and many other heroic princes and

    numberless warriors, and slaked their thirst for battle."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01141.htm

    6.)KARNA'S DEFEAT BY SATYAKI:

    NARRATIVE:

    "Although all those warriors headed by Karna made strong efforts for slaying

    Satyaki, yet those foremost of car-warriors, failed to slay him. Drona's son

    and Kritavarman and other mighty car-warriors, as also hundreds of foremost

    Kshatriyas, were all vanquished by Satyaki with only one bow.
    That hero fought, desirous of benefiting king Yudhishthira the Just, and of

    attaining to heaven. Indeed, Satyaki, that crusher of foes, is equal to

    either of the two Krishnas in energy. Smiling the while, he vanquished all

    thy troops, O best of men! In this world, there are only three mighty

    bowmen, viz., Krishna, Partha, and Satyaki. There is no fourth to be seen."

    (>>U)Satyaki again harassing Karna:

    Narrative:

    Smiting the great host of Karna with whetted arrows, Satyaki penetrated into

    the vast and limitless army of the Bharatas.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07109.htm

    (>>U)Karna again saved by Duryodhana,Jayadratha & Drona from Satyaki:

    Narrative:

    The king Duryodhana, and Drona and Jayadratha, rescued Karna from the

    Satyaki-ocean, as the former was about to sink into it.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07030.htm

    ALSO SEE WHAT LORD KRISHNA THINK ABOUT KARNA'S STRENGTH:

    Narrative:

    "Thus addressed by Savyasachin, the mighty-armed Kesava, endued with great

    energy, replied in these opportune words, 'The mighty-armed Satyaki is

    singly a match for Karna, O son of Pandu!"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07143.htm

    7.)KARNA DEFEATED BY GANDHARWA CHITRASENA:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03239.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03240.htm

    8.)KARNA DEFEATED & FRIEGHTENED BY ABHIMANYU IN CHAKRAVYUHU:

    Narrative:

    Hearing these words, Karna, afflicted with the shafts of Arjuna's son, once

    more said unto Drona, 'Exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Abhimanyu, I

    am staying in battle, only because (as a warrior) I should stay here.

    Indeed, the arrows of this south of great energy are exceedingly fierce.

    Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are

    weakening my heart.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    (>>U)Furthur defeats of Karna by Abhimanyu:

    Narrative:

    Then Abhimanyu, excessively pierced by those great bowmen with their

    straight shafts, shot shafts at Karna which was capable of piercing through

    every armour and body. That shaft, piercing through Karna's coat of mail and

    then his body, entered the earth like a snake piercing through an anthill.

    Deeply pierced, Karna felt great pain and became perfectly helpless. Indeed,

    Karna began to tremble in that battle like a hill during an earthquake.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07035.htm

    (>>U)Narrative:

    "Sanjaya said, 'Phalguni's son once more pierced Karna in the car with a

    barbed arrow, and for angering him still further, he pierced him with fifty

    other shafts. The son of Radha pierced Abhimanyu in return with as many

    shafts. Covered all over with arrows, Abhimanyu, then, O sire, looked

    exceedingly beautiful. Filled with rage, he caused Karna also to be bathed

    in blood. Mangled with arrows and covered with blood, the brave Karna also

    shone greatly. 2 Both of them pierced with arrows, both bathed in blood,

    those illustrious warriors then resembled a couple of flowering Kinsukas.

    The son of Subhadra then slew six of Karna's brave counsellors, conversant

    with all modes of warfare, with their steeds and charioteers and cars.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    9.)KARNA AGAIN FLED FROM BATTLEFIELD..THIS TIME FROM ABHIMANYU:

    NARRATIVE:

    Karna, O monarch, was filled with pain. Meanwhile, the son of Subhadra,

    causing Karna by means of his arrows to turn away from the field, quickly

    rushed against the other great bowmen. Then Abhimanyu of fierce energy and

    great fame, filled with wrath, broke that host of diverse forces abounding

    with elephants and steeds and cars and infantry. As regards Karna, afflicted

    by Abhimanyu with countless shafts, he fled away from the field borne by

    swift steeds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07038.htm

    KARNA WAS DEFEATED DESPITE HAVING THESE ADVANTAGES:

    1.)KARNA HAD THAT MUCH FAMED "IMPENETRABLE KAVACH" WITH HIM!

    2.)KARNA WAS FIGHTING WITH LOWER CLASS WARRIORS AS COMPARED TO ARJUNA!

    3.)NO CURSE OF BRAHMAN OR PURSHURAM WAS INTERFERING WITH KARNA'S CAMPAIGN!

    4.)NO SO CALLED "LORD KRISHNA HELP" WAS PROVIDED TO KARNA OPPONENTS!

    5.)KARNA WAS CARRYING THE MIGHTY 'VIJAYA DHANUSH' & VARIETY OF DIVYASTRAS

    PROVIDED BY PURSHURAM UNLIKE HIS OPPONENTS!

    KARNA CREATED WORLD RECORD OF FLEEING BATTLEFIELD:

    KARNA HAD FLED FROM BATTLEFIELD MANY TIMES & ITS A FACT ON GROUND WHICH CANT

    BE DENIED AT ANY COST!REALLY SHOCKING KARNA FLED THE BATTLEFIELD DESPITE THE

    ASSURANCE FROM SURYADEVA THAT TILL KARNA HAD THAT KAVACH KUNDAL,NOBODY SHALL

    BE ABLE TO KILL KARNA!SO ITS REALLY SHOCKING WHAT MADE KARNA FLEE THE

    BATTLEFIELD DESPITE HAVING THAT KAVACH KUNDAL WITH HIM!

    KARNA FLED 4 TIMES FROM ARJUNA & RAN FROM THE BATTLEFIELD:

    1ST TIME:

    Narrative:

    "Vaisampayana said, 'After the son of Radha had fled from the field, other

    warriors headed by Duryodhana, one after another, fell upon the son of Pandu

    with their respective divisions.

    Narrative:

    "And, lastly, he(Arjuna) pierced Karna in the ear with a bearded shaft. And

    when that great bowmen Karna, skilled in all weapons, was thus pierced, and

    his horses and car and car-driver were all destroyed, the troops that

    supported him began to break.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04055.htm

    2ND TIME:

    Narrative:

    And the diadem-decked Arjuna also covered Karna with a thick down-pour of

    keen-edged shafts. And the two heroes stationed on their cars, creating

    clouds of keen-edged arrows in a combat carried on by means of countless

    shafts and weapons, appeared to the spectators like the sun and the moon

    covered by clouds, and the light-handed Karna, unable to bear the sight of

    the foe, pierced the four horses of the diadem-decked hero with whetted

    arrows, and then struck his car-driver with three shafts, and his flagstaff

    also with three. Thus struck, that grinder of all adversaries in battle,

    that bull of the Kuru race, Jishnu wielding the Gandiva, like a lion awaked

    from slumber, furiously attacked Kama by means of straight-going arrows. And

    afflicted by the arrowy shower (of Karna), that illustrious achiever of

    super-human deeds soon displayed a thick shower of arrows in return. And he

    covered Karna's car with countless shafts like the sun covering the

    different worlds with rays. And like a lion attacked by an elephant, Arjuna,

    taking some keen crescent-shaped arrows from out of his quiver and drawing

    his bow to his ear, pierced the Suta's son on every part of his body. And

    that grinder of foes pierced Karna's arms and thighs and head and forehead

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    and neck and other principal parts of his body with whetted shafts endued

    with the impetuosity of the thunderbolt and shot from the Gandiva in battle.

    And mangled and afflicted by the arrows shot by Partha the son of Pandu,

    Vikartana's son, quitted the van of battle, and quickly took to flight, like

    one elephant vanquished by another.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04054.htm

    3RD TIME:

    Narrative:

    'Having said these words unto Karna, the invincible Vibhatsu rushed at him

    and charged a volley, of shafts capable of penetrating through a coat of

    mail. But that mighty car-warrior, Karna, received with great alacrity that

    discharge with an arrowy shower of his own, heavy as the downpour of the

    clouds. And that fierce volley of arrows covered all sides and severally

    pierced the steeds and arms and leathern fences of the combatants. And

    incapable of putting up with that assault, Arjuna cut off the strings of

    Karna's quiver by means of a straight and sharp arrow. Thereupon, taking out

    from his quiver another arrow, Karna pierced the Pandava in the hand at

    which the latter's hold of the bow was loosened. And then the mighty-armed

    Partha cut off Karna's bow into fragments. And Karna replied by hurling a

    dart at his adversary, but Arjuna cut it off by means of his arrows. And

    then the warriors that followed the son of Radha rushed in crowds at Arjuna,

    but Partha sent them all to the abode of Yama by means of arrows shot from

    the Gandiva. And Vibhatsu slew the steeds of Karna by means of sharp and

    tough arrows shot from the bow-string drawn to the ear, and deprived of life

    they dropped down on the ground. And taking another sharp and blazing arrow

    endued with great energy, the mighty son of Kunti pierced the breast of

    Kama. And that arrow, cleaving through his mail, penetrated into his body.

    And at this, Karna's vision was obscured and his senses left him. And

    regaining consciousness, he felt a great pain, and leaving the combat fled

    in a northernly direction. And at this, the mighty car-warrior Arjuna and

    Uttara, both began to address him contumely.'"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04060.htm

    4TH TIME:

    "Beholding that fierce and awful battle, the kings, thy sons, and Karna,

    also exceedingly pained, fled away."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07152.htm

    KARNA FLED FROM 16 YEAR OLD BOY ABHIMANYU:

    5TH TIME:

    NARRATIVE:

    Karna, O monarch, was filled with pain. Meanwhile, the son of Subhadra,

    causing Karna by means of his arrows to turn away from the field, quickly

    rushed against the other great bowmen. Then Abhimanyu of fierce energy and

    great fame, filled with wrath, broke that host of diverse forces abounding

    with elephants and steeds and cars and infantry. As regards Karna, afflicted

    by Abhimanyu with countless shafts, he fled away from the field borne by

    swift steeds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07038.htm

    6TH TIME:

    KARNA FLED FROM GANDHARWA CHITRASENA & WAS TAKEN AS A CAPTIVE!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03240.htm

    KARNA HIMSELF ACCEPTING BEFORE DURYODHANA THE FACT THAT HE FLED THE

    BATTLEFIELD FROM GANDHARWAS BEFORE DURYODHANA'S EYES:

    Narrative:

    "As regards myself, assailed by all the Gandharvas, I fled before thy eyes,

    unable to rally our flying host. Assailed by the foe with all his might, my

    body mangled with their arrows, I sought safety in flight. This however, O

    Bharata, seemed to me to be a great marvel that I behold you all come safe

    and sound in body, with your wives, troops, and vehicles, out of that

    super-human encounter. O Bharata, there is another man in this world who can

    achieve what thou, O king, hast achieved in battle to-day with thy

    brothers."

