Krishna told Arjuna to kill Karna once and for all. When peace negotiations between the Pandavas and the Kauravas failed, Krishna approached Karna and revealed to him his true identity as the eldest Pandava. He came with a golden glow, dressed up in jewelry and breastplate, and provided her with her first son. Under these circumstances, there is an inherent subjective weighing of one moral duty against another. The first half of the Kurukshetra war passes with Arjuna avoiding to go all out and kill his opponents. Once that is done, the Pandava army is on a rampage, and the Kauravas are completely decimated. The five Pandavas are alive, Drishtadhyumna is alive, the Pandava children are alive.  Indra appears as predicted, and Karna cuts his birthmarks of immortality with a knife, and gives the blood-soaked donation to disguised-as-a-Brahmin Indra.  It is Karna's language and insults that hurt the Pandavas and Draupadi the most, a sentiment that is noted in numerous verses of the Mahabharata such as 3.13.113 and 5.93.11. After all, hadn’t Arjuna vowed to kill Karna. Go.” To Nakula and Sahadeva, he does the same thing, because he promised that he will not kill them.  At the end of the competition, while everyone rejects Karna, Duryodhana expresses amity to Karna by "taking Karna by his hand". archer wouldn’t use the same arrow twice.  Sawant also received Moortidevi Award, instituted by Bharatiya Jnanpith, for his work and was translated into nine languages. Yudhisthira will hold the fan for him as he sits in the throne, Bhima his umbrella, and the common wife of the Pandavas – Draupadi too – says Krishna, may marry to him. This is the most dastardly thing. Editor’s Note : A version of this article was originally published in the Forest Flower magazine, January 2019. The Marathi books of Radheya (1973) authored by Ranjit Desai and Mrityunjay (1967) authored by Shivaji Sawant bring forth a fictionalized account of Karna's private and personal life. , According to the Mahabharata scholar Sukthankur, as quoted by Indologist Adarkar, there are apparent contradictions in Karna's character. After he finished his prayers to Surya, Karna meets Kunti for the first time in his adult life. Bhima was furious he told Arjuna to put an end to Karna otherwise he would kill him with his mace. The public insult of his father makes Karna hate the Pandavas. The Shakti will not save my life – that is doomed anyway. Parshuram.  In the Section 21 of Stree Vilap Parva, Gandhari describes her to be the mother of Vrishasena and Sushena. This page was last edited on 21 December 2020, at 09:28. Duryodhana steps in and says Karna is an Arajna (a non-king, but also a word play on Arjuna) but announces that he is offering to anoint Karna as the king of Angas (Bengal).  Karna is also known as someone who craves for respect, love and attention, who is overly sensitive to criticism, who habitually brags about his skills and martial capabilities, yet is deeply thoughtful and dharmic in critical moments of the epic. Hence, he wasabandoned by her and was brought u… The manuscripts found in the north and south India for the Karna parvan book have "great divergence" in details, though the thematic essence is similar. Arjuna used the Mohini-astra and the Madhava-astra to demolish these asuras. Karna is without the kavacha, but he got the Shakti astra. Krishna says, “When he is standing totally unarmed, just take off his head.” Arjuna takes off his head. If he uses it up, his dream of killing Arjuna will be over. Existence is not making a judgment about who is good or bad. So he picks up his bow. But it was actually not the one according to the original Mahabharata written by Maharshi Vyasa. She used the same mantra later in the Mahabharata, after Kunti is unable to have any children with her human husband, and he agrees to her using the mantra to have children. That was when Arjuna decided to choose victory over judhdha dharma.  As Duryodhana's army crumbles each day, the sea and vessel metaphor repeatedly appears in the epic, particularly when Karna is mentioned. Karna and Shalya head into the battlefield together, though they keep insulting each other's abilities and intent, lack mutual devotion and teamwork.  Das writes. The Kauravas, accompanied by Karna, attacked first, but were defeated by Drupada. At that time, Indra was pleased with Karna’s sense of sacrifice. Dharma is a complex concept in the Indian religions. He made a promise to Duryodhana and he will keep it. When finally Arjuna was going to fire Rudrastra , Karna’s chariot wheel got stuck in the mud.  In section 3.290.5 of the Mahabharata, Karna is described as a baby born with the ear-rings and armored breastplate, like his father Surya. , After these developments and pondering on Karna's life choices, the divine Krishna, as well as a host of Mahabharata heroes, in private and after his death, honor Karna as a satpurusha (lit. He sought protection from Karna and requested him to keep him in his quiver as a weapon and promised him that he would kill Arjuna when he would use him against him.  