Karna – Victory, Achievement & Defeat

Karna The Great, was the eldest son of Kunti and the Lord Surya, he was also called as Soota (foster father – Adhiratha) and most famous name Radheya (foster mother – Radha).

He was the friend of Duryodhana and had great sons. He had learned four kinds of weapons from Drona, Kripa and Rama aka Parashurama. He became famous in the world as a great archer. He was the supreme warrior of Kaurava camp. His total participation in Great WAR was for 7 days and became chief commander of Kaurava army for two days . He performed very well in Kurukshetra WAR.

His prowess is described by Krishna, the Master of Universe.

Krishna said; Do not think lightly of Karna. He is the ornament of a battle. Karna is strong and insolent. He is skilled in weapons and a maharatha. He is accomplished and colourful in fighting. He knows about time and place. He is like the fire in his energy. He is like the wind in his speed. He is like Yama in his anger. The powerful one is capable of withstanding a lion. The mighty-armed one’s chest is one aratni in breadth. He is extremely difficult to defeat. He is very proud and brave. He is extremely valiant and handsome. He has all the qualities of a warrior and is terrible to his enemies. He has always hated the Pandavas and has been engaged in the welfare of the sons of Dhritarashtra. Radheya cannot be killed by any enemy, even the gods, including Vasava. In my view, you are the only exception.”


So let’s, see how he has performed in Great WAR.

Here is an INDEX of Victory, Achievement and Defeat in Great War (Mahabharata aka Bharata) by Karna The Great.










Sources: Gita Press Mahabharata and KMG Mahabharata.



Duel with Bhima, made him Unconscious and Insult (abuse) of Bhima  – Drona Parva (Chapter 139)



Sahadeva’s Defeat and Insult – Drona Parva (Chapter 167)



Defeated to Dhrishtdyumna – Drona Parva (Chapter 173)



Duel with Bhima and Defeated him – Drona Parva (Chapter 188)



Fight with Nakula and didn’t kill him due to boon given to Kunti – Karna Parva (Chapter 24)



Defeated to Yudhishthira and Insulted him – Karna Parva (Chapter 49 {48-51}



Defeated to Shikhandi – Karna Parva (Chapter 61) 



Fight with Yudhisthira, and Yudhisthira’s retreat – Karna Parva (Chapter 62) 



Defeated of Yudhishthira, Nakula and Sahadeva – Karna Parva (Chapter 63)



Duel with Arjuna- Karna Parva (Chapter 89)



Slain to Ghatotakcha – Drona Parva (Chapter 179)



Slain to Yudhishthira wheel guard Chandradeva and Dandadhar – Karna Parva (Chapter 49 {27})



Killed Kekeya’s Prince – Vishoka  – Karna Parva (Chapter 82 {3})



Killed Kekeya’s General – Ugrakarma – Karna Parva (82 {5})



Killing of Dhrishtadyumna son – Karna Parva (82 {9}) –



Karna’s 1st Day battle with Kekeya’s bother – Drona Parva (Chapter 25)



Battle with Arjuna, Bhima, Satyaki and Dhristadyumana and finally lost – Drona Parva (Chapter 32)



Battle (Including Ashwatthama and other 5 Maha-Rathas) with Abhimanyu



Fight (Including Ashwatthama and other 5 Maha-Rathas) with Abhimanyu



Fight with Satyaki – Drona Parva (Chapter 170)

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Terrible battle with Ghatotakcha – Drona Parva (Chapter 175)

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Battle with Bhima – Drona Parva (Chapter 189)



Destruction of Pandava army – Karna Parva (Chapter 21)



Duel with Satyaki – Karna Parva (Chapter 30)



Group Attack – Karna Parva (Chapter 48) 



Destruction of Pandava Army – Karna Parva (Chapter 48)



Attack on Yudhishthira – Karna Parva (Chapter 48 {63})



Terrible battle with Bhima – Karna Parva (Chapter 51)



Destruction of Panchala, Chedi and Kekeya warriors – Karna Parva (Chapter 56)



Battle with Dhrishtdyumna – Karna Parva (Chapter 59)



Destruction of Pandavas army – Karna Parva (Chapter 78)



Destroyed Arjuna’s diadem with Naga weapon – Karna Parva (Chapter 90)



Defeated by Abhimanyu and fled away  – Drona Parva (Chapter 40)



Again battle with Abhimanyu and didn’t capable to stand against him (Defeat)



Battle with Bhima, and defeated by him(Bhima) – Drona Parva (Chapter 129)



Battle with Bhima, and defeated by him – Drona Parva (Chapters 131-138)

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Defeated against Bhima and fled away – Drona Parva 



Fight with Bhima and Defeated by Bhima-

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Battle with Arjuna, fled away and saved by Ashwathama – Drona Parva (Chapter 139 {91-92})



Defeated by Arjuna and carried away by Ashwatthama – Drona Parva (Chapter 145)



Defeated by Satyaki – Drona Parva (Chapter 147)


Defeated by Arjuna – Drona Parva ( Chapter 159)



Fled from Battlefield after Drona’s death – Drona Parva 



Defeated by Satyaki – Drona Parva (Chapter 200)



Battle with Yudhishthira, and Karna’s swoon – Karna Parva (49 {21})



Defeated by Bhima – Karna Parva (Chapter 50)



Scared from Bhima prowess (After Dushashana killing) – Karna Parva (Chapter 84) –(Not a defeat at all) – http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08084.htm 

Finally killed by Arjuna – Karna Parva (Chapter 91)



Final words for Karna – The Great, by Dhritarashtra;

Adhiratha’s son was brave. He was like a lion or an elephant in his valour. His shoulders were like that of a bull. His eyes, gait and voice were like those of a bull. He was a bull and like a bull. He was young and was capable of withstanding the vajra. He did not retreat from a battle ((ROFL???)), even if the adversary were to be the great Indra. Because of his bowstring twanging against his palms and because of the shower of his arrows, chariots, horses, men and elephants could not stand before him in a battle. He was mighty-armed and without decay. He was the slayer of large numbers of the enemy.

Depending on him, Duryodhana ventured to provoke an enmity with the immensely strong sons of Pandu. He was capable of withstanding valour that is impossible to counter. Depending on the strength of his own arms, he never showed any reverence towards Achyuta, Dhananjaya or the Vrishnis.

‘The wielders of the Sharnga and Gandiva bows are undefeated. When they are together, on their divine chariot, I will alone bring them down in the battle.’ He always spoke these words to the wicked and evil Duryodhana, who was afflicted by desire for the kingdom and was confused because of his greed for what was undesirable. He is the one who defeated powerful enemies who were extremely difficult to vanquish—the Gandharas, the Madrakas, the Matsyas, the Trigartas, the Tanganas, the Shakas, the Panchalas, the Videhas, the Kunindas, the Kashis, the Kosalas, the Suhmas, the Angas, the Pundras, the Nishadas, the Vang. He was brave among the men.

In hearing of Karna’s death in the duel with Savyasachi, I am immersed in an ocean of grief. It is as if I am on an ocean without a boat. I think that my heart cannot be shattered and must be harder than the vajra. I have heard about the defeat of my kin, matrimonial allies and friends. O suta! Other than an unfortunate one like me, which other man in the world would not have given up his life? I wish for poison, or fire. I desire to fall down from the summit of a mountain. O Sanjaya! I am incapable of bearing this misery and hardship.

Dhritarashtra loved him like his own sons. 


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