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— by விஜையன் விஜையன்
KARNA - THE LEGENDARY ARCHER
Mahabharata describes Karna as the 'Greatest Archer' ever born on this earth. This thread is dedicated to the unique feats of legendary archer Suryaputra Karna.
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1) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO HAD OUT-PERFORMED THE FEATS OF ARJUNA, MORE ACCURATELY AND IN LESS TIME IN RANGBHOOMI
A) Performance of Karna
KMG Version -
Then with the permission of Drona, the mighty Karna, delighting in battle, there did all that Partha had done before.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m01/m01139.htm
William Buck's Version -
Karna turned gracefully to Arjuna and said, "I shall do all you have just done, so that you too may be amazed." Drona gave his permission, and Karna did it all, and easily did it BETTER; he was QUICKER, he was MORE gracious, and his skill was effortless.
SS - (http://goo.gl/EdhJT2)
B) Analysis of Yudhisthira
Yudhishthira was impressed with the belief that there was NO WARRIOR on earth like unto Karna.'"
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m01/m01140.htm
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2) IN DRAUPADI SWAYAMVARA, KARNA WAS THE "ONLY ARCHER" WHO HAD STRUNG THE BOW WITH SUCH TERRIFIC SPEED AND GREAT SKILL THAT ALL REGARDED THE TARGET TO BE HIT DOWN BEFORE RELEASING AN ARROW
And beholding the plight of those monarchs, Karna that foremost of all wielders of the bow went to where the bow was, and quickly raising it strung it and placed the arrows on the string.""And beholding the son of Surya--Karna of the Suta tribe-- like unto fire, or Soma, or Surya himself, resolved to shoot the mark, those foremost of bowmen--the sons of Pandu-- regarded the mark as already SHOT AND BROUGHT DOWN upon the ground."
http://sacred-texts.com/hin/­­m01/m01190.htm
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3) KARNA WAS THE "ONLY ARCHER" WHO HAD COUNTERED HUNDREDS OF TERRIBLE ILLUSIONS OF GHATOTKACHA AT NIGHT AND THIS FEAT IS MARKED AS "UNIQUE FEAT" WHICH CAN NOT BE PERFORMED BY ANY OTHER ARCHER EXCEPT KARNA
Then, O monarch, the mighty son of Bhimasena excited with wrath, DIVIDED HIS OWN SELF into many parts, frightening all the mighty car-warriors (of the Kuru army). Then there came on the field of battle LIONS, and TIGERS, and HYENAS, and SNAKES with fiery tongues, and BIRDS with IRON beaks. As regards Ghatotkacha. himself, struck with the keen arrows that were sped from Karna's bow, that huge Rakshasa, looking like (Himavat) the prince of mountains, disappeared then and there. Then many RAKSHSAS and PISACHAS, and, YATUDHANAS, and large numbers of WOLVES and LEOPARDS, of frightful faces rushed towards Karna for devouring him. These approached the Suta's son, uttering fierce howls for frightening him. Karna pierced every one of those MONSTERS with many swift-winged and terrible shafts that drank their blood. At last, using a celestial weapon, he DESTROYED that illusion of the Rakshasa. He then, with some straight and fierce shafts, struck the steeds of Ghatotkacha. These, with BROKEN and maimed limbs, and their backs cut by those shafts, fell down on the earth, in the very SIGHT of Ghatotkacha.