    Vaisampayana continued, "Thus addressed by Karna, king Duryodhana replied

    unto the ruler of the Angas in a voice choked with tears."
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03245.htm

    7TH TIME:

    KARNA FLED FROM BHIMASENA

    Narrative:

    Dhritarashtra said, 'What, indeed, O Sanjaya, did Duryodhana say when he saw

    that Karna turning away from the field upon whom my sons had reposed all

    their hopes of victory? How, indeed, did the mighty Bhima, proud of his

    energy, fight? What also, O son, did Karna do after this, beholding

    Bhimasena in that battle resemble a blazing fire?'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07128.htm

    8TH TIME:

    KARNA AGAIN FLED FROM BHIMASENA:

    Narrative:

    Dhananjaya drove the Suta's son from Bhimasena's vicinity. His bow cut off

    by Bhima, and himself afflicted with the arrows of Dhananjaya, Karna quickly

    fled away from Bhima on his great car.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07135.htm

    KARNA'S FEAR TO FACE THE ENEMY:

    INCIDENT 1:

    Karna defeated & freightened by Abhimanyu in chakruvyuhu:

    Narrative:

    Hearing these words, Karna, afflicted with the shafts of Arjuna's son, once

    more said unto Drona, 'Exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Abhimanyu, I

    am staying in battle, only because (as a warrior) I should stay here.

    Indeed, the arrows of this south of great energy are exceedingly fierce.

    Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are

    weakening my heart.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    INCIDENT 2:KARNA WITHDREW FROM BATTLE WITH ARJUNA DISGUISED AS A BRAHMANA IN

    DRAUPADI SWAYAMVARA:

    Narrative:

    Then the illustrious Arjuna beholding Karna, the son of Vikartana (Surya),

    advancing towards him, drew his tough bow and pieced him with his sharp

    arrows. And the impetus of those whetted arrows furnished with fierce energy

    made Radheya (Karna) faint. Recovering consciousness Karna attacked Arjuna

    with greater care than before. Then Karna and Arjuna, both foremost of

    victorious warriors, desirous of vanquishing each other, fought madly on.

    And such was the lightness of hand they both displayed that (each enveloped

    by the other's shower of arrows) they both became invisible (unto the

    spectators of their encounter). 'Behold the strength of my arms.'–'Mark,

    how I have counteracted that feat,'–those were the words–intelligible to

    p. 379

    heroes alone–in which they addressed each other. And incensed at finding

    the strength and energy of Arjuna's arms unequalled on the earth, Karna, the

    son of Surya, fought with greater vigour. And parrying all those impetuous

    arrows shot at him by Arjuna, Karna sent up a loud shout. And this feat of

    his was applauded by all the warriors. Then addressing his antagonist, Karna

    said, 'O thou foremost of Brahmanas, I am gratified to observe the energy of

    thy arms that knoweth no relaxation in battle and thy weapons themselves fit

    for achieving victory. Art thou the embodiment of the science of weapons, or

    art thou Rama that best of Brahmanas, or Indra himself, or Indra's younger

    brother Vishnu called also Achyuta, who for disguising himself hath assumed

    the form of a Brahmana and mustering such energy of arms fighteth with me?

    No other person except the husband himself of Sachi or Kiriti, the son of

    Pandu, is capable of fighting with me when I am angry on the field of

    battle.' Then hearing those words of his, Phalguna replied, saying, 'O

    Karna, I am neither the science of arms (personified), nor Rama endued with

    superhuman powers. I am only a Brahmana who is the foremost of all warriors

    and all wielders of weapons. By the grace of my preceptor I have become

    accomplished in the Brahma and the Paurandara weapons. I am here to vanquish

    thee in battle. Therefore, O hero, wait a little.'

    "Vaisampayana continued, 'Thus addressed (by Arjuna), Karna the adopted son

    of Radha desisted from the fight, for that mighty chariot-fighter thought

    that Brahma energy is ever invincible"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m01/m01193.htm

    INCIDENT 3-KARNA'S FEAR TO FACE BHIMASENA!

    Narrative:

    Then, O king, great fear entered the heart of Karna at sight of Bhima's

    prowess which resembled that of the Destroyer himself unto living creatures.

    Then Shalya, that ornament of assemblies, understanding the state of Karna's

    mind from a survey of his features, addressed that chastiser of foes in

    words suited to the hour, "Do not be grieved, O son of Radha!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08084.htm

    KARNA'S UNKEPT PROMISES & KARNA'S FAILURE TO SAVE HIS LOVED ONES FROM BEING

    SLAINED IN FRONT OF HIS EYES!

    1.)Karna was unable to save Dhritrashtra's 99 sons from being slained by

    Bhimasena despite promise to Dhritrashtra to protect & save his sons from

    being killed in battle by Pandavas!

    2.)Karna unable to save his son Vrishasena from being slained by Arjuna in

    front of his eyes!Arjuna challenged Karna & all kauravas to save Karna's son

    in order to seek revenge of Abhimanyu's slaughter by Karna during Arjuna's

    absence!

    Narrative:

    Arjuna with eyes red in wrath, that hero capable of slaying Yama himself if

    the latter fought with him, then laughed terribly and said unto Karna and

    all the other Kaurava heroes headed by Duryodhana and Drona's son, these

    words, "Today, O Karna, in thy very sight in this battle, I will despatch

    the fierce Vrishasena unto Yama's abode with my keen arrows! People say that

    all of you, united together, slew my son, endued with great activity, in my

    absence, and while he was alone and unsupported on his car. I, however, will

    slay thy son in the very sight of you all. Let all the Kaurava car-warriors

    protect him. I will slay the fierce Vrishasena. After that, I will slay

    thee, O fool, even I, Arjuna, in the midst of battle! Today I will, in

    battle, slay thee that art the root of this quarrel and that hast become so

    proud in consequence of Duryodhana's patronage. Putting forth my strength, I

    will certainly slay thee in this battle, and Bhimasena will slay this

    Duryodhana, this wretch among men, through whose evil policy this quarrel

    born of dice hath arisen." Having said these words, Arjuna rubbed the string

    of his bow and took aim at Vrishasena in that battle, and sped, O king, a

    number of shafts for the slaughter of Karna's son. The diadem-decked Arjuna

    then, fearlessly and with great force, pierced Vrishasena with ten shafts in

    all his vital limbs. With four fierce razor-headed arrows he cut off

    Vrishasena's bow and two arms and head. Struck with Partha's shafts, the son

    of Karna, deprived of arms and head, fell down on the earth from his car,

    like a gigantic shala adorned with flowers falling down from a mountain

    summit. Beholding his son, thus struck with arrows, fall down from his

    vehicle, the Suta's son Karna, endued with great activity and scorched with

    grief on account of the death of his son, quickly proceeded on his car,

    inspired with wrath, against the car of the diadem-decked Partha.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08085.htm

    3.)Karna unable to save his younger brother from being slained by Abhimanyu

    in front of his eyes!

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya said, 'Then the younger brother of Karna, uttering loud roars, bow

    in hand, and repeatedly stretching the bow-string, quickly placed himself

    between those two illustrious warriors. And Karna's brother, with ten

    shafts, pierced invincible Abhimanyu and his umbrella and standard and

    charioteer and steeds, smiling the while. Beholding Abhimanyu thus afflicted

    with those arrows, although he had achieved those superhuman feats in the

    manner of his sire and grandsire, the warriors of thy army were filled with

    delight. Then Abhimanyu, forcibly bending the bow and smiling the while,

    with one winged arrow cut off his antagonist's head. That head, severed from

    the trunk, fell down on the earth. Beholding his brother slain and

    overthrown, like a Karnikara tree shaken and thrown down by the wind from

    the mountain top, Karna, O monarch, was filled with pain. Meanwhile, the son

    of Subhadra, causing Karna by means of his arrows to turn away from the

    field, quickly rushed against the other great bowmen. Then Abhimanyu of

    fierce energy and great fame, filled with wrath, broke that host of diverse

    forces abounding with elephants and steeds and cars and infantry. As regards

    Karna, afflicted by Abhimanyu with countless shafts, he fled away from the

    field borne by swift steeds.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07038.htm

    4.)Karna alongwith other kaurvas unable to stop arjuna from reaching

    jayadratha..Arjuna vanquished alone 7 akshohinis of kaurav army out of 11 in

    1 day to revenge abhimanyu death!!

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya continued, 'Thus urged by
    Bhima and Kesava, Savyasachin
    prevailing over Drona and Karna,
    began to resist the foe all round.
    Many foremost of Kshatriyas (among
    the Kurus), putting forth all their
    prowess, failed to withstand Arjuna
    who advanced at the very van of his
    troops, and who, like a raging
    conflagration, was consuming the
    foremost ones among his foes. Then
    Duryodhana and Karna, and Sakuni,
    the son of Suvala, covered Kunti's
    son, Dhananjaya, with showers of
    shafts. Baffling the weapons of all
    those warriors, that foremost of all
    persons well-skilled in weapons, O
    monarch, covered them (in return)
    with his shafts. Aiming at their
    weapons with his (and thus baffling
    them all), Arjuna, endued with great
    lightness of hand and possessing a
    complete control over his senses,
    pierced every one of those warriors
    with ten keen-pointed shafts.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07183.htm

    5.)Karna unable to stop Arjuna from slaying jayadratha despite promise to

    Duryodhana that he will save Jayadratha at any cost from Arjuna :

    Narrative:

    "Then Pandavas, O monarch, and the
    Panchalas, celebrated for their
    prowess, beholding the mighty-
    armed Karna, loudly shouted, saying,
    'There is Karna,' ' Where is Karna in
    this fierce battle.'–' O thou of wicked
    understanding, O lowest of men,
    fight with us!"
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07155.htm

    6.)Karna was unable to save his brother from being vanquished in Virata Yudh

    from Arjuna!

