Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen by Kavita Kané
Karna (Sanskrit: कर्ण, IAST: Karṇa), also known as Vasusena, Anga-Raja, Sutaputra and . While he was growing up, his adopting parents let Karna know that they had Karna meets Duryodhana for the first time in Hastinapura during archery He humiliates the Pandavas with his gift of speech and mocks Draupadi. Vrushali was the sister of Duryodhana's charioteer Satyasen. It is belived that Karna's adoptive father Adhiratha wanted Karna to get married to. As both she and Karna look down sheepishly, unable to meet Duryodhana's eyes , . Draupadi and Arjuna: Of the five Pandavas, Draupadi favors Arjuna the most. Arjuna departs on his 12 year tour of India, where he visits his father Indra.
Karna knows that Duryodhana was wrong and was on the path of self destruction, yet his loyalty is unwavering because of the acceptance and dignity the latter gave him. Some might see it as the behavior of an insecure person, and may be it is.
But what human being doesn't go through the insecurity of not being accepted by others. How many of us feel bad about being rejected for our virtues because some other external factor color, caste, race, or gender overshadows it? Karna went through all this and more. Yet he accepted his mistakes.
His longing for acceptance, his love for his adopted family, wife and sons, his passion for Uruvi whom he calls his conscience, are beautifully captured. On the eve of the battle, Krishna and Kunti, separately, try to dissuade Karna from fighting for Duryodhana and reveal the secret of his birth. He goes through hell because of this revelation and yet does not swerve from his path of loyalty. After his death Krishna says that Karna could be killed only if he gave up righteousness and Kunti and he attempted to do just that by revealing the story of his birth.
Thank you Kavita Kane for this beautiful book. Arjuna calls out to the Kauravas, including Karna, that he will kill Vrishasena. End of Vrishasena Arjuna then proceeds to show why he is regarded as the greatest archer of all times.
He shoots ten arrows at Vrishasena weakening him even as his father Karna watched on helplessly.
Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen
Karna weeps aloud when he sees the head of his son severed from the body. He curses Arjuna and challenged him to a battle. The only son who survived The only son to survive the Kurukshetra war and also Karna was Vrishakethu. The Pandavas then took him under their wing.
Vrishaketu accompanied Arjuna in his campaigns against Sudhava and Babruvahana. Arjuna and Krishna, both had great affection to Vrishakethu. He is believed to be the last mortal on earth to understand and know the use of Brahmastra, Varunastra and Vayuastra. This knowledge died with him as Krishna ordered him not to reveal it to anyon. Vrishaketu was killed by Babruvahana. It is attributed to the author Pukalentippulavar. Karna Moksham is performed on two important occasions.
In the night preceding the sixteenth day of the funerary rites observed by rural, non-Brahmin communities, relatives of the deceased may arrange for the performance of the play. Occasion of performance of Karna Moksham If the deceased is a man leaving behind a wife, the play also marks the transition of the bereaved woman into widowhood. The other important occasion for the performance of Karna Moksham is a Paratam Mahabharata festival.
Before going to the battlefield Karna wishes to say farewell to his wife, Ponnuruvi. Her lady-friends inform Ponnuruvi that Karna wants to see her.
A snubbed husband Karna requests Ponnuruvi to give him tampulam, the auspicious gift of areca nut and betel leaves, which symbolizes victory, before he will join the battle. Ponnuruvi refuses to open her door and lets him stand outside on the doorstep to her apartments.
Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Vrushali
Karna then wants to know why she has hated him from the beginning and why she thinks of him with dislike. He reveals that he is the illegitimate child of Kunti and the Sun-God, and begins telling the story of his birth. She becomes another woman, asking Karna to forgive her ignorance, and refusing to part from him.
In an attempt to prevent Karna from going to the battlefield Ponnuruvi objects against his association with Duryodhana, whom she calls a man of bad character who ordered the disrobing of a woman. What will he gain by slaying the Pandavas, his own half- brothers? Karna thus saves his reputation among his soldiers, launches the missile and kills Ghatotkacha. Duryodhana and Kaurava army rejoice with the death of Bhima's son Ghatotkacha, but now Karna had exhausted the weapon that gave him an advantage over Arjuna.
Above is the scene at the 12th-century Hoysaleswara TempleKarnataka. The South Indian king considers it below his dignity to be a mere charioteer and starts insulting Karna, who retaliates with words.
