This post is written by one of our regular readers Meenakshi S Rao
In the Indian Mythology of Mahabharat, the Pandavas and Kauravas learnt the practice of arms first from Kripcharya and later from Drona.
When their education was completed, a day was fixed to show the proficiency of the Pandavas and Kauravas in the presence of the royal family. Even the masses were invited to witness the massive competition. There was a large enthusiastic crowd.
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When the Suryaputra Karn as a Sutputra Entered the Tournament
Arjun, as usual with full of pride and honour, displayed his super human skills by the virtue of his weapons. This made the Kauravas angry. Duryodhana started fuming and his hatred for Pandavas increased three folds. However, at the end of the day, there came suddenly from the entrance of the arena, a sound as if something was falling from the skies, which made the crowd stunned to be in wonder and admiration.
He made an entry looking humbly round him, cast a salute to Drona and Kripacharya and walked towards Arjuna. This personality was none other than Suryaputra Karn, a humble personality of Mahabharat standing with his head held high before the mighty Pandavas
Suryaputra Karn, the Warrior Who Could Challenge Arjuna!
Karna moved heaven and earth as he entered the pavilion. Karna addressed Arjuna in a voice as if he is least bothered, “I shall show greater skills than you have shown”, he said. With Drona’s permission Karna showed all the feats in a nut shell. Duryodhana , very well pleased threw his arms around Karna said, “Welcome, O, thou with mighty arms, God has sent you here and on behalf of all the Kauravas, I bow on you .My prosperity lies in you.”
Arjuna, by giving a scanty look at Karna, said “Be ready to go to hell appointed for those who intrude uninvited.” Karna laughed and said, “Oh! Arjuna shoot arrows instead of words, which are the weapon of the weak.“…….Thus the challenge between Arjuna and Karna went on with weapons in hand.
From Sutputra to Angaraj Karn
When Kunti saw this she fainted as she was the only one who knew Karna’s identity. Here, when the question was raised on Karna’s identity, Karna bent his head down. Seeing his plight, Duryodana came forward and crowned Karna as the King of Anga and so Karna was thus called Angaraj. Here, the insults Suryaputra Karn had to bear by the harsh words of Bhima made Duryodana take Karna’s side and take him to Anga.
The Daanveer Karna
Karna was called Dhanashura because he gave away his earings and armour to a brahman as dhana. That brahmana was Lord Indra who came to test Karna’s sincerity. Pleased with this Indra gave him a weapon Sakti which possessed the power to kill the enemies.
Telling a lie that he was a brahmana and becoming a student of Parashuram, after he learnt the art of using Brahmastra, made Parashuram curse him, that Karna would not be able to recall the use of this Brahmastra .
Suryaputra Karn was a loyal friend of Duryodana and remained faithful till he died. He was killed by his own brother Arjuna .
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