Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Karna a hero or villain

Karna is one of complex characters of Mahabharata. First he is seen coming and making fun of Arjuna at the Tournament of Kuru princes. When Bhima finds out that Karna is son of charioteer. Bhima insults him. But Karna hates Arjuna instead of Bhima. Then Duryodhana makes him King of Anga knowing that Karna is equivalent to Arjuna. Karna is always jealous of the fame and archery skills of Arjuna.

Karna joins Duryodhana and Sakuni in plotting against the pandavas. First Karna, sakuni, duryodhana join hands to kill pandavas in wax house.

Next Karna meets Arjuna disguised as brahmin at draupadi's swayamvar. He fights with Arjuna disguised and finds it unable to defeat Arjuna so he gives up the fighting. When it is later revealed that the disguised brahmin was Arjuna. Karna hates Arjuna more.

Next Karna insults draupadi by calling her a whore. It is Karna who instigates Dussasana to strip Draupadi of her clothes. Then Bhima vows to tear the chest of Dussasana and drink his blood.

Karna instigates duryodhana to make fun of pandavas when they are living in forest. They try to mock pandavas but they themselves are defeated by gandarvas. Karna runs away from battlefield leaving Duryodhana to gandarvas.

Karna is again defeated at Virat yudh by Arjuna and runs away from battle field. Arjuna defeats all wariors one by one in Virat yudh and atlast uses Sammohanastra as prince uttara is tired and makes all wariors including Karna unconscious.

To be continued

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Bhima The Mighty and Great Warrior of Mahabharata

As i have read in some blogs these days because of TV serials and movies. The great Pandavas are considered as cowards. Evil souls like Duryodhana and Karna are considered as great men. Bhima is shown as a fat, greedy and short tempered warrior.

But Bhima is not as such. Bhima is the second hero of Mahabharata after Arjuna. He is extremely strong and is not afraid of anyone. He defeated Karna many times during Mahabharata war and forced him to retreat chariot less. Karna once defeated Bhima by hiding in his chariot. Bhima was weaponless at that time. Bhima then challenged Karna to a wrestling duel. But Karna got afraid and declined the challenge and went away.

On 17th day of Mahabharata war  Karna insulted Yudhistira. Then Bhima vowed to kill Karna. Bhima fought with Karna and made him unconscious. He was about to cut of the tongue of Karna but Shalya stopped him and told him Arjuna has vowed to kill Karna so leave him. Thus Bhima spared Karna. In TV serials they did not show this scene. This is available in Mahabharata translation by Kisan Mohan Ganguli.

Comparing Bhima and Duryodhana. Bhima was much stronger than Duryodhana but Duryodhana has more skill in mace than Bhima. Bhima is the protector of remaining pandavas including Arjuna during burning of wax house.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Arjuna's death in hands of Babruvahana (his own son)

After mahabharatha war. Yudhistir performed aswamedha yaga. The sacrificial horse is to roam freely and anyone who captures it will be considered enemy of yudhistira and Arjuna had to defeat him. The horse goes to manipur. Babruvahana, the son of Arjuna and chitrangada and prince of manipur knowing that his father comes to receive him with due honours. But Arjuna gets angry and tells him "i came as a representative of Yudhistir. I am your enemy not your friend you should fight me".

Arjuna rebuked his son in bitter words. Ulupi amother wife of Arjuna and stepmother to Babruvahana comes to babruvahana and tells him to fight his father. Babruvahana fights with Arjuna. Both fight fiercely. Babruvahana shoots an arrow that kills Arjuna. Later babruvahana faints. Chitrangada comes to know that her husband is killed and her son is wounded. Chitrangada comes to battlefield and grieves Arjuna's death. Chitrangada blames Ulupi for making Babruvahana fight with Arjuna

Babruvahana regains consciousness and knowing that he killed his father prepares to commit suicide. But Ulupi comes and stops him and tells him "this is an illusion created by me, Arjuna cannot be defeated by Indra himself. Arjuna's death was caused by the curse of vasus as Arjuna has killed his grandfather Bhishma in unjust way"