    7.)Karna's failure to save Dushasena from being torn apart by Bhimasena in

    front of Karna's eyes!

    Narrative:

    Upon the fall of his brother Citrasena, Karna, filled with wrath and

    displaying his prowess, put the Pandava host to flight, at which Nakula

    rushed against that warrior of immeasurable energy. Bhima, having slain

    there (at the very sight of Karna) the vindictive Duhshasana, took up a

    little quantity of his blood, and, endued with stentorian lungs, he said

    these words in the hearing of all those foremost of heroes of the world, "O

    wretch amongst men, here I drink thy life-blood from thy throat. Filled with

    joy, abuse us once more, saying 'beast, beast' (as thou didst before).
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08083.htm

    8.)Karna's failure to rescue his brother Citrasena from being slained by

    Yudhamanyu!

    Narrative:

    Then the (Pancala) prince Yudhamanyu, at the head of his troops, fearlessly

    pursued the retreating Citrasena and pierced him with seven keen shafts,

    quickly sped one after another. At this, like a trampled snake of great

    energy repeatedly darting out its tongue and desirous of vomiting its

    poison, Citrasena turned back and pierced the Pancala prince with three

    shafts and his driver with six. The brave Yudhamanyu then struck off his

    enemy's head with a shaft equipped with goodly wings and an exceedingly keen

    point and sped with great care from his bow drawn to its fullest stretch.

    Upon the fall of his brother Citrasena, Karna, filled with wrath!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08083.htm

    9.)Karna's failure to save his son Sushasena & other son Bhanusena from

    being slained by Bhimasena in front of his eyes!

    Narrative:

    Then Vrikodara of terrible prowess, taking up another tough bow and

    stringing it quickly, cut off Sushena's bow. Excited with rage and as if

    dancing (on his car), he quickly pierced Sushena himself with ten arrows,

    and then pierced Karna, within the twinkling of an eye, with seventy sharp

    shafts. With ten other shafts, Bhima then felled Bhanusena, another son of

    Karna, with his steeds, driver, weapons, and standard, in the very sight of

    the latter's friends. The sightly head of that youth, graced with a face as

    beautiful as the Moon, cut off with a razor-headed arrow, looked like a

    lotus plucked from its stalk. Having slain Karna's son, Bhima began to

    afflict thy troops once more.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08048.htm

    10.)Karna's failure to save Durmukha from being slained by Bhimasena in

    front of Karna's eyes:

    Narrative:

    Beholding Durmukha desirous of supporting the Suta's son in that battle, the

    son of the Wind god was filled with delight and began to lick the corners of

    his mouth. Then resisting Karna the while with his shafts, the son of Pandu

    quickly drove his car towards Durmukha. And in that moment, O king, with

    nine straight arrows of keen points, Bhima despatched Durmukha to Yama's

    abode, Upon Durmukha's slaughter, the son of Adhiratha mounted upon the car

    of that prince and looked resplendent, O king, like the blazing sun.

    Beholding Durmukha lying prostrate on the field, his very vital pierced

    (with shafts) and his body bathed in blood, Karna with tearful eyes

    abstained for a moment from the fight.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07130.htm

    11.)Karna frustated of not being able to save his sons from being slained by

    Bhimasena in front of his eyes:

    Narrative:

    "Sanjaya said, 'Beholding thy sons lying (on the field), Karna of great

    prowess filled with great wrath, became hopeless about his life. And

    Adhiratha's son regarded himself guilty, seeing thy sons slain before his

    eyes in battle by Bhima. Then Bhimasena, recollecting the wrongs formerly

    inflicted by Karna, became filled with rage and began with deliberate care

    to pierce Karna with many keen arrows.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07132.htm

    12.)Arjuna slay 3 brothers of Karna in front of Karna's eyes & Karna unable

    to save them:

    Narrative:

    Then Arjuna piercing Karna with seven shafts, despatched the latter's

    younger brother by means of his sharp shafts. Slaying Satrunjaya thus with

    six arrows, Partha, with a broad-headed shaft, struck off Vipatha's head as

    the latter stood on his car. In the very sight of the Dhritarashtras,

    therefore, as also of the Suta's son, the three uterine brothers of the

    latter were despatched by Arjuna unaided by any one.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07030.htm

    Authenciaty of vyas original mahabharat by km ganguly:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/maha/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisari_Mohan_Ganguli
    http://bharatadesam.com/spiritual/mahabharata/ind
    http://mahabharata-resources.org/ganguli-roy.html
    <a href="http:

  4. For all karna's Fans:

    (SOURCE-TRANSLATION OF ORIGINAL MAHABHARAT OF VYAS BY KESARI MOHAN GANGULY
    & WHICH IS THE ONLY PRECISE TRANSLATION AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC DOMAIN):

    Incident 1:Karna fled rom battlefield from Arjuna(Virata Yudh):
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04060.htm

    Incident 2:Karna defeated by Gandharwa chitrasena:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03239.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03240.htm

    Incident 3:Arjuna defeat Ghandarwas & rescued Duryodhan & kurus:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03243.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03244.htm

    Incident 4:Karna defeated & freightened by Abhimanyu in chakruvyuhu:

    Hearing these words, Karna, afflicted with the shafts of Arjuna's son, once more said unto Drona, 'Exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Abhimanyu, I am staying in battle, only because (as a warrior) I should stay here. Indeed, the arrows of this south of great energy are exceedingly fierce. Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are weakening my heart.'
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

    What Karna's own friend Ashwathama & kripacharya think of karna:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04049.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04050.htm

    what Lord Krishna think of karna's bravery:

    Krishna said(To Arjuna):.I swear by Truth to thee, O friend, that my limbs are burning at the thought that while the son of Subhadra was thus advancing, consuming the hostile army with his shafts, even on that occasion the wicked-souled Karna was engaged in acts of hostility to that hero,Unable, O Partha, to stay in that battle before Abhimanyu's face, mangled with the shafts of Subhadra's son, deprived of consciousness, and bathed in blood, Karna drew deep breaths, inflamed with rage. At last, afflicted with arrows, he was obliged to turn his back upon the field.
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08073.htm

    & Finally karna himself accepting Arjuna's supeority:

    Narrative:

    "'Karna said(about Arjuna), "As far as I have heard,
    such a superior car-warrior has
    never been born on earth! Behold
    my prowess, since I will contend in
    battle with even that Partha who is
    such. This prince of Kuru's line, this
    foremost of car-warriors, careers in
    battle, borne by his steeds white in
    hue. Perhaps he will despatch me to
    Yama's abode today. Know, however,
    that with Karna's death, these all
    will be exterminated. The two arms
    of this prince are never covered with
    sweat. They never tremble. They are
    massive and covered with cicatrices.
    Firm in the use of weapons, he is
    possessed of great skill and endued
    with great lightness of hands.
    Indeed, there is no warrior equal to
    the son of Pandu. He taketh a large
    number of arrows and shooteth them
    as if they were one. Quickly fixing
    them on the bow-string, he
    propelleth them to the distance of
    two miles. They always fall on the
    foe. What warriors is there on earth
    that is equal to him? That Atiratha,
    endued with great activity, with
    Krishna as his ally, gratified the god
    Agni at Khandava. There, on that
    occasion, the high-souled Krishna
    obtained his discus, and Savyasaci,
    the son of Pandu, obtained his bow
    Gandiva. There that mighty-armed
    one, endued with might that knows
    no decay, also obtained his terrible
    car unto which are yoked those white
    steeds, as also his two great
    celestial and inexhaustible quivers,
    and many celestial weapons, from
    the God of Fire. In the region of
    Indra he obtained his conch
    Devadatta and slew innumerable
    Daityas, and all the Kalakeyas. Who
    is there on earth that is superior to
    him? Possessed of greatness of soul,
    he gratified Mahadeva himself in fair
    fight, and obtained from him the
    terrible and mighty weapon Pasupata
    that is capable of destroying the
    three worlds. The several Regents of
    the world, united together gave him
    their weapons of immeasurable
    energy, with which that lion among
    men quickly destroyed in battle
    those united Asuras, the
    Kalakhanjas.

    So also, in Virata's city,
    moving on a single car he
    vanquished all of us, and snatched
    from us that wealth of kine, and took
    from all the foremost of car-warriors
    (portions of) their garments.
    Challenging that foremost of
    Kshatriyas, that hero having him of
    Vrishni's race for his ally, that
    warrior who is endued with such
    energy and such attributes, I regard
    myself, O Shalya, to be the foremost
    of persons in all the world in point
    of courage. He is, again, protected by
    that Keshava of great energy, who i
    Narayana himself and who is without
    a rival, that high-souled Vasudeva,
    that ever-victorious Vishnu armed
    with conch, discus, and mace, whose
    attributes all the world united
    together, cannot (in narrating)
    exhaust in 10,000 years. Beholding
    the two Krishnas together on the
    same car, fear entereth my heart
    together with courage. Partha is the
    foremost of all bowmen!

