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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 :)

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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 p. 365 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 p. 315 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 p. 94 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/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 ***** BHARATDESHAM.COM IS AN INDIAN GOVERNMENT SPONSORED SITE,NPTEL IS THE “e-education” WEBSITE PORTAL OF IIT (INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) & COLUMBIA.EDU IS THE WEBSITE OF UNITED STATES’ TOPMOST UNIVERSITY:COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.. 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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 p. 365 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 p. 315 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 p. 94 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/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 ***** BHARATDESHAM.COM IS AN INDIAN GOVERNMENT SPONSORED SITE,NPTEL IS THE “e-education” WEBSITE PORTAL OF IIT (INDIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) & COLUMBIA.EDU IS THE WEBSITE OF UNITED STATES’ TOPMOST UNIVERSITY:COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY.. 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  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..

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    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.

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      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..

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  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

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  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.

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    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.

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    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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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    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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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    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.

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