Reason Behind Karna’s Death

 
Contributed by : Pallavi Hota   
Reason Behind Karna’s Death

This is a story of Karna, Krishna, and Arjuna

Mahabharata is an ancient Indian epic about the brothers, Pandavas and kauravas. It describes the battle between them in the Kurukshetra war for the throne of Hastinapura. It is an epic tale that combines war, religion, philosophy and Hindu history. Following is a story from “The Mahabharata.”


On the 17th day of the war, Karna was faced with Arjuna, his ultimate rival. But by now, Karna had also exhausted the Divyastra, the weapon that Lord Indra had given which he had to use on Ghatothkach, the son of Bhima and Hidimba. He had no Kavach-Kundal to protect him anymore and he found his chariot's wheels stuck in the squish of the battlefield. He forgot the Brahmastra as Parshuram his Guru had cursed him that he would forget the very potent mantra on the battlefield when he most needed it. Lord Krishna had promised Lord Indra that he will protect Arjuna.


At one point, Karna found himself stuck with an immobile chariot, all weapons lost, broken or useless. Krishna inspired Arjun to fire a salvo. Karna died at the hands of his own brothers. After the death of Karna, Kunti rushed to the battlefield when the war machine went silent for the day. She held his face and hugged her son tight. Pandavas learnt the truth about their relationship with Karna that evening. They also carried out the last rites of fallen Karna.




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