Ulupi then revives Arjuna with gem that can revive dead people. Arjuna wakes up and is happy to see both Ulupi and Chitrangada and Ulupi explains about the cause for his death. Arjuna is happy with what Ulupi did. Babruvahana asks Arjuna to come to his palace but Arjuna says he has to go and takes leave of Ulupi, chitrangada and Babruvahana

Why Arjuna could not counter nagasthra

Why Arjuna sould not encounter Nagasthra is not that Arjuna did not have powerful asthra to counter it.
Actually he did not know that it was nagasthra as Karna himself did not know that snake aswasen entered the arrow. Aswasens mother was killed by Arjuna during the burning of Khandava forest. So he entered Karna's arrow to take revenge.So it was not the greatness of karna or inferiority of Arjuna here. Telugu and tamil movies have shown as if karna had nagasthra or something which is not true.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Arjuna vs Karna Who is greater warrior

Arjuna is the greatest warrior in Mahabharata after Lord Krishna. In his name itself there is undefeatable (Jishnu).

Reasons Why Arjuna is better warrior than Karna:
1) Karna tried to imprison Drupada with help of Kauravas and their army but he retreated. Where as Arjuna defeated and brought Drupada before Drona

2) Karna was defeated by Arjuna during Draupadi swayamvar.

3) Karna was defeated by Gandharvas and ran away from battlefield leaving Duryodhana to Gandharvas. He was not drunk at that time. Arjuna defeated Gandharvas and released Duryodhana from their hands

4) Arjuna single handedly defeated Bhishma,Drona, Karna , Kripa, Aswathama, Duryodhana in virata yudh and spared their lives

5) In Mahabharata in one instance Arjuna shot an asthra that would kill Karna But Aswathama saves Karna with his counter asthra.

6) Karna relied on shakti weapon to kill Arjuna. But Arjuna relied on his prowess and strength.

7) Karna was defeated by Bhima many times and ran away from battlefield. Once Karna won against Bhima by hiding in his chariot. Bhima got a chance to kill Karna with his fists but remembering Arjuna's vow did not kill him. Bhima also challenged Karna to a wrestling duel but Karna fearing defeat declined the challenge and went away.

8) Arjuna did not use pasupathasthra against Karna. Pasupathasthra would have destroyed complete kaurava army in single day.

9) Arjuna defeated Lord Indra at khandava vanam.

10) Karna was defeated 2 times by Ahimanyu and ran away from battlefield. It was Karna who asks Drona how to kill Abhimanyu  with deceit.

11) On 17th Day Bhima  vowed to kill Karna and almost would have killed him had not Shalya stopped him and remembered him of Arjuna's vow.

12) Karna was defeated by Satyaki. Satyaki did not kill Karna remembering Arjuna's vow

In BR Chopra Mahabharata it is shown as Karna spared Arjuna's life because of sunset. This is not true. I have read the ved vyas Mahabharata. You can find it here "". There is no instance in Mahabharata where Karna defeats Arjuna

Reasons why Arjuna is greater than Karna as a person
1) Arjuna never cheated his guru. Karna did by telling he was brahmin.

2) Arjuna never insulted woman. Karna did by calling Draupadi a whore. Karna was the one who encourages Dushashana to disrobe Draupadi

3) Arjuna did not cheat for winning, Karna did by attacking Abhimanyu from behind and breaking his bow.

4) Arjuna never boasted about himself. Karna boasted every time that he would kill Arjuna

5) Arjuna is perfect example of best student. There is Arjuna award no Karna award

Though I have to admit that Karna is also a great warrior though inferior to Arjuna. Karna is great soul in some aspects by giving to brahmins whatever they ask

Arjuna is greatest warrior and always virtuous soul. He was always following the righteous path. He is incarnation of Nara( a part of Lord Vishnu himself).

Arjuna is definitely better warrior than Karna. Arjuna defeated Karna many times in war like virata parva, on Jayadrathas death day etc. Karna ran away from battle field many times. But Arjuna has not run away from battle field even once.

Karna was defeated by Bhima many times and ran away from battlefield. Modern TV serials and movies have made Karna the greatest warrior though he is not.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Wrapping a long url with css

I searched and finally found the css for wrapping a long URL or text with css. Please find the css below
word-wrap: break-word;