Indeed, O giver of honours, there is NO ONE ELSE AMONGST ALL LIVING CREATURES who can accomplish what Karna accomplished in that frightful battle.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m07/m07172.htm
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4) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO WAS COMPLETELY ACQUAINTED WITH THE SPECIFIC TECHNIQUES OF ARCHERY FOR COUNTERING 1000 KINDS OF ILLUSIONS
He who, with Shakra's dart, slew that prince of Rakshasas, Ghatotkacha­­, who from desire of victory, had invoked a 1,000 KINDS OF ILLUSIONS.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m08/m08009.htm
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5) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO HAD CUT OFF KEEN-EDGED CELESTIAL WHEEL USING ORDINARY SHAFTS
Then Ghatotkacha, thus PIERCED by the Suta's son in his VITAL PARTS and FEELING GREAT PAIN, took up a CELESTIAL WHEEL having a THOUSANDS RADII. The edge of that wheel was SHARP as a razor. Possessed of the splendour of the morning sun, and decked with jewels and gems, Bhimasena's son hurled that wheel at the son of Adhiratha, desirous of making an END of the latter. That wheel, however, of great power and hurled also with great might, was CUT OFF INTO PIECES by Karna with his shafts, and fell down, baffled of its object, like the hopes and purposes of an unfortunate man.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m07/m07172.htm
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6) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO WAS ABLE TO SHOOT ARROWS IN SUCH A WAY THAT EVERYONE FAILED TO MEASURE THE SPEED OF HIS SHOOTING ARROWS
1ST TIME -
While employed with his hands in taking up an arrow, fixing it on the bow-string, stretching the string and letting it off, none could notice any interval between those acts. And while Karna was thus engaged in shooting his arrows right and left, his bow incessantly drawn to a circle, like a terrible circle of fire.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m07/m07135.htm
2ND TIME -
[Terrific speed of Karna confessed by Lord Krishna]
These wails are being incessantly heard, O Partha, of thy helpless friends who are uttering them, mangled by the shafts of Karna. The manner in which Karna is aiming and letting off his shafts is such that NO INTERVAL can be noticed between the two acts. He will, O Partha, annihilate all our friends.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07170.htm
NOTE - Even supreme Lord Krishna failed to measure the speed of shooting of Karna, that's too at night.
3RD TIME -
Indeed, what we saw appeared to be highly wonderful. PEOPLE COULD NOT NOTICED when he took up his arrows, when he aimed them, and when he let them off. They only beheld his enemies dying fast in consequence of his wrath.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/m08/m08048.htm
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7) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO WAS CAPABLE OF HURLING THE MIGHTY BRAHMASTRA BY MIND ALONE
I shall, by MY MIND ALONE, hurl today at Partha, for my victory, that weapon of immeasurable energy, called the Brahmastra. Arjuna will never be able to escape that weapon, if only the wheels of my car do not sink into the Earth in battle today.
http://sacred-texts.com/hin/­­m08/m08042.htm
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8) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO KNEW ALL 5 VIDHIS OF ARCHERY (IF IT EXISTS)
Archery is divided into five skills. In order to become a complete archer, one must have all the five skills. These skills are-
1) Prayaga Vidhi - Simply using/hurling a weapon
2) Upsanhara Vidhi- Recalling/­­withdrawing a weapon
3) Avarti Vidhi - Preventing disasters
4) Prayashchitya Vidhi - Killing only enemies in a large group, not innocents/friendly ones
5) Pratighat Vidhi- Rebounding a weapon
DETAILS - (https://goo.gl/8cf6bI)
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9) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO HAD BAFFLED THE MIGHTY BRAHMASTRA USING ORDINARY ARROWS
Having said these words unto the holy Keshava, Savyasaci of immeasurable soul bowed unto Brahman and invoked into existence that excellent irresistible weapon called BRAHMASTRA which could be applied by the mind alone. BAFFLING hat weapon, however, Karna looked beautiful as he continued, like a cloud pouring torrents of rain, to SHOOT HIS SHAFTS. Beholding that weapon of the diadem-decked Arjuna baffled in the midst of battle by Karna, the wrathful and mighty Bhima, blazing up with rage,
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m08/m08090.htm
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10) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO HAD DESTROYED THE CELESTIAL CROWN OF ARJUNA WHICH WAS INDESTRUCTIBLE EVEN FOR LORD SHIVA, GODS AND RAKSHASAS
That diadem was INCAPABLE OF BEING CRUSHED BY RUDRA and the Lord of waters and Kuvera with Pinaka and noose and thunderbolt and the very foremost of shafts. It could not be endured by even the foremost ones among the gods. Vrisha, however, now broke it forcibly with his snake-inspired shaft.
http://sacred-texts.com/hin/­­m08/m08090.htm
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11) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO CAUSED LORD KRISHNA (SUPREME LORD) TO BATH IN BLOOD AND FIRST TIME LORD KRISHNA WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED AFTER BECOMING CHARIOTEER OF THE UNSKILLED ARJUNA
Beholding KRISHNA'S LIMBS thus MANGLED with those snakes transformed into arrows sped from Karna's arms, Arjuna, decked with diadem and garlands, blazed up with wrath like a fire engaged in burning a heap of dry grass.