Ramdhari Singh Dinkar in 1978 published an epic poem Rashmirathi (translation: One who rides the Chariot of light, 1952) which narrates Karna's life. , The basket floats, reaches the river Charmanavati, which carries it to the Yamuna River. But Karna could not be killed so easily. Despite the agony in his body where Karna struck … She called the sun god Surya. Therefore, an unexpressed reason for the refusal of the teachers to let Karna participate is is their fear that he may defeat their favorite pupil, the Pandava Arjuna. Arjuna responded with Anjalika Astra, killing Karna. Karna Kills Ghatotkacha. That’s it. When Karna is not allowed to train in weaponry because he is a suta, it makes one ask, ’What if my child had been denied entry into college because of her birth?’ [...] We want them [our children] to feel secure and confident about their position. He has been compared to the Greek mythological part divine, part human character Achilles on various occasions as they both have divine powers but lack corresponding status.. Karna was secretly born to an unmarried Kunti in her teenage, fearing outrage and backlash from society over her premarital pregnancy, Kunti had no choice but to abandon the newly born Karna adrift in a basket on the Ganges, in the hope that he finds foster parents. He refuses to wear "Emperor's New Clothes", states Adarkar, and thus "being revealed as a fraud" and ever-adapting to new psychological garb. The war that previously started after sunrise and stopped at sunset, did not stop on the fourteenth day's sunset as both armies continued a ferocious war to kill each other. Ghatotkacha, Bhima’s son, is let loose.  Karna also has been topic of various contemporary literary works. With one hit from Arjuna's arrow, Karna's chariot moved back 10ft.  The dharma, according to the Mahabharata and as Karna's story illustrates, is sukshma (subtle) and subjective to circumstances. Arjuna's accomplishments and calmness win Draupadi's heart. Karna wanted it to defeat Arjun but the curse removed that possibility. Suddenly, all the occult powers are gone, and it is a normal battle once again. Karna replies that though he was born from Kunti, it was the wife of a charioteer "Radha who gave him love and sustenance", and that makes her his real mother. But what is the use of taking off the head of a child? Let them think one more thing.” He takes his Sudarshana Chakra and says, “I will finish the war today.” Then Arjuna says, “Don’t do this. So one by one, he attacks the Pandava brothers. He is both generous to the Brahmins yet arrogant and cruel to the Pandavas.  He meets his biological mother late in the epic, and then discovers that he is the older half-brother of those he is fighting against. He shall betray no one, remain loyal to those who love him, including his friend Duryodhana, with whom he has been in allegiance for thirteen years. QUESTION : Why Both Drona and Karna didn't kill Ghatotkacha by using Brahmastra ? Comes every morning. They are depicted as used by archers such as Parashurama, Rama, Lakshman, Meghnad, Bhishma, Drona, Karna, Ashwatthaman, Arjuna and other warriors. , Karna is not proud of his anger and outbursts. He is already married, says Karna, he has two sons and now grandsons, all because his father Adhiratha helped him settle into his married life. If I want, I will take off your head. While Arjun was unconscious, Karna decided to utilize the time in extracting the wheel of his chariot. But then, certain people went berserk, and they decimated both the armies quite drastically.  His story has inspired many secondary works, poetry and dramatic plays in the Hindu arts tradition, both in India and in southeast Asia. It is best you go back to your wife. Karna's objection is that the competition is only meant for Kshatriyas, and Brahmins such as "the mendicant who just strung the bow" should not be competing for the hand of Draupadi, a Kshatriya bride.  German Indologist Georg von Simson states that Karna of the Mahabharata resembles the Kumbhakarna of the Ramayana, the demon brother of the main antagonist Ravana of the epic Ramayana in their powers to sway the war. Karna is still on his chariot, but the wheels has sunk. If you insist, I will use the Shakti,” and he uses the Shakti to bring down Ghatotkacha.  They become close friends not long after, when Karna and Arjuna are at a weapons trial competition. Karna looses another astra at Arjuna, who knows the weapon with which to quiet it. Shalya fights bravely, but Yudhishthira kills him on that day. Did Arjuna use Pasupata Astra on anybody? Though Karna was saving the shakti astra for Arjuna, he ends up using to kill Gatotkacha, Bhima's son, who was creating havoc with his occult powers. It was a … With Karna trying to retrieve his chariot wheel, stuck in the mud, armed with no weapons, Krishna commanded Arjuna to kill him now, because there may not be another oppurtunity.  