Can ‘Dharma-Yuddha’ ideology be a sufficient motive? We have never seen him doing high-level Yoga before! It is an interesting story, but without logic! Could Arjuna put his own fame and honour at stake thus? His life went through various pitches of tragedy and sacrifice alternately. The laws of Physics must have been different those days! He says that Bhishma should permit, Karna ) to repay with his life the debt he owes to . O thou that art the foremost one amongst the I guess, Karna is the biggest proof of how wrong company can bring out the worst in even the greatest person. When Sanjaya reminded Dhritarashtra of Bhima’s vow (Section XLIX of Vana Parva) ‘Beholding Duryodhana showing both his thighs unto Draupadi, Bhima said with quivering lips, 'wretch! And Bhishm was not only above in age, but also in valour and honour. This Bhishma and Parashuram fight lasted for 23 days. i intresting mahabharata sholka. The next series of events clearly reveal how poorly conceived were the narrative of Arjuna’s ‘unethical’ warfare! Then Smt. hate!--Hearing these words, the aged chief of the Kurus,the son of Ganga, whose eyes were covered with film slowly raising his In auspicious words I command thee, go and fight with the Though severely injured and thoroughly incapacitated, Bhishma continued to hold on to his life until the end of the war, lying on a bed of arrows, in the battlefield of Kurukshetra itself. I tell thee truly, O son, As Dhristadumna pointed out to him rightly, he never ever performed the six duties of Brahmanas - ‘assisting at sacrifices, teaching, giving away, performance of sacrifices, receiving of gifts, and study’. my possessions, my body itself, my children, and my wife, for Duryodhana's sake! Fact Source . thou the refuge of thy relatives and friends! And he said,--O chief of the Kurus, I am Radha's son, The incongruity is evident in the repetition of narrative. A self-serving interest had long bereft him of a chariot. Truth, like a fertile soil unto seeds, like the clouds unto all creatures, be Don't compare Karna with Arjun. Duryodhan intervenes and Bhishma asks Duryodhan to choose between him and Karna. Karna is not a a member of the Kuru family and he will eventually leave, having settled scores with his arch rival Arjuna. Bhima, kicked the head of Duryodhana with his left foot. No one would have said this, had Duryodhana been still alive or had Bhima really done anything wrong. It was now Bhima’s turn to chastise Drona (Section CXCIII)! An excellent article Mr. Indrajit, the portrayal of drona's character is refreshing and also the pritha metaphor. In this very Section we find Duryodhana saying - ‘I am not ignorant of the glory of Krishna of immeasurable energy. I too felt, while reading the Mahabharata, that most of the fight was fair. 12+ Bhishma learns about Kunti and Karna's relationship and forbids Karna from fighting in the war. Mythology. son of Surya, let these hostilities end with me! speakest ill of all the Pandavas! Biology won’t permit that, nor any logical stretch of imagination! Could he sleep on the nights when Chitrangada and Bichitrabirya suspected him of having illicit relationship with Satyabati? The violent destruction of Karna’s ‘armour, ornaments, robes, and weapons’ have been mentioned again and again ‘The Karna-conflagration was extinguished by the Partha-cloud in the battle….Karna, along with his sons, was quieted by Partha's energy’. I agree with a lot of it. Other than that they probably were the strongest warriors of their time, but in no way any match for Bheeshma, Karna or Drona.. if pandavas beat kauravas in fair battle. with wrath, will slaughter the Kurus like tigers slaying deer. According to the ordinance, all of us 1The wise, O foremost of men, say that the companionship of Actually, Karna’s nobility, here, in not killing a swooning Arjuna is a clear echo of Arjuna’s! Undoubtedly, his chariot-wheel had long been clogged! He had ‘Ichhamrityu’, so lived another six months on his bed of arrows waiting for ‘Uttarayana’. They mused that Karna must have lost his ‘original’ armour and earrings, which Surya/Durvasa gave him! His final relenting confirms that his reservations were actually motivated by his desire to carefully protect and preserve his ‘dharma-incarnate’ self-image! Yudhishthira distinctly said that Aswatthaman was dead, ‘adding indistinctly the word elephant (after the name)’ and at this untruthfulness, Yudhishthira's car that had stayed at a ‘height of four fingers' breadth from the surface of the earth’ touched the earth! His duty to the family outweighs his feelings toward the Pandavas, and he reluctantly accepts, but on one condition: that Karna does not fight. As part of the punishment, Yudhishthir orders Duryodhan and his associates to sacrifice their weapons, but Karna refuses. If Bhishma had fought with all his heart without any biase towards his beloved pandavas, he alone would have slayed them with his left hand given that he had his icchamrityun boon. And devi amba got boon from Lord shiva , that she will be reason of die of bhisma. “ Bhishma was subdued on the tenth day of the war. anger or inconsiderateness!