Mahaabhaarat | General
6-Questions-Karn and Arjun
There are a few rivalries very well known in Mahaabhaarat, such as Drone and Drupad, Duryodhan and Bheem. Karn and Arjun is also one of them. All these three pairs could not see each other eye to eye. Let us answer some questions about Karn and Arjun.
Is there any reference of
rivalry between Soorya and Indra as a possible motivation or justification
for the enmity between Karn and Arjun?"
MBH, Aadi Parv 75 says that Kashyap had 12 Aaditya from his eldest wife Aditi, Indra and Vivaswat (Soorya) as their head - two heads cannot live together, maybe that is why this rivalry has grown since then.
In fact the Indra-Soorya opposition, paralleled by Arjun-Karn, is prefigured in both the Raamaayan, Tulasee's Maanas and Vaalmeeki Raamaayn, where these same two gods are fathers of the two rival brothers Sugreev and Baali. I is strange that it was only Vishnu-Raam and Vishnu-Krishn killed once Indra-Baali and another time Soorya-Karn. Why was it so?
The Rig Ved has evidence of an
Indra-Soorya confrontation, where Indra wrecked Soorya's chariot wheel.
But the difference is that Soorya is the last of the Aaditya (Maartand)
while Indra is the first; on the other hand, both the times only the
elder brothers had to die - first time Indra-Baali and second time
"Mrityunjaya" may be one of the best sources of information about Karn. Any English translation available?
English translation of Mrityunjaya by P Lal
and Nandini Nopany published by Writers Workshop, is available from firstname.lastname@example.org.
A critique of this by me is on
http://www.boloji.com/bookreviews/120.htm, "I am myself alone". If you
look at the annotated bibliography on the resources page, many of your queries may
Created by Sushma Gupta On 03/09/02
Modified on 04/13/12