Central to the epic is an account of a war that took place between two rival families belonging to this clan. He feels as if he has left all his mortal ties by not doing so. Chitrasena, a brother of Karna, fled from the scene speaking harshly of Bhima. When he reached the pool he was very sad to see his brothers lying unconscious. On Bhishma's advice, Dhritarashtra gave half of the kingdom to Pandavas to rule. As the arrow came blazing toward Satyaki, Shikhandi shattered it with his own weapons. Yudhishthira was described to be an excellent car-warrior and a master at spear-fighting. Sanjaya continued: Overcome with lamentation at the death of their brother, ten of your sons, O King, rushed at Bhima. Karna clarified that to obtain the kingdom, the Pandavas must spend the specific period of time in woods otherwise be ready to fight in Kurukshetra. I do not ask for being the wealthiest man nor being the most powerful man. He entered the arrow that was being kept by Karna for Arjuna's death. When Karna saw that he could not defeat Arjuna with all his weapons, he set that arrow on his bow and drew back his bow string to full length. With four razor headed arrows, Arjuna cut off his bow, his two arms and his head that was adorned with beautiful earrings. He did not kill any of … As long as the earth will exist, people will speak of this great encounter.". Having threatened Karna, Arjuna struck Vrishasena with ten arrows that weakened him. Yudhisthira was joyous and requested to be taken to the place where Karna's body lay. "This story is often cited as an example of Yudhishthira's upright principles. He was raised by charioteers. Some were far away, even when the nakul also fell on the Bhim's request, the Yudhisthira told that Nakula did not consider anybody like Sundar, he was very proud of his sleep, therefore he died, After a while, Arjuna fell and died. Upon the fall of those ten sons, all the Kaurava soldiers fled away. King Shalya of Madra, Karna's charioteer (Shalya, who was the uncle of Nakula and Sahadeva, had been tricked into fighting on the Kaurava side, but had promised Yudhisthira that he would not allow Karna to kill Arjuna), told Karna to play safe by aiming the {naga-astram} arrow at Arjuna's chest. He then severed Duhshasana's head and displayed it for all to see. Finally, it was Yudhisthira who was able to reach the top, with the dog accompanying him. During his twelve-year exile, Yudhishthira learnt to magically control dice from the s… Yudhisthira’s grief. He was the amshavtara of Dharma and possessed many qualities (ie. He was raised by charioteers. Yudhishthira was a polyglot, knowing unusual languages. Supporting Karna were Duryodhana, Kritavarman, Kripa, Shakuni and Ashvatthama. At his sacrifice, Yudhishthira chose Krishna as his honoured guest. On the eve of the War Kunti extracted a promise from him that he would not kill Yudhisthira, Bhima, Nakula and Sahadeva. He then addressed Karna, Duryodhana, Kripa and Drona's son, "Today, I will kill this wretched Duhshasana. O Karna, my son, act according to the instructions of your real mother. Karna in Mahabharat is depicted as one of the most complex characters. You are the only one who can withstand the arrows of this great adhiratha. Then Lord Krishna said to Arjuna, "Cut off your enemy's head before he ascends his chariot." When the period of exile was completed, Duryodhana refused to return Yudhishthira's kingdom. You are the bravest man in the world, and you should know that now is not the time to kill me. The sound of his bow can be heard at all points of the battlefield. Dhritarashtra, on Bhishma's request, divided his kingdom to end the succession dispute between Yudhishthira and Duryodhana. Arjuna then invoked the Raudra weapon and set it to his bow. Following him were six bullock carts filled with his weapons. They caused gentle breezes to blow and flowers to fall from the sky. Bhima then spoke to all present, "All heroes, listen to my words! He was the amshavtara of Dharma and possessed many qualities (ie. Agreeing with the words of the lotus eyed Lord, Arjuna quickly cut the standard from Karna's chariot. Sanjaya continued: O Monarch, when Arjuna reached the front line of battle, he saw Bhima ripping open the Kaurava ranks. Before dying, Kindama cursed the king to die when he engages in intercourse with any woman. The English translation of the Mahabharata: one of the two major Sanskrit epics of India. Bhima did not spare karna. Had Yudhishthira's mother Kunti not kept that fact a secret, the war might have been averted, with millions spared. When Abhimanyu was being unfairly defeated by six great warriors, where were your moral word? Duhshasana lay on the ground rolling in pain. Where was your virtue at that time? About this promise to his mother Kunti, Karna never told Duryodhana. He suddenly forgot how to call the Brahmastra weapon with which he desired to kill Arjuna. The vow that I have taken has now been accomplished. He remembered how Duhshasana had grabbed the sanctified hair of his queen, Draupadi, and how he had uttered so many unkind words. He was very envious of Arjuna, and hearing about the battle between Karna and Arjuna, he rose up to watch the wonderful fight. Like all the Pandavas, his real father was a god, in this case, Surya. Giving up all their belongings and ties, the Pandavas, accompanied by a dog, made their final journey of pilgrimage to the Himalayas. As they came out of the earth and were returning to Karna's quiver, Arjuna cut them into three fragments. Karna's deadly arrow then swept off Arjuna's crown and smashed it to pieces. Dhristadyumna, Satyaki, the five sons of Draupadi, Shikhandi, Uttamaujas, Yudhamanyu, Nakula and Sahadeva were all fighting against Karna. Yamraj takes him to hell and tells him about his family's sins. Enraged, Karna took five snakes from his quiver, turned them into arrows and released them at Krishna. He first defeated Bhima, but left him alive, since he was his own younger brother. Thus the Pandavas celebrated the death of the great hero, ignorant of … He became unhappy at the turn of events. While the fighting was going on, the snake, Ashvasena, who managed to escape the devouring of the Khandava forest by Agni, was living in the lower regions. Karna was renowned in all the worlds for his generosity, surpassing even the Gods. [11][12][13], Some years after his coronation at Indraprastha, Yudhishthira set out to perform the Rajasuya yagna. 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