    Source:origial mahabharat by vyas..trans by km ganguly!
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08079.htm

    FINAL KARNA ARJUNA BATTLE(DAY 17 OF MAHABHARATA):

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08089.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08090.htm
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08091.htm

    ACCORDING TO MY ANALYSIS OF THIS TRANSLATION IN THE FINAL BATTLE OF MAHABHARATA,ARJUNA & KARNA ASSAULTED EACH OTHER 35 TIMES WITH NUMEROUS, THOUSANDS & LAKHS OF ARROWS ………8 TIMES THEY NULLIFIED EACH OTHER ARROWS ,12 TIMES BOTH KARNA & ARJUNA PIERCED EACH OTHER BUT THE REMAINING 15 TIMES ARJUNA PIERCED KARNA IN EVERY PART OF HIS BODY & KARNA’S LIMBS,YOKE,STANDARD,STEEDS,CHARIOT WERE RIPPED APART & KARNA WAS LEFT MANGLED BATHED IN BLOOD & KARNA HAD NO ANSWER FOR ARJUNA’S ARROWS!!!

    Authenciaty of vyas original mahabharat by km ganguly:
    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/maha/
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisari_Mohan_Ganguli

    OTHER MISCONCEPTIONS:

    MAHADEV SHIV HIMSELF ACCEPTED ARJUNA SUPERIOTY WHEN LORD SHIVA FOUGHT A DUEL WITH ARJUNA IN HUNTER DISGUISE WHEN ARJUNA DID SEVERE PENANCE ON HIS TWO THUMBS OF HIS FOOT TO OBTAIN PASHUPATASTRA FROM LORD SHIVA..ARJUNA WAS CALLED NARA & HE WAS THE MOST IDEAL MAN HIMSELF & LORD KRISHNA HIMSELF ACCEPTED IN GITA PRAISING HIS MORAL CHARACTER!READ WHAT MAHADEV HAS TO SAY ABOUT ARJUNA..IF YOU WANT I CAN POST ENTIRE NARRATIVE!!

    #####& EVEN IF FOR ANY REASON YOU WANT TO ARGUE WITH LORD SHIVA REGARDING ARJUNA PROWESS,THEN YOU ARE MOST WELCOME!!

    Moreover karna himself praised arjuna that everytime he cut thread of bow arjuna in such a speed rejoin his thread that karna cant notice..this is clearly memtioned in karna parva..for god's sake read carefully..Moreover Arjuna wasnt responsible for karna shaap so why do u blame arjuna..why dont you people dont notice how abhimanyu single handedly hold at bay 5 kaurava generals simultaneously including karna when he was chariotless!!

    Moreover karna himself said to kunti(in ved vyas version) & to shalya ( in some telugu version) dat anybody except Mahadev Shiva would fear to fight arjuna wid krishna as his charioteer!

    Moreover about the kavach kundal u claimed of karna better get to know even if shakuni or even blind dhritrashtra had dat kavach kundal nobody not even demigods can penetrate his kavach..the fact of matter is that having impenetrable kavach kundal makes karna invincible in battle & battle will become 1 sided so karna having deprived of his kavach kundal makes the battle equally challenging for both & not 1 sided…So having kavacha kundal will definietly make you invincible in battle but wont show your archery talent!

    Moreover I laugh at your fact that kunti saved arjuna even though karna only promised he would spare all 4 pandavas except arjuna as karna was determined to kill arjuna even though knowing arjuna was his younger brother..On the other gand arjuna gandiva fell from his hand & he cried for fraticide he had done after karna death after kunti desclosed of karna reality as his elder brother to arjuna & after dat Arjuna developed great affection for karna last suviving son named Vrishaketu, & personally arjuna trained him & took utmost care of him.. This is Arjuna!!

    Arjuna wasnt even seduced by queen of all apsaras Urvashi whom even great rishis cant resist..Arjuna has an unmatched control of lust & respect for women which draupadi & krishna themselves praised!But what karna did-Karna encouraged cheer haran of draupadi & called drapadi A PROSTITUTE(VAISHYA)..god krishna doesnt like anybody without any reason!!

    Now coming at your brahmin curse for karna,aruna didnt gave him dat shap so why you blame arjuna..it was his destiny dat even arjuna cant change..in gitaopdesh lord vasudev showed arjuna his vishwaroopam in which karna alongwith all kaurava commanders were engulfed by lord krishna bigg mouth which arjuna saw..everybody knew those on path of adharm are sure to get defeated & stop blaming arjuna for dat!

    you r wrong again mate…If you read mahabharata properly shikhandi in her previous birth has a boon from lord shiva dat in her next birth as shikhandi,she will be d reason for bhishma death & krishna himeslf enginered bhishma death by arranging shikandi behind arjuna after bhishma himself told d way of his death becoz of shikhandi so u better stop blaiming arjuna for dat..dis was lord shiva boon dat was bound to happen.& according to u arjuna causing bhishma death was unjust..but dear it was again lord shiva boon dat shikandi obtained in her previous birth & dats d truth which ur ego cant change!dis was bound to happenn..then better blame lord shiva & lord krishna both dude..argue with gods then..u can assume however whatever u want in ur own version of mahabharata written by urself!but in actual mb,sorry mate dis doesnt happen dude.. accept dat!
    Now coming to your point dat karna forgot mantra for brahmastra invocation better read d last part sec 90-91 of karna parva. It was CLEARLY mentioned dat karna after initial struggle karna was able to recall mantra for brahmastra which he invoked & directed at arjuna which was queched by another brahmastra fired by arjuna..

    Jai Hind..
    satsriyakal..

    1. What new points. I don’t think any of us knew them. I am converted. Hence forth Arjuna is my favorite character. How bravely he disarmed bhurishrava. How bravely he killed bheeshma without any external help. His battle against dacoits after Krishnas death was legendary. How effectively he subdued them. Same is with his performance against karnas bhargavastra soon after which he was praised by Yudhishthira. Ditto for nagastra. Ashwatthamas naryanastra and bhagdattas vaishnava astra. And after the war when his chariot blew up in smithereens all the celestial beings were screaming how superior arjuna was to his contemporaries.

      1. For all karna's Fans:

        (SOURCE-TRANSLATION OF ORIGINAL MAHABHARAT OF VYAS BY KESARI MOHAN GANGULY
        & WHICH IS THE ONLY PRECISE TRANSLATION AVAILABLE ON PUBLIC DOMAIN):

        Incident 1:Karna fled from battlefield from Arjuna(Virata Yudh):
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04060.htm

        Incident 2:Karna defeated by Gandharwa chitrasena:
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03239.htm
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03240.htm

        Incident 3:Arjuna defeat Ghandarwas & rescued Duryodhan & kurus:
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03243.htm
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m03/m03244.htm

        Incident 4:Karna defeated & freightened by Abhimanyu in chakruvyuhu:

        Hearing these words, Karna, afflicted with the shafts of Arjuna's son, once more said unto Drona, 'Exceedingly afflicted with the shafts of Abhimanyu, I am staying in battle, only because (as a warrior) I should stay here. Indeed, the arrows of this south of great energy are exceedingly fierce. Terrible as they are and possessed of the energy of fire, these arrows are weakening my heart.'
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07045.htm

        What Karna's own friend Ashwathama & kripacharya think of karna:
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04049.htm
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m04/m04050.htm

        what Lord Krishna think of karna's bravery:

        Krishna said(To Arjuna):.I swear by Truth to thee, O friend, that my limbs are burning at the thought that while the son of Subhadra was thus advancing, consuming the hostile army with his shafts, even on that occasion the wicked-souled Karna was engaged in acts of hostility to that hero,Unable, O Partha, to stay in that battle before Abhimanyu's face, mangled with the shafts of Subhadra's son, deprived of consciousness, and bathed in blood, Karna drew deep breaths, inflamed with rage. At last, afflicted with arrows, he was obliged to turn his back upon the field.
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08073.htm

        & Finally karna himself accepting Arjuna's supeority:

        Narrative:

        "'Karna said(about Arjuna), "As far as I have heard,
        such a superior car-warrior has
        never been born on earth! Behold
        my prowess, since I will contend in
        battle with even that Partha who is
        such. This prince of Kuru's line, this
        foremost of car-warriors, careers in
        battle, borne by his steeds white in
        hue. Perhaps he will despatch me to
        Yama's abode today. Know, however,
        that with Karna's death, these all
        will be exterminated. The two arms
        of this prince are never covered with
        sweat. They never tremble. They are
        massive and covered with cicatrices.
        Firm in the use of weapons, he is
        possessed of great skill and endued
        with great lightness of hands.
        Indeed, there is no warrior equal to
        the son of Pandu. He taketh a large
        number of arrows and shooteth them
        as if they were one. Quickly fixing
        them on the bow-string, he
        propelleth them to the distance of
        two miles. They always fall on the
        foe. What warriors is there on earth
        that is equal to him? That Atiratha,
        endued with great activity, with
        Krishna as his ally, gratified the god
        Agni at Khandava. There, on that
        occasion, the high-souled Krishna
        obtained his discus, and Savyasaci,
        the son of Pandu, obtained his bow
        Gandiva. There that mighty-armed
        one, endued with might that knows
        no decay, also obtained his terrible
        car unto which are yoked those white
        steeds, as also his two great
        celestial and inexhaustible quivers,
        and many celestial weapons, from
        the God of Fire. In the region of
        Indra he obtained his conch
        Devadatta and slew innumerable
        Daityas, and all the Kalakeyas. Who
        is there on earth that is superior to
        him? Possessed of greatness of soul,
        he gratified Mahadeva himself in fair
        fight, and obtained from him the
        terrible and mighty weapon Pasupata
        that is capable of destroying the
        three worlds. The several Regents of
        the world, united together gave him
        their weapons of immeasurable
        energy, with which that lion among
        men quickly destroyed in battle
        those united Asuras, the
        Kalakhanjas.

        So also, in Virata's city,
        moving on a single car he
        vanquished all of us, and snatched
        from us that wealth of kine, and took
        from all the foremost of car-warriors
        (portions of) their garments.
        Challenging that foremost of
        Kshatriyas, that hero having him of
        Vrishni's race for his ally, that
        warrior who is endued with such
        energy and such attributes, I regard
        myself, O Shalya, to be the foremost
        of persons in all the world in point
        of courage. He is, again, protected by
        that Keshava of great energy, who i
        Narayana himself and who is without
        a rival, that high-souled Vasudeva,
        that ever-victorious Vishnu armed
        with conch, discus, and mace, whose
        attributes all the world united
        together, cannot (in narrating)
        exhaust in 10,000 years. Beholding
        the two Krishnas together on the
        same car, fear entereth my heart
        together with courage. Partha is the
        foremost of all bowmen!