With folded hands, he introduces himself as the son of Radha and Adhiratha, and inquires about the purpose of her visit. By the thirteenth day of the Mahabharata war, numerous soldiers, kings, brothers and sons of Kauravas (Karna's side) and Pandavas (Arjuna's side) had been killed, many by foul means. Krishna then … In the Mahabharata, Karna's wives are unnamed and nothing significant is revealed about them. What happened so far : Arjuna gets cold feet right before going into action as the Kurukshetra war begins. We want them to be treated with respect as equals. , For the consecration ceremony, Karna's father arrives. He greets her (he now already knows her to be his biological mother). Arjuna and his brothers, however, are disguised as mendicant Brahmins. His years of waiting were over when Karna used him unwillingly against Arjuna, yielding to pressure from his charioteer, king Salya. This astra was more powerful than all the astras used so far by them. It is here that his earrings "that make his face shine", as well as the divine breastplate (body armor) he was born with, are mentioned for the first time.  These later sections with more details on Karna's birth and childhood include 3.287, 5.142 and 15.38. Karna took charge of the Kaurava army. - Arjuna received Pasupata Astra from Lord Shiva after doing penance and pleasing him with sincere devotion. Get alerts on Sadhguru's latest videos, his schedule, Isha events, and more. These circumstances make the evaluation of the choices complicated and a decision difficult, subjective. Karna is a mirror with "insights into human nature" and how circumstances have the ability to shape human behavior and one's personality. It is unclear how many wives Karna had in the epic. As Arjuna’s arrow cut off his head, a new head appeared in its place. His wives have been a subject of folklore and fantasy, with most agreeing that he had two wives. He never questions the ethics of his lifelong friend Duryodhana rather conspires and abets in Duryodhana's quest for power through the abuse of his opponents.  His behavior reflects a "frustration complex" that makes sense in light of the circumstances of his birth and early life. “Knowing fully well I am going into the battle; you are asking for my armor.  This idea was first discussed by the philologist Georges Dumézil, who remarked that similar mythology and details are found in other ancient Indo-European stories. This weapon take on the form of a snake, proving deadly upon impact. During the exile of the Pandavas, Duryodhana and his allies were captured by Chitrasena, a Gandharva king, for their misdeeds. He bitterly opposes the Pandavas and is the pillar of support to the Kauravas, yet as he nears his fatal battle, he is also willing to accept his mistakes and recognize the good in Yudhisthira and the Pandavas he opposes.  Together they reach Arjuna with Krishna. In this way this astra was helpful for Arjuna in assassinating Karna and establishing Dharma on the Earth. Mahabharat Episode 44: Arjuna vs Karna – A Battle between Archrivals.  Karna, in contrast, adopts the hawkish approach and becomes the first to suggest a direct confrontation in the form of the Kurukshetra war. [note 4] Pritha felt confused and ashamed, worried what everyone will think and how she will embarrass her family. Arjuna used the Mohini-astra and the Madhava-astra to demolish these asuras. Therefore, an unexpressed reason for the refusal of the teachers to let Karna participate is is their fear that he may defeat their favorite pupil, the Pandava Arjuna. On knowing about Arjuna's penance, Duryodhana sent a demon Mookasura to kill Arjuna. [note 5][note 6] The varna-based discrimination and verbal insults on Arjuna, for lovely Draupadi's hand, one that Karna initiates at the time of Draupadi's svayambara competition comes back to haunt him many times through angry Bhima and others who remind Karna that he is merely a suta-putra (son of a charioteer). Used by Arjuna to kill chariot-less Karna Twashtar Astra: Twashtri, the heavenly builder When used against a group of opponents (such as an army), would cause them to mistake each other for enemies and fight each other. , 3rd Pandava prince Arjuna was Karna's peer and equal. By now, Karna knows that the Pandavas are his own brothers. Later, in a quieter moment with Krishna such as in section 5.139.45, and to his lifelong friend Duryodhana in section 8.1.7, Karna confides he was wrong in insulting Draupadi and the Pandavas, it is his past karma that haunts him and is a source of his private suffering. According to this, they have to either defeat or make alliance with other kingdoms. This sets him apart as someone