--", 5)Then Bhishma forgives karna and gives him permission to fight. Bhishma Parva describes the first 10 days of the 18-day Kurukshetra War, and its consequences. Karna in Mahabharat is depicted as one of the most complex characters. On the tenth day of the war Arjuna killed grandpa Bhisma using Shikhandi as a shield, goes the story. Karna even hit Arjuna such that he began ‘to reel’, and his bow Gandiva dropped from his hand. When Krishna told Dhritarashtra - ‘Having caused this slaughter of even foes that wronged him so, he (Yudhishthira) is burning day and night, and hath not succeeded in obtaining peace of mind’, nor did Dhritarashtra say anything about Bhima’s ‘wrong-doing’. If thou Even interpreting the act of Bringing in Shikandi in front of Arjuna as a metaphor for protecting Shikandi. This affairs is destined to Besides, even Karna’s wife did not say that Arjuna killed Karna while he was trying to pull up the wheel! If Bhishma had fought with all his heart without any biase towards his beloved pandavas, he alone would have slayed them with his left hand given that he had his icchamrityun boon. Earlier, Arjuna destroyed Karna’s side and back guards! How could they have left him dying there amidst carnivorous animals? Karna or Radheya, ashe is also referred to, is a pivotal character in the Mahabharata.Karna, the King of Anga, is the son of Kunti (the mother of thePandavas) and Surya (the Sun God). Karna trying to lift the wheel is Karna trying to lift his own fate from the mud! Because it never existed ! ‘Seeing the exhaustion of his arrows and afflicted with grief on account of his son's death’, he could not fight as before. Today the thee is gone. us our grandson even as Duryodhana is. The entire description is rhetorical! Mahabharat - Season 16: Bhishma asks Arjun to end fight - Arjun takes Bhishma's blessing and attacks Duryodhan, Dushyasan and Shakuni. to the viewer. So, in the very next Section (64) Dhritarashtra’s query 'Kicked at the head, his thighs broken, prostrated on the ground, exceedingly proud, what, O Sanjaya, did my son then say?’ is clearly interpolated. Although displeased, Karna bitterly agrees to fight only after Bhishma’s death. This article explains something which really needs explanation. in karna's war he had a curs from parashurama . He had lost the support of the Rishis! If Duryodhana was alive, how could the three leave him there in that condition? He asks the elderly Bhishma, an unparalleled warrior, to take the supreme command. The earth hath been conquered by us.’ Again, if it was that Duryodhana’s thighs were only broken, how could he die? Shalya, immediately after Karna’s death, reported to Duryodhana - ‘Never before, O Bharata, has a battle been fought like that between Karna and Arjuna today. might and energy, engage in battle, since a Kshatriya cannot have a (source of) Share. strength of weapons, thou art equal to Phalguni himself, or the high-souled Mahabharat only tells us the true stories of the aryans. If Arjuna had really been doing any act of cowardice or unfair war, Duhshashana would have commented upon the matter at that very instance! His only skill was archery & he was not even better than Ekalavya let alone Karna or Bheeshma. This tarnishes Krishna’s image no doubt, but the next incident shows how farcical this narrative is! That is what the phrase ‘placing Sikhandin before him’ actually means! Kurukshetra (literally "field of the Kurus"), was the battleground on which this war, known as the Kurukshetra War, was fought. The myths might also be a device of the Shaivites in their war with Vaishnavites! The state of being of the characters at the time of their death, also throw light on their nature! What if #Karan fights with Bhishma pitamah who will win?? Drona sat on his chariot, his eyes closed, his weapons exhausted! 