        Source:origial mahabharat by vyas..trans by km ganguly!

        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08079.htm

        FINAL KARNA ARJUNA BATTLE(DAY 17 OF MAHABHARATA):

        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08089.htm
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08090.htm
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08091.htm

        ACCORDING TO MY ANALYSIS OF THIS TRANSLATION IN THE FINAL BATTLE OF MAHABHARATA,ARJUNA & KARNA ASSAULTED EACH OTHER 35 TIMES WITH NUMEROUS, THOUSANDS & LAKHS OF ARROWS ………8 TIMES THEY NULLIFIED EACH OTHER ARROWS ,12 TIMES BOTH KARNA & ARJUNA PIERCED EACH OTHER BUT THE REMAINING 15 TIMES ARJUNA PIERCED KARNA IN EVERY PART OF HIS BODY & KARNA’S LIMBS,YOKE,STANDARD,STEEDS,CHARIOT WERE RIPPED APART & KARNA WAS LEFT MANGLED BATHED IN BLOOD & KARNA HAD NO ANSWER FOR ARJUNA’S ARROWS!!!

        Authenciaty of vyas original mahabharat by km ganguly:
        http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/maha/
        http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kisari_Mohan_Ganguli

        OTHER MISCONCEPTIONS:

        Misconception No 1-Indra made Karna weaker by requesting karna to offer his kavach kundal as alms(Daan):

        About the kavach kundal of karna better get to know that even if shakuni or even blind dhritrashtra had that kavach kundal nobody not even demigods can penetrate his kavach..the fact ofthe matter is that having impenetrable kavach kundal makes karna invincible in battle & battle will become one sided so karna having deprived of his kavach kundal makes the battle equally challenging for both karna & arjuna & not one sided…So having kavacha kundal will definietly make you invincible in battle but wont show your archery talent!So having or not having kavach kundaal does'nt make you great archer & it simply weaken your defence & most important of all it doesn't show your archery talent!!

        Misconception No 2-Kunti saved Arjuna:Moreover I laugh at somebody claim that kunti saved arjuna even though karna only promised to kunti he would spare all 4 pandavas except Arjuna as Karna was determined to kill Arjuna even though knowing Arjuna was his younger uterine brother..On the other gand arjuna gandiva fell from his hand & he cried for fraticide he had done after karna death after kunti desclosed of karna reality as his elder brother to arjuna & after dat Arjuna developed great affection for karna last suviving son named Vrishaketu, & personally arjuna trained him & took utmost care of him.. This is Arjuna!!

        Misconception No 3-Brahmin's curse caused Karna's defeat:

        Now coming at somebody's claim that brahmin curse for karna..Let me tell you Arjuna didnt gave him that shap so why you blame arjuna..it was his destiny that even Arjuna cant change..in gitaopdesh lord vasudev showed arjuna his vishwaroopam in which karna alongwith all kaurava commanders were engulfed by lord krishna bigg mouth which arjuna saw..everybody knew those on path of adharm are sure to get defeated & stop blaming arjuna for that!

        Misconception No 4-Arjuna did Adharm by cheatfully killing Bhishma:

        you all are wrong again mate…If you read mahabharata properly Shikhandi in her previous birth as Amba has a boon from lord Shiva that in her next birth as shikhandi,she will be the reason for Bhishma death & Krishna himeslf enginered Bhishma death by arranging Shikandi behind Arjuna after Bhishma himself told the way of his death to pandavas..so u all better stop blaiming Arjuna for that..this was lord shiva boon that was bound to happen.& according to u Arjuna causing Bhishma death was unjust..but dear it was again lord Shiva boon that Shikandi obtained in her previous birth & dats the truth which ur ego cant change!This was bound to happenn..& if you still call this as Adharm then better blame lord shiva & lord krishna both..argue with gods then..u can assume however whatever u want in ur own version of mahabharata written by urself!but in actual mb,sorry mate dis doesnt happen dude.. accept that!

        Misconception No 5-Karna forgot Mantra due to Parshuram's curse:

        Now coming to your point dat karna forgot mantra for brahmastra invocation..better read the last part sec 90-91 of Karna Parva. It was CLEARLY mentioned that Karna after initial struggle karna was able to recall mantra for brahmastra which he invoked & directed at arjuna which was quenched by another Brahmastra fired by Arjuna..

        Misconception No 6-Arjuna being the greatest archer cant defeat Drona & Drona has to be killed by Adharm:

        First of all if you all read Mahabharat properly in Drona Parva you will get to know that Dronacharya has invoked a terrible weapon nullyfying divine system known as "BRAHMADANDA" also called the stick of Brahma..It wasn't actually a weapon for offensive purpose but its for defence purposes only & it has the divine power of all 7 Saptarishis & it literally nullified all weapons of Pandavas..It has the power to nullify the Brahmastra also as once Brahmastra of Great Sage Vishwamitra was nullified by Brahmadanda only!!At last Lord Krishna adviced Pandavas the way which was indeed not dharmic to kill drona but remember Drona also was the chief responsible for Abhimanyu's merciless cowardly killing by Adharm even though he was the only eldest & most respected person after Bhishma's fall..So he has to receive back the fruit of his actions!

        MAHADEV SHIV HIMSELF ACCEPTED ARJUNA SUPERIOTY WHEN LORD SHIVA FOUGHT A DUEL WITH ARJUNA IN HUNTER DISGUISE WHEN ARJUNA DID SEVERE PENANCE ON HIS TWO THUMBS OF HIS FOOT TO OBTAIN PASHUPATASTRA FROM LORD SHIVA..ARJUNA WAS CALLED NARA & HE WAS THE MOST IDEAL MAN HIMSELF & LORD KRISHNA HIMSELF ACCEPTED IN GITA PRAISING HIS MORAL CHARACTER!READ WHAT MAHADEV HAS TO SAY ABOUT ARJUNA..IF YOU WANT I CAN POST ENTIRE NARRATIVE!!

        & EVEN IF FOR ANY REASON YOU WANT TO ARGUE WITH LORD SHIVA REGARDING ARJUNA PROWESS,THEN YOU ARE MOST WELCOME!!

        karna himself praised arjuna that everytime he cut thread of bow arjuna in such a speed rejoin his thread that karna cant notice..this is clearly memtioned in karna parva..for god's sake read carefully..Moreover Arjuna wasnt responsible for karna shaap so why do u blame arjuna..why dont you people dont notice how abhimanyu single handedly hold at bay 5 kaurava generals simultaneously including karna when he was chariotless!!

        Moreover karna himself said to kunti(in ved vyas version) & to shalya ( in some telugu version) dat anybody except Mahadev Shiva would fear to fight arjuna wid krishna as his charioteer!

        Arjuna didnt use the irrestible & unfailing "Pashupata Astra" on karna & neither Arjuna used the deadly "Brahmasirha astra" on karna because it will have caused unimmaginable destruction which Arjuna was against..Surely karna would have dispatched to yamaloka if pashupatastra or brahmasirhastra was used on karna!!

        Karna also failed to stop Arjuna from killing Jayadratha(The person responsile for Abhimanyu's killing)

        Even Satyaki & Bheem gave sleepless nights to Karna!

        Arjuna wasnt even seduced by queen of all Apsaras Urvashi whom even great rishis cant resist..Arjuna has an unmatched control of lust & respect for women which draupadi & krishna themselves praised!But what karna did-Karna encouraged cheer haran of draupadi & called draupadi A PROSTITUTE(VAISHYA)..God Krishna doesnt like anybody without any reason!!

        Indeed Karna was the greatest human being that took birth on Earth & this was accpted by Lord Krisna himself & his daanvir nature & absolute loyality & friendship to Duryodhan was widely praised in three worlds & he also has to undergo great miseries & humiliation as "Suta Putra" & was denied his basic rights & motherly love & I am not doubting on his moral character indeed!But as far as arhery was concerned he was definietly a step behind Arjuna as Arjuna himself was NARA(Arjuna & Lord Krishna was called as NARA NARAYANA)..So nobody in three world could beat him..

        So please stop unnecessarily criticising Arjuna everytime on public domain & stop giving sympathy votes to Karna!

        Jai Hind..
        satsriyakal..

      2. yes, exactly !!!!!!!! & the way the so–called “Mahaanaayak” countered Bhagadutta’s Vaishnavaastra, without any external help, waz also legendary………………… LOL :P

        Never ever seen (in the annals of the entire Indology) such a weak Mahaanaayak who alwayz requires Maadhhav’s help & Lord Bhagwaan Hanumaana’s support his biological da Lord Indra’s aid & Demi–God AgniiDeva’s support etc., even against maamooly warriors like Bhagadutta or Ashwaththhaamaa or !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D :P

        Jai Hind, Jai Netaajii, Jai Bhagath Singh, Jai Swaamy Vivekaananada, Jai Kshudiraam {& down with the Nehru—Gandhi family,, Nehru—Gandhi dynasty MURDAABAAD} !!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Om Shree Durgaaye Namahhah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Om Nahahh Shivaaye !!!!!!!!!!
        Om Vishnave Namahhah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Jai Raadhhe Krishnna, Jai Maataa Seeta + Lord Raama, & obviously HAIL the GREATNESS of Karna !!!!!!!!!!!!