special, with gifts no ordinary mortal has. Get weekly updates on the newest articles, quotes and newsletters right in your mailbox. Karna also accuses Bhisma and Drona as covetous materialists and dishonest in counseling Duryodhana with non-violent strategies. , The story of his unmarried mother getting the child due to her curiosity, his divine connection to the Hindu god Surya, then his birth appears for the first time in the epic in section 1.104.7. It is unclear whether he married them before or after Draupadi's swayamvar. Karna then used Bramhastra against Arjuna which was made ineffective by Bramhastra used by Arjuna. No, not all those soldiers may have had apneumonic mentality which Duryodhana had but then Arjuna had to kill all of them because they were all siding with Duryodhana. He does not mind if he loses the battle; he knows Krishna will not let the Kauravas win. By the thirteenth day of the Mahabharata war, numerous soldiers, kings, brothers and sons of Kauravas (Karna's side) and Pandavas (Arjuna's side) had been killed, many by foul means.  Karna retaliates with words too, stating that Arjuna's death is so near that he will "not wash his feet until Arjuna is slain". He hated him. Now the battle is on. To subscribe online, click here. Duryodhana supports him. Offerings From Sadhguru In Challenging Times, Joint and Musculoskeletal Disorders Program, In this episode of the Mahabharat series, the Pandavas and Draupadi and leave for the forest. The decorum and life of civility is replaced by the laws…, Mahabharat Episode 20: Of Ploy, Humiliation and Revenge, In this Mahabharat episode, the Pandavas make a daring escape from the fiery trap set by the Kauravas.  He does the right thing (dharma) yet is cruel and mean (adharma). Both of them went on fighting with more divine weapons. But I feel strange love for you, and I want to protect your reputation. Bhima was furious he told Arjuna to put an end to Karna otherwise he would kill him with his mace.  The basket discovered and Karna is adopted and raised by foster Suta parents named Radha and Adhiratha Nandana of the charioteer and poet profession working for king Dhritarashtra.  To the victim Draupadi, it was a violence she would never forget nor live with, and Karna's personal regrets did not balance out her sexual humiliation in public. General category Pasupatastra is described one time in Mahabharat. Later Arjuna captured Drupada and freed his cousins and his rival. Karna also used Divya Astra against Arjuna. In the process, Pandava soldiers also die in big numbers. But in the night, his occult powers come to full flowering, and he is creating havoc. Karna says, “I have not come here to win the war; I have not come here to rule; I have not come here to get a kingdom.  According to Julian Woods, these stories suggest that the difficulty isn't really between "dharma and adharma", but rather "conflict between different dharmas". They adopt him right away and name him Vasushena.  It is too late. He calls for "together we should slay the Pandavas" as the final solution. Kurukshetra is full of spirit presences, of the lords of the astras. He hesitates. The epic uses glowing words to describe Karna, but the presentation here is compressed in 21 shlokas unlike the later books which expand the details. , Karna resembles various famous characters found in Hindu texts.  Within Mahabharata, which follows the story within a story style of narration, the account of Karna's birth has been narrated four times. The arrow flew threw the air and cut off Karna’s head. Karna returned the arrow fire, as he and Arjuna traded blows with their deadly arsenal of astras. Shurasena asked Pritha to ensure that Durvasa's stay was comfortable. Karna keeps the Indra's missile in reserve since it could only be used once, and aims to kill Arjuna with it. It raises the question whether a person’s social position should be defined by birth or by some other criterion, such as accomplishment of some sort. Older space movie with a half-rotten cyborg prostitute in a vending machine? At school and in episodes where his character appears, he is repeatedly rejected, subjected to ridicule and bullied for being the son of a poor family, and particularly for his low birth. , Karna evolves into a character who shares Duryodhana's view that Pandavas are bad and enemies, though for different reasons. , Karna grows up to be an accomplished warrior of extraordinary abilities, a gifted speaker and becomes a loyal friend of Duryodhana. Karna feels Duryodhana is that friend who stood by him when everyone rejected him. Karna once again tried to frantically lift his chariot wheel, but to no avail. By the thirteenth day of the Mahabharata war, numerous soldiers, kings, brothers and sons of Kauravas (Karna's side) and Pandavas (Arjuna's side) had been killed, many by foul means. Also, moving forward in the war to attain victory without defeating Karna was almost impossible for the Pandavas. Surrender. Karna thus saves his reputation among his soldiers, launches the missile and kills Ghatotkacha. For Karna, his only objective was to kill Arjuna. But maybe you can’t go back to your wife; maybe it is another brother’s time,” he taunts Yudhishthira.  