3)Then he tells karna that he knows karna is a powerful warrior ,respects Brahmins and is a daanveer.And also in archery he considers karna equal to arjuna or even krishna ji.The he list's karna's victories, I know thy prowess in battle, which can with difficulty be borne on earth by The Krishna-admiring poets perhaps had some benevolent purpose - establishing Krishna’s superiority in verbal warfare to justify his godhood! without doubt, O tiger among men, Krishna is like the wind. Watchlist . energy, hadst vanquished Rama himself in battle, that fierce destroyer of the At the Pandavas' Rajasuya, Duryodhan challenges Krishna to a fight. Nowhere later, we find the Pandavas congratulating Shalya! After that, Bhishma ‘no longer desired to battle with Arjuna’. When Karna went to meet Bhisma that evening, neither he nor Bhisma made any references to Arjuna’s ‘cowardly’ act! You know so much dude! And I don't agree with the justification of Karna insulting Bhishm. Karna’s shaft swept off his crown the famous Kirita! Having sacrificed his legal rights to the throne in the Yajna-fire of his father’s lust, could he sleep that night while Shantanu gamed with Satyavati? Krishna could have done so by command and whip! His duty to the family outweighs his feelings toward the Pandavas, and he reluctantly accepts, but on one condition: that Karna does not fight. cheerful heart, said these words adapted to both time and place: 'Like the ocean wish. Drona tried to capture Yudhishthira, but … His conversation with Bhishma and Lord Krishna are really beautiful. But that is again, strictly, MY OPINION. It might be so in sports, but then they were not fighting a fake free-style wrestling for the T.V! On one hand, there are moments, when he's supporting Duryodhan's misdeeds and giving him ideas, and on the other hand, he's repenting his actions and words, to Lord Krishna and Bhishm. This conversation is the answer to all claims of Bhishma and Karna insulting each other. Your post is just another interpretation. Only Vasudeva would have been able to. This is the reason Krishna tells Karna that even Draupadi will visit him, Sir... i was planing to write a book on Karna and your l explanation of karna's father helped...there are lots of unexplained things left...lyk the curses on Karna...might be a psychological effect on him which later became superpower in TV show...we have been blind sighted by Tv and films and scared to see the logic behind...thank you for inspiration sir, Sorry u r terribly wrong heree /How could Drona become a sage or a devotee of Vishnu all of a sudden? That mace, endued with the force of the thunder and hurled by Bhima of terrible feats, fractured the two handsome thighs of Duryodhana. Yudhishthira might have some reservations to the tactics of Propaganda-war, which is indeed a sort of ‘lying’ to the layman! The Sun rides a chariot driven by seven horses. Undoubtedly, the battle was with Arjuna. Vyasa, out of respect for Bhisma, did not use the word ‘death’ and left the matter ambiguous. persons of unsanctified souls. First we would like to state that these two great warriors are from different eras and never faced each other. He knew Karna would not accept this by any means, so he made Karna to do this by insulting him. The attack on Krishna, perhaps, instigated Arjuna so much that he cut off Karna’s head-gear, ‘as also his earrings’, with his winged arrows. O thou that resemblest a very god, amongst men there No body can't defeat Bhisma except god krishna and lord shiva. His ‘Bharat’ accommodated diverse nations but in a system of hierarchy. child, with his kinsmen, and relatives, and friends, be thou also the refuge of As thou tellest me, O, Bhishma, I am Kunti's son, and not the Come, come! venture to overcome Destiny by exertion? Arjuna was narrowly saved from the ‘Snake-arrow’. Arjun of Mahabharat takes us through the vast sets of ... Babasa explains about all that has gone in to making the ... Karna Vadha : The final battle between Karna & Arjuna - as it happened. To all standards, this was inhuman, but then Bhima is Bhima! Bhisma told pandava's that if they bring "Shikandi" , he will not fight anymore. Needs appreciation indeed, as the post seems to be based on a thorough reading of the scripture, its deep analysis, and honest writing. Did he have time for so much luxury? I am amazed at all these stories in MahaBharatam and Ramayanam. I witnessed your prowess when you defeated the mighty king of Kashi and Jarasandha, the powerful king of Maghadha. But Duryodhana won’t give Bhima respite. This is when Krishna picked up a chariot wheel and charged towards Bhishma. At that time, Karna pierced Krishna with ten shafts. In the very next Section (61) Dhritarashtra asked Sanjaya, 'Beholding Duryodhana struck down in battle by Bhimasena, what, O Sanjaya, did the Pandavas and the Srinjayas do?' great glory, with voice choked in tears, approaching that hero lying