      3. yes, exactly @Niraj g !!!!!!!! & the way that so–called “Mahaanaayak” Savyasaachii Dhhananjaya Phhaalgunna countered Bhagadutta’s Vaishnavaastra, without any external help, waz also legendary………………… LOL :P

        Never ever seen (in the annals of the entire Indology) such a weak Mahaanaayak who alwayz requires Maadhhav’s help & Lord Bhagwaan Hanumaana’s support his biological da Lord Indra’s aid & Demi–God AgniiDeva’s support etc., even against maamooly warriors like Bhagadutta or Ashwaththhaamaa or !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D :P

        Jai Hind, Jai Netaajii, Jai Bhagath Singh, Jai Swaamy Vivekaananada, Jai Kshudiraam {& down with the Nehru—Gandhi family,, Nehru—Gandhi dynasty MURDAABAAD} !!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Om Shree Durgaaye Namahhah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Om Nahahh Shivaaye !!!!!!!!!!
        Om Vishnave Namahhah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Jai Raadhhe Krishnna, Jai Maataa Seeta + Lord Raama, & obviously HAIL the GREATNESS of Karna !!!!!!!!!!!!

      4. yes, exactly @Niraj g or @dhurinder g or @Niraj dhurinder g !!!!!!!! & the way that so–called “Mahaanaayak” Savyasaachii Dhhananjaya Phhaalgunna countered Bhagadutta’s Vaishnavaastra, without any external help, waz also legendary,,, to add to how, Paarthha Phhalgunna ‘Nara’ avataar of Bhagwaan Vishnuu [LOL :P !!!!], of his own, without any foreign help, countered the Naagastra, or the BhhaargavAastra or the NaaraayanAastra etc. ………………… LOL :P

        Never ever seen (in the annals of the entire Indology) such a weak Mahaanaayak who alwayz requires Maadhhav’s help & Lord Bhagwaan Hanumaana’s support & his biological dad Emperor of the Demi–Gods Lord Indra’s aid & Demi–God AgniiDeva’s support etc., even against maamooly warriors like Bhagadutta or Ashwaththhaamaa or !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! =D :P

        Jai Hind, Jai Netaajii, Jai Bhagath Singh, Jai Swaamy Vivekaananada, Jai Kshudiraam {& down with the Nehru—Gandhi family,, Nehru—Gandhi dynasty MURDAABAAD} !!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Om Shree Durgaaye Namahhah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Om Namahh Shivaaye !!!!!!!!!!
        Om Vishnave Namahhah !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
        Jai Raadhhe Krishnna, Jai Maataa Seeta + Lord Raama, & obviously HAIL the GREATNESS of Karna !!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Karna undoubtedly .. even Sri Krishna admitted .. he said Karna is able to push Arjun's rath along with Him and Hanuman sitting on Arjun's chariot. No one in this earth could do this except karna. He also said Arjun do not underestimate Karna he is no less than the Destroyer [mahadev] Himself

  6. Did Karna realy promise to Kunti that he would not kill her sons except Arjuna? I have doubts on this.

    We can see in the description of the war that Karna was piercing Bhima with desire to kill him on 14th day. According to Mahabharata, both were trying to slay each other. Again on 17th day we see Karna trying to kill Yudhisthira. Karna left Yudhishthira only because Duryodhana was about to succumb to Bhima's attack. Karna pierced Yudhishthira with many powerful arrows. There was no guarantee that Karna's arrows wouldn't have killed Yudhishthira.

    I think that either Karna didn't promise anything to Kunti or he had to break the promise for the sake of Duryodhana in the war.

    1. There is no doubt that KARNA is the best archer as the contest between arjun and Karna that occured when pandavas and kauravs were showing their ability prove this. Although everytime when mahabharata episode is shown that part is deleted as it will lead to declaration beyond any doubt that karna was much stronger than Arjun. Arjun can't defeat Bheesma pitama and Dronacharya in archery, how come he can defeat Karna. From that contest only, Bheesma pitama came to know that karna was kunti son.

    2. He promised to kunti her five sons will remain five after the war. that is why even after defeating four pandavas he didn't kill them.

  7. Duryodhana and his brothers were inferior to pandavas in prowess. Duryodhana was largely dependent on his generals like Bhishma, Drona and Karna. But that was not the case with pandavas. Pandavas were not much dependent on their generals.They themselves were great warriors and generals. They were fighting for a common cause unlike kaurava generals like Drona and Karna. Drona was fighting to settle his scores with panchalas and Karna was fighting to prove himself better than Arjuna.

  8. Karna didn't show any mercy to Bhima during the battle on 14th day. Karna was shooting fatal arrows at Bhima with the desire to kill him. He fired even celestial weapons at Bhima. Karna recalled his promise to Kunti only at the end of that battle. Bhima was a great atirathi. Hence, it would be wrong to assume that he had no higher weapons with him. He defeated Karna once on 17th day as well, when Karna was with his vijay dhanush.

    There were no two mighty Karnas at kurukshetra. Karna is addressed as Karna, Radha's son, vrisha etc at all the occasions in kurukshetra. So it is clear that Karna of 14th and 15th day was the same Karna, who was fighting on 17th day.

    Karna is presented as a great warrior even on the day he lost to Bhima in Mahabharata. Dhritrastra says on 14th day that Bhima and Karna are equal in prowess and anyone can win or lose.

  9. Karna didn't show any mercy to Bhima during the battle on 14th day. He was shooting fatal arrows at Bhima with the desire to kill him. He fired even celestial weapons at Bhima. Karna recalled his promise at the end of that battle.

    Bhima was a great atirathi and a top class archer. Hence it would be wrong to assume that he did not have any higher celestial weapon. Bhima defeated Karna once on 17th day as well when he was with his vijay dhanush.

    There were no two mighty warriors with the name 'Karna' at kurukshetra. Karna has been presented as a great warrior even on the day he lost to Bhima. Dhritrastra says on 14th day that Bhima and Karna are equal in prowess and any of them can win or lose.

    Karna is addressed as Karna, Radha's son, Vrisha etc. So it is clear that Karna of 14th and 15th day was same, who was fighting on 17th day.

  10. - shalya sided with Duryodhana to keep his promise

    – yes Krishna was Yudhishthira's ambassador, but Yudhishthira never asked Krishna to approach Karna. It was Krishna's own initiative.

    – I don't know what was the exact reason behind Krishna not telling the reality of Karna to him and pandavas earlier. I guess he did not do that for the sake of Kunti.

    – I agree with you that what kunti did was wrong. She should have tell the reality of Karna to pandavas as well.

    – I accept that Balrama wanted to help kauravas. Krishna helped pandavas against the Balrama's wish. Krishna was the authority and not Balrama. It is evident that from the fact that Duryodhana approached Krishna for help. Krishna did not follow Balrama even though he asked him to help kauravas. I think that he offered his army to Duryodhana just to appease his brother who was not with Krishna's decision. Yadavas were devided on this issue. Kritvarman helped kauravas where as Satyaki helped pandavas.

    – I agree that Yudhishthira was afraid of Karna.

    – Balrama was only planning to mary Subhadra with Duryodhana. Yadvas had not given the invitatation for marriege to Duryodhana.

    1. If Shalya was really(100%) interested in helping Yudhistira, why would he promise that his support would go to those who arranged party for him? He preferred Yudhisthira to Duryodhana and the wine giver to both Yudhistira and Duryodhana.

      Approaching Karna was Krishna's own initiative but it was in the interest of Yudhistira.

      Rest of the things are O.K.

  11. - shalya sided with Duryodhana becaused to keep his promise

    – yes Krishna was Yudhishthira's ambassador, but Yudhishthira never asked Krishna to approach Karna. It was Krishna's own initiative.

    – I don't know what was the exact reason behind Krishna not telling the reality of Karna to him and pandavas earlier. I guess he did not do that for the sake of Kunti.

    – I agree with you that what kunti did was wrong. She should have tell the reality of Karna to pandavas as well.

    – I accept that Balrama wanted to help kauravas. Krishna helped pandavas against the Balrama's wish. Krishna was the authority and not Balrama. It is evident that from the fact that Duryodhana approached Krishna for help. Krishna did not follow Balrama even though he asked him to help kauravas. I think that he offered his army to Duryodhana just to appease his brother who was not with Krishna's decision. Yadavas were devided on this issue. Kritvarman helped kauravas where as Satyaki helped pandavas.

    – I agree that Yudhishthira was afraid of Karna.

    – Balrama was only planning to mary Subhadra with Duryodhana. Yadvas had not given the invitatation for marriege to Duryodhana.

  12. @Dhruv

    1. What about kauravasa's attempt to kill Bhima by ganging up against him in the war from day one ? If kauravas tricks were diplomacy then why should we blame pandavas for cheating in war ? Discouraging Drona by spreading rumor etc were their strategies in that war.

    2. I would discuss about Krishna in another post.

    3. Did Yudhisthira approached any king who was Duryodhana's close friend or relative ?

    4. Regarding the story of five arrow, I would say that it is not in Mahabharata. Wikipedia is not an authentic source.

  13. After lossing all his relatives Duryodhana's intention was not to win kingdom but to take revenge from Bhima. But he tried to take an advantage here by putting a condition that his opponent would fight only with mace and he would not change the weapon during war. A warrior was free to use any weapon any time in mahabharata war.

  14. @ Anand Shankar.

    I do not like Duryodhana more than Krishna. I just wanted to say that while judging characters on moral grounds, we must forget their spiritual status. Up to a few months ago, I believed in Krishna as God. But my admiration shifted from Krishna to Karna. Krishna was God in those days and there was something that he could have done to protect Karna. But he behaved as though he was God only for Pandavas. So, I began to question Krishna's policies.

    Regarding your other questions,

    1. Duryodhana may be diplomatic or even wrong in treating Shalya but my point is that for Shalya, wine is more important than Yudhistira but for Karna, his very life is inferior to Duryodhana. Just compare the loyalty of Karna and shalya.

    2. When Krishna approached Karna, He was a representative of Yudhistira. If Yudhistira sent Krishna as his ambassador, he is responsible for all that Krishna does. Pandavas had no idea that Karna was their brother. Had they, we do not know what they would have done.

    3. If Krishna wanted to prevent the war, he should have told Duryodhan that Karna was Pandavas' brother. May be Duryodhana's hatred for pandavas would sink. Alternatively, He should have told Pandavas about this. But he didn't.

    Look at the character of kunti. She extracted promise for the life of 4 of her sons. But she didn't care to ask pandavas to spare the life of at least Karna's sons who were not instrumental for Duryodhana's victory.