The Mahabharata mentions Karna as the main challenger of Arjuna at sporting and skills competitions. He then requests his support to end the cascading cycle of violence and war. He tells Karna, “Use the Shakti; kill this giant.” Karna hesitates because he is saving the Shakti astra for Arjuna. Thus a battle took place. Like a bull, you have grown. The gathered Kshatriyas too angrily support Karna, for they against the mixing of varna (here, Brahmin-Kshatriya marriage). , At the svayamvara competition of Draupadi, where she is expected to choose her husband, both Arjuna and Karna are present. Eighteen days of war are over. With each dilemma, the Mahabharata presents various sides and shades of answers through the characters. Arjuna (Sanskrit: अर्जुन, IAST: arjuna) is a central character of the Indian epic Mahabharata.Arjuna was the son of Pandu and Kunti in the Kuru Kingdom.He was the spiritual son of Indra. Krishna tells Karna that Kunti is his biological mother and Pandavas are his half-brothers.  Duryodhana and Karna's Kaurava friends plead that they are finished unless Karna does whatever it takes to kill Ghatotkacha. Duryodhana intervenes, praises both, presses Shalya to guide the chariot for the critical battle. Draupadi too never likes Karna thereafter. , He is a tragic hero in the Mahabharata, in a manner similar to Aristotle's literary category of "flawed good man". [note 2], The story of Karna is told in the Mahābhārata, one of the Sanskrit epics from the Indian subcontinent. The attributed author of Mahabharata, the sage Vyasa, was also born from an unwed union of Satyavati and sage Parashara. Krishna knew that it was the only time possible to kill Karna, else he was invincible. Arjuna had to kill Karna in such a kind of situations only because Karna had banes from Godess Earth and poor brahmin. Karna dies. Bhagadatta received that weapon from Narakasura. The Karna story has been retold and adapted into drama, plays and dance performances in India and southeast Asia. With this one astra, he can kill Arjuna; he is saving it for Arjuna. Brahmasira on Bhargawastra? This knowledge affects Karna, he feels ashamed that he was abandoned, and this frames his sense of self-identity through the epic. , In the modern day Mahabharata, nine sons are mentioned – Vrishasena, Chitrasena, Satyasena, Sushena, Shatrunjaya, Dvipata, Banasena, Prasena and Vrishaketu. Krishna, a non-conformist, a rebel to the core and non-ritualist who gives new meaning to every term he uses in the Gita, assures Arjuna that there is neither abhikrama-nasha nor pratyavaya in karma yoga. Following the rules of the war, Karna did not try to kill unconscious Arjuna but instead use this time to lift the wheel. According to Bimal Matilal, the characters face a "choice between irreconcilable obligations", between two good or two poor choices, where complex circumstances must be considered. His character is developed in the epic to raise and discuss major emotional and dharma (duty, ethics, moral) dilemmas. Bhargavastra: Parashurama, an avatar of Lord Vishnu: Lord … Karna participates with Duryodhana in schemes to effect the downfall of the Pandavas. Kauravas seem to be winning the battle and Krishna explains to Arjuna how hesitation is the biggest sin. Lord Shiva, Mahakali. Then Karna knows that they are going to fight even when he is down. 3/26. At least give me your Shakti astra so that people in the future will feel that Indra did some exchange. , The first Indonesian president, Sukarno was named after Karna. In Mahabharata, Arjuna used this astra to slay Jayadaratha. Karna is carrying the bondage of curses in his life. , The second meaning of Karna as "rudder and helm" is also an apt metaphor given Karna's role in steering the war in Book 8 of the epic, where the good Karna confronts the good Arjuna, one of the climax scenes wherein the Mahabharata authors repeatedly deploy the allegories of ocean and boat to embed layers of meanings in the poem. Other characters in the epic, on both sides, present the same conflicted hues of human behavior in difficult circumstances. Karna asks Duryodhana what he would want in return for the kingdom he just gave out of his empire, Duryodhana replies, "I want your endless friendship Karna".  These questions arise with the circumstances related to his birth and through his death. Still, he wants glory.  Of those issues, ones relating to right or wrong behavior, duties, rights, and expectations from others are the domain of dharma-ethics. The war momentum shall continue and he aims to kill Arjuna. All the Kauravas are dead except Duryodhana. So he is not even one tenth the warrior that Arjuna is.  