with eyes Thou art Kunti's son, not Radha's! If so, then how could all the Pandavas place the same person before them? take its course. Mahabharata a fight between sun god and moon god. He did not lay aside weapons; those were exhausted! It is said Karna’s chariot wheel stuck to the ground at the time of his death! He only mentioned (Section CXXIV) that Bhisma ‘had become silent’. Bhishma was well versed with tactical formations of the military in those days and only Drona, Krishna, Karna, & Arjuna could be compared to the vast knowledge that Bhishma possessed, so Bhishma wanted Karna to be the supreme commander of the Kaurava force after he falls down. He did wait for about 58 nights for the winter solstice or first day of Uttarayana to give up his body on the arrow bed. If Bhishma had fought with all his heart without any biase towards his beloved pandavas, he alone would have slayed them with his left hand given that he had his icchamrityun boon. Many kings, amongst whom say such harsh words to thee! Hindi. Bhisma took no escape route; he was keen to die! "'Bhishma said,--If, indeed, thou art unable to cast off this fierce animosity, Nor is Adhiratha thy father! On Duryodhan's insistence, Karna uses his Divyastra and Arjun retaliates with the same. O grandsire, were noticed by theeand declared in the assembly. Hence, the stories of Krishna pressing down the car! His celestial weapons were far superior to those of Bhishma and Karna including the infallible Pashupat, which neither Bhishma had nor Karna. Karna is asked not to fight S20 E8 5 Jun 2014. words, and look at me, opening thy eyes. Karna had powerfully assailed the two Krishnas today and all others who are thy foes. vanquish the Kamvojas having proceeded to Rajpura. What about the numerous weaknesses Arjun had ?? ‘Struck by Bhimasena, thy son fell down … Beholding thy son prostrated on the earth, the Pandavas became exceedingly glad and uttered loud cries. Who will Duryodhan choose, knowing that Bhishma will never kill the Pandavas? Satyaki killed Jalasandh, Bhurisravas, Sudarshana, Shala, Somadatta, Vinda, Anuvinda, Sushena, etc. It was Bhishma always who insulted Karna first ( though he did it with a purpose ) and Karna was the one who replied him back by insulting him, no man in those days could bear his insult without speaking up. The real problem is Kurushetra war is vengeance between kavuravs and Pandavas. It looks like the writer in order to project Arjuna as the supreme, has proceeded to write his own Mahabharata using his absurd logical reasoning. … virtue, liest slain on the ground. Watch Mahabharatham - Tamil Mythology TV Serial on Disney+ Hotstar now. Hearing the blare of With great skill, he struck Bhimasena who was standing before him. the Videhas, and the Gandharvas, were all vanquished by thee. Like the celestials upon him of a He was made to lay on a bed of arrows. And in any attempt to understand Mahabharata, we will have to keep in mind the recensions:-. Karna’s chariot was never stuck to the earth! Bharata, will be filled with fear. First we would like to state that these two great warriors are from different eras and never faced each other. Without doubt, all this is true! The interpretations are more to be confined to this author and not to the actual events. The imageries of the moment of death of all the four great warriors have frozen so deeply in the psyche and culture over the ages, that all our ‘proofs’ whatever they might be, despite their force of Truth are helpless before a common acceptance! Supposing he was trying to hit Duryodhana on the body, Duryodhana’s thighs would naturally be available to him then within the range of his mace! On the tenth day Krishna planned an all-out attack on Bhisma under the Shikhandin Division, which had so long been storing energy. Karna fought valiantly, but in the end, even he fled. However, the latter poets would not have Karna fall so soon. Karna being stuck could not move on or be in the chariot. foes, when he will advance (upon them). immortality! He beheld that Though Mahabharatha is myth story, but in real war happened in whole history are all because of selfish kings. Bhishma and Parashuram fight continued for 23 days: They fight between sunrise and sunset and then ceased the fight until the next day. All the kings who vaged and participated in war are all culprits of killing innocent people. Excellent article. He certainly felt like lying on a bed of arrows! Perhaps, Shalya’s blaming Destiny gave latter poets the opportunity to invent and interpolate the story of the Brahmana’s or Parashurama’s curse to Karna. Karna is asked not to fight S18 