KarnIn many ways Karn was the greatest warrior of Mahabharat, even greater than Bhishma and Arjun. Why do I say that? Because Karn lived his life in impoverished conditions. He never got any huge support from his Gurus, Parents and any other relative, yet he managed to find his place in history of Mahabharat through his own efforts. Even when he was killed in the war by Arjun, it was the combined result of many curses he got throughout life and was not because he was over-powered by Arjun.
In a way, this character gains great sympathy from all of us and I have found many people whose favourite character of Mahabharat was Karn. It is because of the kind of unfortunate life he lived, he gets all the sympathies. But there is a flip side of coin always.Karn was actually incarnation of Saturn (Shani) in Mahabharat. Saturn is one of the planets of our solar system and has great roles in Indian Mythology and Astrology as the "Lord of Justice".
So, story goes like this. Sun had a wife named Sandhya. They had 3 children, Shani (Saturn), Yam and Yamuna. Sandhya could not bear the Sun's heat for a long time and she created her mirror image named "Chhaya" and left. Sandhya left her children in custody of Chhaya. Now, Shani was notorious and kind of bullish from childhood and Chhaya always tries to discipline him. In one such instant, when Chhaya was scolding Shani, Shani tried to hit Chhaya with his leg. This made Chhaya furious and she cursed Shani to take birth in human form to suffer the consequences of his actions. She further cursed Shani that in human birth, his mother would abandon him, he will never be recognized by his father's name, his brothers will insult him and he will never live a life which he deserves.
If we see, Karn's character of Mahabharat, lived all these curses. Karn was discarded by Kunti, his younger brothers never respected him, he never knew who was his real parents till Lord Krishna himself told him and he never attained the honour in his life, which he deserved.
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