Duryodhana intervenes, praises both, presses Shalya to guide the chariot for the critical battle. Since all previous commanders of Duryodhana had been killed, he anoints Karna as the senapati commander of all his forces for the first time. Karna and Shalya head into the battlefield together, though they keep insulting each other's abilities and intent, lack mutual devotion and teamwork.
They battle that day, each showing his martial skills of attack as well as his ability to neutralize all weapons that reach their chariot. Karna steps out of his chariot and is distracted while trying to unstick it. Arjuna — whose own son was killed by the Kauravas a day ago while he was trying to unstick his chariot's wheel — takes this moment to launch the fatal attack.
According to McGrath, the Vedic mythology is loaded with the legendary and symbolism-filled conflict between Surya sun and Indra clouds, thunder, rain. The attributed author of Mahabharata, the sage Vyasawas also born from an unwed union of Satyavati and sage Parashara. Both Karna and Kumbhakarna did not take part in the great wars of their respective epics at the start.
Karna's kawach breastplate armour has been compared with that of Achilles 's Styx -coated body and with Irish warrior Ferdiad 's skin that could not be pierced. 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.
It is not an atomistic or compartmentalized concept, rather incorporates "ways of living, ways of seeing and ways of relating to life's ultimate issues", according to Matilal. Karna chooses loyalty to his lifelong friend and "good policy based on his heart" to be of higher value than accepting Krishna's recommendation that he switch sides and become the king as the eldest son of Kunti based on dharmasastras.
We want them to be treated with respect as equals. The Mahabharata is not content simply to point out the weaknesses of human beings.Mahabharat Karna's story
Karna has to be 'the wrong person in the wrong place' — this is what Karna symbolizes to many minds today. Life may have been unfair to Karna but he rises above pity. Despite his flaws we admire him. On the Subtle Art of Dharma  abridged Circumstances and subjective morality As the Karna story unfolds, similar to other stories in epic,  it raises moral dilemmas.
With each dilemma, the Mahabharata presents various sides and shades of answers through the characters. 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. These circumstances make the evaluation of the choices complicated and a decision difficult, subjective. Under these circumstances, there is an inherent subjective weighing of one moral duty against another.
During violence and war, where all sides are motivated in part by their own beliefs in what constitutes righteousness, coupled with anger, frustration, and fear, the circumstances are ever more complex, actions irreversible, choices difficult. The choices made by Karna and his opponents must then be reflected upon both in terms of the circumstances and the mesh of multiple relative goods or bads, by characters each with different combinations of human strengths and weaknesses.
No act, states Woods, on this earth "is wholly good or wholly bad".
According to Das, all of the epic's characters including Karna do good deeds, foul deeds, and they are "ineradicable mixture of good and evil". Karna is a mirror with "insights into human nature" and how circumstances have the ability to shape human behavior and one's personality.
Least Known Characters Of Mahabharata – Vrushali | RoBa's World
Karna is not evil, just a misfit or a rebel, an inspiring character if viewed from one set of values and an abnormal character from another set of values. Other characters in the epic, on both sides, present the same conflicted hues of human behavior in difficult circumstances.
The reader and epic's audience can empathize with his psychology, as well as the psychology and the counter-behavior of his victims. He refuses to wear "Emperor's New Clothes", states Adarkar, and thus "being revealed as a fraud" and ever-adapting to new psychological garb.
Karna exemplifies a personality that does not "discard identity after identity, but rather one who thrives by accepting and steadfastly hanging on to a meaningful identity". 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. He is a victim of his circumstances beyond his choosing, as much as the cause of circumstances that victimize other flawed heroes of the epic.
His life story raises compassion, sorrow with an impending sense of destruction and fear phobos and eleos in the audience, as any good tragic drama. Karna, and many Rajput ballads, are clearly tragedies in the Aristotlean and Elizabethan sense, states Ingalls. He is both generous to the Brahmins yet arrogant and cruel to the Pandavas. These versions vary significantly from each other as well as the Mahabharata manuscript. The marathi books of Radheya authored by Ranjit Desai and Mrityunjay authored by Shivaji Sawant bring forth a fictionalized account of Karna's private and personal life.
One who rides the Chariot of light, which narrates Karna's life.