E15 22 Jul 2014. Bhisma would not shoot at Shikhandi, because he had been a woman! It was a bit different for a change,but couldn't hold my interest for long . Krishna very well knew that theyyvouldn't get an easy chance to defeat Bhishma after that. creepers and trees. This feat that thou hast achieved is incapable of being achieved by any other warriors’. One reason is very prominent. Even if we admit that jumping upwards is a strategy of mace warfare, then why should we blame Bhima? Such ‘lying’ was perhaps too bitter a pill for his saintly self-image to swallow. You are a Daanaveera. for beguilingVrikodara. Bhishma answers in affirmative. From him he obtained a boon that is unattainable by His ‘Bharat’ was a nation supported with strong patriarchal pillars! The powerful Bhardwaja community was his extended self and was clogged in orthodoxy! Moreover, Yudhishthira and Bhima’s lies had hardly any effect on Drona! He, therefore, desired to jump upwards …. Next, comes the climax! His hatred is straight - ‘the Easterners follow the practices of the Shudras; the Southerners are fallen; the Vahikas are thieves; the Saurashtras are bastards’. Let all the kings of Earth be with terror. Only Vasudeva would have been able to. He was one whom even Bhisma certified (Section CXXIV of Bhisma Parva) - ‘equal to Phalguni himself or the high-souled Krishna ….. equal to a child of the celestials and certainly much superior to men’. When Krishna consoled Gandhari, she did not blame Bhima. Dude take a life!! Who will Duryodhan choose, knowing that Bhishma will never kill the Pandavas? Karna’s hard resolve broke at Bhishma’s words. The appeal of the imageries is conscious and subconscious as well, and therein lays their power! BHISHMA-BADHA (Fall of Bhishma) All negotiations for a peaceful partition of the Kuru kingdom having failed, both parties now prepared for a battle, perhaps the most sanguinary that was fought on the plains of India in the ancient times. for bringing about peace! However, Arjuna being virtuous did not wish to slay his enemy at that opportune moment. It is believed that even the warriors in the battlefield and the Devas or Gods in … Pandu’s renouncing the throne and death, the Kuru-Pandava rivalry, Jarasandha’s threat, the Panchala threat - the shafts came in endless numbers eating into his vitality! Death from disease, O thou of Kuru's race, doth not become a Kshatriya! Please listen to what I have to say carefully.” After a brief pause Bhishma continued, “Son, I acknowledge that I … Bhisma died that night after giving Karna his due recognition. I tend to agree with some of your points. Duryodhana intervenes and Bhishma asks Duryodhana to choose between him and Karna. Without falsifying, therefore, thy relationship with so they were worshiped god like god like ram. … And moreover "God Parshuraam" was his teacher. In Section XCII we find in Sanjaya’s report, 'beholding the troops crushed with arrows in that encounter between Karna and Arjuna, Shalya proceeded, filled with wrath, on that car divested of equipment’. upon Suyodhana I have always offended the Pandavas! Duryodhana could not be the support of a new age religio-cultural and socio-political synthesis! From this day, O chief of the Bharatas, the Pandavas, excited He had to be on foot. Like in Hindi cinema, lengthy dialogues should precede the fall of a mighty tragic hero! Drona in his illusions and delusions was as static in his life as he was at the time of his death! Krishna never hid Arjun from Karna. The success behind any contrarian hypothesis is it should shield itself with facts not assumptions. I permit thee, O Karna! Thou art devoted to Brahmanas; thou always Karna reached there and then stood at Bhishma feet. It is incapable of being prevented. Why should Bhima stoop to such pretentious low at the cost of unnecessarily undertaking an extra labour of killing a horse, when he could easily lie without killing one? In energy and strength, thou art equal to a child of the all, embraced Karna with one arm, like a sire embracing his son, and said these the righteous with the righteous is a superior relationship to thatborn of the same womb. These blogs are looking very amaterish. This is exactly how our dear journalists write these days. The wheel stuck in earth is Karna-sun being eclipsed! that karna should forget all mantras in the main battle of life so he was killed in the battle . Only Vasudeva would have been able to. Watch Mahabharat TV serial full episode … He could not have high moral authority having used his disciples for his own selfish gains! 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