    4. Krishna is stronger than kauravas. I believe that Balarama is in favor of Kauravas. This is evident from Subhadra's marriage, Sasirekha's marriage and final mace fight between Duryodhana and Bhima. But Krishna made balarama believe that he killed a brahmin. So, Balarama had to go on a piligrimage. If Krishna says that He fights on behalf of Pandavas, Duryodhana would complain to Balarama who would order Krishna to be out of the war. Krishna didn't want this. So, he had to help pandavas without offending Duryodhana. Hence, he put his entire army on one side and Himself without weapons on the other. So, He had to ask Indra, hanuman etc.

    What else reason do you think for Krishna's allowing vast army into kauravas' side and He not taking arms?

    5. Is already covered
    6. Yudhistira asked Shalya to discourage Karna. whether he was right or wrong, it shows that he was afraid of Karna in spite of having Krishna-Arjuna with him.

    7. Pandavas didn't ask Bhishma because Bhishma was bound by promise. Shikandi was known to everybody from day one. Why pandavas wanted to pay respects only on 9th night?

    8. I am also not sure about 5 arrows story.

    9. Subhadra and Arjuna loved each other. But Arjuna eloped with Subhadra. Balarama had a plan to give her in marriage to Duryodhana. Krishna should have told in the very beginning. But he knew Balarama was adamant. So, he planned kidnap of Subhadra.

    If parents arrange marriage for their daughter who is in love with someone else, and when the bridegroom arrives only to find that his so called bride has eloped with someone, wouldn't it be insulting to both the bridegroom and parents?

    Duryodhana may not have helped Karna selflessly, but he was the main reason behind the little respect that Karna got.

  15. Duryodhana fled from battle field on 18th day. When Krishna and Yudhishthira scolded him and challenged him to fight, he accepted their challenge. Yudhishthira gave Duryodhana the option to fight with any pandava with the weapon of his choice. Just there Duryodhana played a trick to take his revenge from Bhima. He put a condition that the warriors would not change the weapon during battle. Duryodhana had been practicing hard with mace for last 13 yeary, he became more skilled in the use of mace than Bhima. So he thought that he has a chance to kill Bhima in mace in mace fight.

  16. Interesting to see that you like Duryodhana more than Krishna. Anyway, here is my answers to your queries:
    1. What was the intention of Duryodhana behind giving a grand reception to Shalya without telling him who was doing this for him ? Duryodhana knew it very well that Shalya was the uncle of pandavas and he was coming with his troops to help Yudhishthira.

    2.When we are comparing kauravas and pandavas, why should we talk about what Kunti or Krishna did ? Did Yudhishthira asked Karna to help him ?

    3. Perhaps Krishna aproached Karna with his offer just before the war for the sake of Kunti and to prevent a war between her two sons.

    4. If krishna wanted, he could have fought with kauravas as a warrior. Krishna himself was able to defeat any kaurava warrior. He had no need to request any kaurava warrior for help.

    5. Duryodhana went to Dwarka and asked for Krishna's help. He should have asked Balrama and not Krishna for help, if Balrama was his supporter.

    6.There was nothing wrong in Yudhishthira trying to counteract Duryodhana by asking Shalya to discourage Karna.

    7. Though Pandavas and Dhartrastras both were grand sons of Bhishma, pandavas did not ask him to fight for them. Bhishma's weakness regarding Shikhandi was known to everybody from the starting of the war. It seems Krishna along with pandavas visited Bhishma just to pay him respect.

    8. Nowhere we see the story of five arrows of Bhishma in Mahabharata.

    9. Subhadra and Arjuna loved each other and got married with Krishna's help. How did Krishna cheat Duryodhana by helping Arjuna to marry Subhadra?

    Though Duryodhana was not a demonic person as some people may think, he was an arrogant, jelous and evil hearted person. He helped Karna just to counter Arjuna. He took everything of Karna in exchange of his opportunistic favor to Karna in rangshala. Duryodhana made many attemts to eliminate pandavas. He cheated his cousin and insulted his wife in public. Even after all that, Yudhishthira and Krishna tried to patch up with Duryodhana, but Duryodhana was adament.

    In my view even pandavas were not gods. They have also made some mistakes. I am only saying that both pandavas and kaurava took the help of deception during the war.

    1. Interesting to see that you like Duryodhana more than Krishna. Anyway, here is my answers to your queries:
      1. What was the intention of Duryodhana behind giving a grand reception to Shalya without telling him who was doing this for him ? Duryodhana knew it very well that Shalya was the uncle of pandavas and he was coming with his troops to help Yudhishthira.

      — Its not cheating it diplomacy. And Duryodhana approached a King not relative of Pandavs.

      2.When we are comparing kauravas and pandavas, why should we talk about what Kunti or Krishna did ? Did Yudhishthira asked Karna to help him ?

      — Krishna have a central position in Pandavas camp. And it was a very selfish act and using Draupdi to please Karna was not righteous.
      3. Perhaps Krishna aproached Karna with his offer just before the war for the sake of Kunti and to prevent a war between her two sons.

      —Its was all started very earlier so if he truly wanted peace between Sons of Kunti then he should have approached to Karna with his true identity earlier.
      4. If krishna wanted, he could have fought with kauravas as a warrior. Krishna himself was able to defeat any kaurava warrior. He had no need to request any kaurava warrior for help.

      — We cant be sure about it. But as you people think Krishna was God so you are taking this as fact which isnt.
      5. Duryodhana went to Dwarka and asked for Krishna’s help. He should have asked Balrama and not Krishna for help, if Balrama was his supporter.

      — At time of War Kings approach to other kings for alliance and support in war so there isnt anything wrong in it.
      6.There was nothing wrong in Yudhishthira trying to counteract Duryodhana by asking Shalya to discourage Karna.

      — Yes that was a great move from Yudhishthira self-claimed Dharmraj.
      7. Though Pandavas and Dhartrastras both were grand sons of Bhishma, pandavas did not ask him to fight for them. Bhishma’s weakness regarding Shikhandi was known to everybody from the starting of the war. It seems Krishna along with pandavas visited Bhishma just to pay him respect.

      — Pandvas approached to Bhisma in-between war. Better you read it again. And it seems you think Krishna do things which are not required but just to please other he acts like doing.
      8. Nowhere we see the story of five arrows of Bhishma in Mahabharata.

      — Check latest post.
      9. Subhadra and Arjuna loved each other and got married with Krishna’s help. How did Krishna cheat Duryodhana by helping Arjuna to marry Subhadra?

      Though Duryodhana was not a demonic person as some people may think, he was an arrogant, jelous and evil hearted person. He helped Karna just to counter Arjuna. He took everything of Karna in exchange of his opportunistic favor to Karna in rangshala. Duryodhana made many attemts to eliminate pandavas. He cheated his cousin and insulted his wife in public. Even after all that, Yudhishthira and Krishna tried to patch up with Duryodhana, but Duryodhana was adament.

      In my view even pandavas were not gods. They have also made some mistakes. I am only saying that both pandavas and kaurava took the help of deception during the war.

  17. If Duryodhana had Karna to protect him then Bhima had Arjuna in that assembly. Again why not we think about Bhishma as the protector of Draupadi who had no grudges for pandavas and Draupadi and who was also the eldest in the family?

    1. Bhishma's power is inferior to the power of Dhritarastra. He can at best advice him but if Bhima declares a war on Duryodhana, Dhritarastra would declare the same against Bhima and Bhishma is duty bound to fight on the king's behalf.

      Bhishma and Vidura knew what kind of persons kauravas are. They had the golden opportunity when the dice game was in its initial stages. They just requested Dhritarastra to order stopping the game. Instead they should have explained to yudhistira that his dharma lied in protecting the wealth of his subjects and not in gambling with them. But they did not. So, they had no right to speak even after the dice game.

      " Protector of Draupadi" has no significance after the dice game because according to the rules, Duryodhana was her master and he alone can either protect or punish her.

      The only way Draupadi can be protected is that she has to divorce her husband or any of the other pandavas should have come forward saying that they were not under Yudhistira. So, yudhistira's winning them becomes invalid and they and their wife can be free.

  18. @ subrahmanyam

    If we follow everything that is given in text, then it was Dharma and not Bhima or Karna who protected Draupadi.

    Physical action is not always required to stop someone, even your words are enough sometimes. Again if Bhima considered himself a slave of kauravas, why then he threaten them to kill in battle field ? A slave can not speak like this to his masters.

    Were Bhima's threats to kill the sons of two old persons not enough to move them? According to mahabharata Dhritrastra feared Bhima a lot. And most importantly can Gandhari, who was a respected woman, let his sons molest another woman in front of her ? It is also quite possible that Draupadi's words enraged Bhima and he gave threatening to kauravas.

    Regarding Duryodhana not fearing Bhima, I would say that all three sons of Kunti defeated Duryodhana in single combat in kurukshetra. It means all of them were mightier than Duryodhana in reality. Even Yudhisthira let him go alive after vanquishing him.
    If Duryodhana was so mighty then why did he run away from the battle field on so many occasions ? Should we believe in Duryodhana's boasting who even said that he did not fear even Krishna and Arjuna ?

    Duryodhana did not choose Bhima, he was ready to fight with any warrior. Duryodhana only choose mace as his weapon as he was one of the top mace fighter. He had no hope of defeating the sons of Kunti with bows and arrows or sword or spear, so he choose mace as his weapon. What is strange in this ?

    Mahabharata says that Duryodhana became more skilled in mace than Bhima during pandavas exile. Even if Duryodhana was skilled in mace, Bhima who was an all rounder was not bound to fight with Duryodhana with mace in that assembly.

    1. dharma need not mean either Yudhistira or Vidura simply because they are called as incarnations of dharma. Dharma is only sense of duty. Anyone could have felt it.

      I dont think that Gandhari was present in the assembly. For that reason no queen is allowed into the assembly.

      I agree that Duryodhana was defeated by all 3 sons of kunti, but Duryodhana also defeated Bhima some times. Running away from battlefield only shows timely submission and not permanent submission.