However, later in the epic, the generous Karna gives the "earrings and breastplate" away in charity, thereby becomes a mortal and later dies in a battle with Arjuna. Thus pierced, he was excessively pained. Karna realizes that Arjuna is not going to spare him, so he lands the first attack on Arjuna (from his chariot). If he fights now, forever he will be seen as a man who did not keep his word. It also transforms him into a loyal friend to Duryodhana, with an eagerness to reciprocate the favor. It will save your reputation.” The man is always strutting with a certain glory about himself. When karna launched this astra Arjuna said its impossible to counter this astra then lord krishna took away arjuna from the battlefield. Only Arjuna had this Astra. The leader of gods in return praises him and gives him a missile that can only be used once and will kill any mortal or immortal. Draupadi is the common wife of all five Pandava brothers, including Arjuna. , According to the Mahabharata, human conflicts such as those illustrated through Karna-Arjuna conflict are inherently complicated and come with circumstantial depth. According to McGrath, the Vedic mythology is loaded with the legendary and symbolism-filled conflict between Surya (sun) and Indra (clouds, thunder, rain). Krishna comforts him. , Karna keeps the Indra's missile in reserve since it could only be used once, and aims to kill Arjuna with it.  He was appointed the king of Anga (Bengal) by Duryodhana.  The legends of Karna too appear in many versions, including some versions that have no support in surviving manuscripts. Kunti then confesses that he is her firstborn. As a newborn, Karna's life begins in a basket without a rudder on a river, in circumstances that he neither chose nor had a say.  Called Vasusena as a child by his foster parents, he became known by the name Karna because of the golden earrings of Surya he used to wear, according to the Sanskrit epics scholar David Slavitt.  Duryodhana provides the goals, Karna conspires the means to get there.  Karna joined the Duryodhana's side in the Kurukshetra war. But for him, the only thing that really matters is to have the glory of ending a man’s life who is believed to be the greatest kshatriya ever – Arjuna. Karna promised to Kunti that he will not kill any of his other four half-brothers, but either "Arjuna or I" shall die and she can still say she has five sons just as she did all her life. – Indu Bhusan Nath Feb 24 '16 at 5:46 @InduBhusanNath, yes certain Divyastra s were indeed used in the war, but they were not as deadly in nature as we intend to discuss here .. e.g. Out of these names, Vrushali and Supriya are the most popular.  When circumstances lead to a conflict between two choices that are both right in their own premises, then following one duty becomes "contrary to the duty according to the other". Karna and Arjuna then waged a rough war against each other. Kunti then went to meet Karna, finds him praying. He says, “With all this muscle, what are you going to do? After Arjuna announces his royal lineage, it is time for Karna to present his lineage. When Arjuna came to meet Yudhishthira. No act, states Woods, on this earth "is wholly good or wholly bad". He says, “Kill him.” Arjuna protests, “But he is unarmed.” “It does not matter – kill him.” Karna is trying to get his chariot wheel out. It criticizes society’s flaws. Seriously? "You discarded me", says Karna to Kunti, "you destroyed me in a way that no enemy could ever do to him". This weapon destroyed all the arrows sent by the Pandava armies. Arjuna’s bow Gandiva for the first time fell down as he loses his grip on it. Vrisha – one who is truthful in speech and kept his vows.  They love him and raise him just like their own son. It is not "blood ties" that matter, but how someone treats you over a period of time that does.  At martial sporting events, Arjuna and Karna were often equal, though in his self-bragging style Karna once announced, states McGrath, that "he will perform any feat that Arjuna has accomplished and do it better".  If Karna were to announce his charioteer lineage, it would disqualify him from competing against Arjuna. Karna started panicking. The fight continues between Arjuna and Karna, and Arjuna soon invokes his Anjalika Astra, and cuts down the standard of Karna’s chariot and then slays Karna. He fought on his behalfagainst his own brothers during the Kurukshetra war.  What matters most in life are the "bonds of love", according to Karna, and not power over the world.  Then, the wheel of Karna's chariot gets stuck in the ground. On knowing this, Lord Shiva appeared there in the form of a hunter. As long as the world lives, Karna, your fame shall live in it,” and that is all Karna wanted.  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