Your best character in Mahabharata with explanation

I like Karna’s character in Mahabharata. He always acted like a human and always kept his words. Whatever happened but he never dishonored his own words. And he is one of the greatest archer of all time.

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  1. KARNA – true to word, made krishna hide the fact dat he was a pandava lest his brothers give up for him. True to word, loyal, and even promised kunti he wouldnt slay her other sons(except arjuna) for her sake, although kunti literally used him for all her needs, without being there for him. great warrior. plus he became a great archer through his will n dediction, unlike kauravas n pandavas who had everything spoonfed.

    Among all that he was cursed unnecessary by Parashurama, a bee stung Karna’s thigh and despite the pain, Karna did not move, so as not to disturb his guru’s sleep
    he was getting too much pain bt still he dont want to disturb his guru sleep…
    2nd cursed he was helping the grl to take out ghee so that her step mother wouldn’t scold him
    bt bhumidevi ( darti ma or god of earth ) cursed him which was soo foolish !…

    he also his mom Kunti despite she refused him
    that he will not kill her son despite arjun n he really do..
    he got the opporunity to kill all that 4 brother bt he didn’t !

    HE was loyal due the depth of loan n help of his frend Duryodhan, he know it was wrong bt still he support his frend ! Karna was a loyal and true comrade to Duryodhana.

    Indra, the king of the (Devas) and the father of Arjuna, realized that Karna would be invincible in battle and unable to be killed as long as he had his kavach and kundal. He approaches Karna as a poor Brahmin during Karna’s sun-worship. Surya warned Karna of Indra’s intentions, but Karna thanked Surya and explained that he was bound by his word and could not send anyone from his door empty-handed. When Indra approaches, Karna reveals that he knew the Brahmin’s true identity but assured that he would never turn anyone away. Cutting the armor and earrings off his body, Karna handed them to Indra…

    the help of father was one reason to push Karna into death side bt still he perfer his moral principle n still assured him armor !

    so anything happen with him in mahabharata was wrong..
    i know he did few mistake bt every1 in mahabharta did so many mistake
    if he said sumthing to Draupadi 1st let me remind it was Draupadi who said refused to allow him to take part rejecting him for being a “suta-putra” – son of a charioteer.
    so it was like tit for tat i dont think Draupadi was right that time.. !

    one thing i felt he did wrong was killing Abhimanyu’s
    he was only kid n it was unfare apart for this
    i can surely say KARNA was the best charcter in this epic

  2. karna- true to word, made krishna hide the fact dat he was a pandava lest his brothers give up for him. True to word, loyal, and even promised kunti he wouldnt slay her other sons(except arjuna) for her sake, although kunti literally used him for all her needs, without being there for him. great warrior. plus he became a great archer through his will n dediction, unlike kauravas n pandavas who had everything spoonfed.
    bhishma- man of great determination, courage,wisdom
    bhima- the unnoticed hero. does everything for panchali(although he is aware she uses him). extremely brave, strong, magnanimous, and also noted as an extremely fun loving person. a rare case in the mahabharata.
    panchali/draupadi- strong woman,upholds feminity, and women power back in those days.
    nakula n sahadev- were offered a huge kingdom from madris brother since their uncle didnt want him to be under yudhishtir, yet due to love n loyalty, refuses it in exchange for their uncles love.
    ekalavya- learns fighting skills with a mere statue of drona for guidance n sees him as his teacher although drona shunned him. becomes a greater archer than arjuna but to pay dronas fee, he cuts his right thumb as per dronas wishes(so that barjuna would become the greatest warrior)

    I like arjuna, yuyutsu, vikarna too although i dont regard them as best.
    i loathe kunti n yudhishtir- ungrateful, selfish cowards. both are thoughtless,and seek self gain in the name of dharma. n i just dont follow what the dharma codes were of those days. discarding ur son(karna) n fleeing from motherly duties? or staking ur own wife to vile men?

  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)”

    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

    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/index.php

    http://mahabharata-resources.org/ganguli-roy.html

    http://www.aryabharati.org/mahabharat/mahabharen.asp

    http://www.gutenberg.org/files/15474/15474-h/15474-h.htm

    https://archive.org/details/TheMahabharataOfKrishna-dwaipayanaVyasa

    http://www.columbia.edu/itc/mealac/pritchett/00litlinks/lit_epics.html

    http://www.nptel.ac.in/courses/109104050/33

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    1. yes..satyamev jayate ..correct..but unfortunately you yourself fail to see satya..Satya or truth is even today many many indian parents keep their childs name as karan more than amy other character of mahabharat. If karan wasnt as valiant, brave as you say he is not ..do you think that god you believe in would have accorded him this respect. you quote some websites saying they are authentic..marked authentic by whom..I respect the character karna was. his name will always be taken with a greater respect tjan arjunas..you can quote another 100 websites

  4. My favorite character in Mahabharata is Bheeshma. He did so many sacrifices in one life that no other person could ever do. And he kept doing the same for the rest of his life. Till his last breath. And to get what? Absolutely nothing!
    Selflessness personified!

  5. suryaputra karna , as he is the best srcherbetter than arjuna . he was a great danveer , ne never do politics like lord krishna…………

    1. Lord Krishna did not do politics. He only did Dharma. If you follow Mahabharata, that has been clearly mentioned. Karna was one person who had the qualities of all the 5 Pandavas. But, he was on the side of Adharma of manukula. That was the only reason for his death. And that was the only reason Krishna plotted his death.

  6. Hi I’m new here. :)
    I would like to say that my favorite characters are Duryodhana and Karna. I feel that they were the only ‘human’ characters in the epic complete with positive and negative emotions.