      Duryodhana chose mace. He also had the option to choose a warrior for combat. Here, he could have opted for a mace duel with any of the other pandavas and won, but he chose Bhima because of revenge.

      Regarding fight in the assembly, what if Bhima was an all rounder? As long as Yudhistira regards his possessions as really lost, no one can attack Duryodhana. Otherwise, Bhima has to agree that he had more rights on Draupadi than Yudhistira

      1. I did not say that 'dharma' here means Yudhishthira or Vidura. According to mahabharata Dharma here means the god of righteousness. If the sence of dharma appeared in Karna, then why Vyasa did not mention his name ?

        Mahabharata says that Gandhari and Vidura adviced Dhritrastra to protect Draupadi. It mean Gandhari was present in that assembly and played a crucial role in saving Draupadi from furthur humiliation.

        I am not talking about timely or permanent submission of Duryodhana. I am only saying that continuous defeats of Duryodhana at the hand of parthas shows that they were mightier that Duryodhana. Bhima completely defeated Duryodhana twice and he was rescued by other warriors. At one occasion, Duryodhana even fled from battle field after being defeated by Bhima. Duryodhana once struck Bhima in the chest with a powerful arrow and Bhima sat down on his seat in the chariot for a moment. He did not retreat from war and continued fighting. Was it Bhima's defeat ? If yes then we should accept that even Yudhishthira had defeated Karna once as he made Karna faint at one occasion.

        Had Bhima really considered himself to be a slave of kauravas, he would not have abused them and threaten them to kill in the battle field. Incase of kauravas attacking Bhima at that pandava's main dharma would have been to protect their brother's life. It is evident from the story of mahabharata that it is almost impossible to completely stick to dharma in a war or war like situation. Did pandavas not cheat even their guru when they were fighting against him in kurukshetra ?

  19. @ Anand Shankar

    " Duryodhana started cheating Yudhishthira even before the war started. He won pandava’s uncle Shalya in his side by cheating him. He shamelessly asked even Krishna for help, though Krishna was the cousin of pandavas and the best friend of Arjuna. Pandavas never did such cheap things. They never asked Duryodhana’s relatives or friends for help. "

    I didn't notice this earlier. Being an admirer of Duryodhana, I cannot accept your claims.

    .1. Duryodhana never cheated Shalya. he just used the weak point of Shalya. Duryodhana just offered wine to Shalya. It is Shalya who promised that he would side with those who offered him that wine and party. For him these were more important than his love for his nephews.

    Compare with what Krishna did. He tried to use the weak points of karna. Karna suffered in his life for true recognition. krishna offered him the throne of Indraprastha+ Hastinapur, where his arch rival Arjun would be waiting upon him for order. Karna was not convinced. So, Krishna didn't even hesitate to offer Draupadi to Karna. Is Duryodhana's cheating greater than Krishna's?

    2. Dwaraka was not the sole property of Sri Krishna. even Balarama had equal claims to it. Duryodhana went to ask Balarama for help. It is Krishna who tricked Balarama out of the war. Duryodhana approached Krishna mainly for army which belonged to Balarama also. Balarama was in favor of Kauravas. That is why Krishna had to divide His power into 2 parts. Otherwise, why would he allow such a large army into kauravas' side?

    If Krishna was the best friend of arjuna, was Karna not the best friend of Duryodhana? Yet he was approached twice by Krishna and once by Kunti.

    Pandavas never did such cheap things ???

    It is Yudhistira who requested Shalya to discourage Karna.
    It is Pandavas who requested Bhishma to disclose how he could be killed.
    It is Krishna who requested Indra, hanuman.
    It is the great Dhananjaya who took away from duryodhana the 5 arrows of Bhishma(I am not sure of the story).

    Apart from the war, Krishna also deceived duryodhana during the marriage of Subhadra.

    Because we believe that Krishna is God, we call His actions diplomacy and inconceivable ways of God. Because we believe Duryodhana is evil incarnate, we call his actions unethical. Is it not dual stansard?

    1. Agreed with you. And asking someone to fight along is part of diplomacy.
      So Suyodhana approaching Shalya/Krishna is not a wrong thing.

      But Krishna/Kunti approaching Karna and disclosing his true identity at wrong moment was not justifiable.
      Because when Karna need support only Suyodhana came to him, even Kunti havent said any words to support him.

      Pandvas are as greedy/evil as Suyodhana.

  20. Bhima was no doubt ill tempered and ruthless. But he opposed Yudhistira only by mouth and not action. He simply swore that he would kill those brothers in the battlefield and not then and there. Duryodhana may be weaker than Bhima but he was not afraid of the latter. Otherwise, in the end war, when Yudhistira gave him option, why would he choose Bhima? Duryodhana also had confidence in the strength of the limbs of Bhishma and Karna. So, he would never care any threatening from Bhima, nor would Karna care the promise of Arjuna.

    In the epic, it is Karna who suggested disrobing of Draupadi. But when actually Draupadi was begging everyone in the assembly for protection, may be his fire of revenge cooled down. Karna was a god fearing man.

    If Bhima opposed Yudhistira in action also, why Draupadi said fie on the strength of Bhima? And according to Yudhistira, they were slaves then. so, Bhima should first accept that he is not subordinate to Yudhistira before he can fight kauravas.

  21. Bhima was an ill tempered and ruthless person. He can not bear such an insult silently. Perhaps initially pandavas thought that elders of the family would interfere. But when they did not check Duryodhana, Bhima threatened kauravas. Kauravas knew very well that Bhima can do anything in rage. So Gandhari and Dhritrastra might have intervened just to save Duhshasana from Bhima's ire. So in my view, most likely person who could have saved Draupadi was Bhima.

    Interpolators have only exaggerated the figures and added few new stories. They have not deleated Vyasa's actual story.
    From circumstanses and oppinions of different charectors at that time also it is obvious that the probable charecter who might have saved Draupadi was Bhima. Vidura and Vikarna also opposed Duryodhana.

    Pandavas were also humans. How could they bear such an insult silently ? If Bhima and Arjuna can take the help of deception in war, then they can also oppose Yudhisthira on his wrong move. We can not expect so much morality in them.

    Bhima and Arjuna loved Yudhishthira but they did not follow him blindly. They had admonished Yudhishthira on several occasions.

  22. It is very difficult to know exactly what happened there. But it is less likely that Karna would have stopped Duhshasana. According to Mahabharata Karna and not Duryodhana urged Duhshasana to disrobe Draupadi. Though, I don't think that Karna was so mean that he would have asked Duhshasana to do that, but one thing is clear that he had insulted Draupadi in that assembly. Bhima and Arjuna had opposed yudhishthira many times. Bhima strongly opposed Yudhishthira that time. He also threatened to kill to kill Duhshasana. It is unlikely that pandavas who were so mighty can bear such an insult. Duryodhana was familiar with the prowess of pandavas, so he might have dropped the idea to disrobe Draupadi after Bhima threatened kauravas. It is also less likely that kauravas could dirobe a women in presence of their mother and father.

  23. Bhima might not have interfered out of respect to Yudhistira. because Draupadi reflected several times on the insult meted out to her. She said fie on Gandiva and on the super human strength of Bhima, for though capable of vanquishing all kauravas singly, they bore her insult.

    This shows that none of the pandavas interfered. Lord Krishna is more human than divine in the Mahabharata. So, unlimited saris seems unlikely. It is also highly unlikely that she was indeed disrobed. Duryodhana being arrogant would never listen either to Vidura or Bhishma, Vikarna etc. Dhritarastra who had blind love for his son wouldn't say anything seriously.

    So, the only person left is Danvir Karna. He is so close to Duryodhana that the latter would always consider his views. May be while Dushyasana started disrobing, Karna out of fear of sin, suggested Duryodhana against this.

  24. It seems Dushashana did not try to disrobe Draupadi. Bhima threatened him to kill, when he brought Draupadi in assembly. Vikarna also strongly opposed Duryodhana's move . I think that Dhritrastra and Gandhari interfared, when the situation worsened and it looked that a battle may take place there.

  25. I have a question.

    I interested about Draupadi Vastraharan. I read some version, that Kaurava never stripped Draupadi naked. They just pulled Draupadi hair from her inner apartment to the sabha.
    But, only God, Vyasa n the witness (Karna, Kaurava, Pandava, etc) know the truth,
    After that incident, Bhima vow to kill 100 Kaurava n Arjuna vow to kill Karna.

    My question is, how about Dhritadyumna n Draupada. Knowing his daughter n sister almost raped in public. What their reaction? I never heard their reaction or vow or anger because Draupadi humiliation.

    Thank you.

    1. They had the intention to strip her naked. They even started it but something happened after that. In india, it is lord krishna' intervention. But I think it is less probable. May be our karna realized his mistake and advised duryodhana against this. Even in the original version, Vikarna is shown to oppose this move. It could be Karna instead of Vikarna.

      Regarding Drupada and his son, they were not present there. Pandavas have already made promises to kill all kauravas, Karna and sakuni. So, Drupada had no one to kill. When he received the news, may be he hissed like a snake. But he was not strong enough to attack hastinapur without Pandavas. Dhristadyumna might have renewed his promise of killing Drona.

    2. Have to agree with this. While uprooting dushasanas hand Bhima asked. Yehi voh haath haina dusht jisse tone panchali kesh pakde they. He never mentioned anything about the vastraharan. Why. If you go by human psychology when you are taking revenge you recount all the evil doings. Why no mention of the vastraharan

  26. All warriors know that their enamies are not going to throw flowers on them in battle field. They know that their enamies would try their best to vanquish and kill them. After all warriors in Kurukshetra war not fighting for a TV show. It would be foolishness in the part of a warrior to expect from his enamy, who's son had been killed by him using unfair means, to stick with rules of war while fighting with him. War involves a lot of strategies. Both pandavas and kauravas used their own tactics to defeat other. It is not possible to defeat an one and half times larger army, full of many mighty warriors merely by using some unfair means.