http://sacred-texts.com/hin/­­m08/m08089.htm
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12) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO WAS ABLE TO SHOOT ARROWS JUST USING ONE ARM AND HOLDING BOW WITH FEET
Quoted from Prof. Tripathi's Version of Veda Vyasa Mahabharata -
SS - (http://goo.gl/r7DDIQ)
कर्ण समझ गये की प्रार्थना व्यर्थ है । वह रथ से कुद पडे और एक तीर ऐसा मारा की अर्जुन का वर्म भेद कर छाती मे घुस गया । अर्जुन कुछ देर के लिए संग्राहीन से हो गये । इसी अवसर पर कर्ण पहीया निकालने लगे । पहीया निकालते हुए वे पैर से धनुष पकडकर तीर चलाते जाते थे, और एक हाथ से पहीया निकाल रहे थे । पहीया इतना धॅस गया था की एक हाथ से निकल नही रहा था । अर्जुन को निष्क्रीय देखकर, समय समझकर, कर्ण दोनो हाथो से पहीया निकालने लगे
Translation -
Karna understood requesting was of no use.
He jumped from the chariot and shot an arrow in such a way that it entered Arjuna's chest by piercing his armour.
Arjuna lost his sense for some time and Karna taking advantage of this situation started taking out the wheel of his chariot.
While taking out the wheel he held bow with his legs and with one hand fired arrows while with other he was taking out his wheel.
Wheel sank so much that it was not coming out with the help of one hand Seeing Arjuna senseless Karna utilized that time to extract wheel with the help of both his hands.
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13) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO WAS ABLE TO CUT OFF ARJUNA'S IMPENETRABLE AINDRA KAVACH
[Arjuna told the Pandavas]
And the lord Maghavan granted me this golden garland and this shell, Devadatta, of mighty roars, and also HIS CELESTICAL MAIL IMPENETRABLE and capable of PROTECTING the body.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m03/m03173.htm
1ST TIME -
Beholding that shaft aimed by the Suta's son, O sire, the Pandavas, with cheerless hearts, gave themselves up to great sorrow. That shaft of KEEN POINT and endued with the effulgence of sakra's thunder, sped from Karna's arms, fell upon Dhananjaya's CHEST and PENETRATED it like a mighty snake penetrating an ant-hill.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m08/m08091.htm
2ND TIME -
he caused five other blazing arrows resembling five snakes to penetrate the body of Krishna. Shot with great force, those arrows, decked with gold, PIERCED THROUGH THE ARMOUR OF THAT FOREMOST OF BEINGS and PASSING OUT of his body fell upon the earth. Endued with great energy, they entered the earth with great force and having bathed (in the waters of the Bhogavati in the nether region) coursed back towards Karna.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m08/m08089.htm
(NOTE) - Karna was the only archer who used simple ordinary armour in Kurushetra war and broke divine impenetrable Aindra armour of Arjuna. He also made Bhima and Abhimanyu bath in blood though they had divine impenetrable armours.
DETAIL- (https://goo.gl/N85vfs)
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14) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO BROKE CELESTIAL BOW (RAUDRA) OF ABHIMANYU IN A SINGLE SHOT (EXCEPT KARNA NO WARRIOR SUCCEEDED IN BREAKING ANY CELESTIAL BOW)
Raudra bow of Abhimanyu-
That excellent and best of bows, called the Raudra, which Rohini's son (Valadeva) had obtained, the latter gave unto the high-souled son of Subhadra, having been gratified with him
http://sacred-texts.com/hin/m07/m07023.htm
Karna broke 'Raudra bow' in a single shot-
who, having seen the warriors with Drona at their head afflicted with arrows and turn away from the field, had CUT OFF with his KEEN SHAFT the BOW of Subhadra's son.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m08/m08009.htm
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15) KARNA WAS THE 'ONLY ARCHER' WHO SLEW 1.5 AKSHAUHINI TROOPS IN JUST ONE AND HALF DAYS, EVEN BHISHMA AND DRONA FAILED TO ACHIEVE SUCH FEATS
Indeed, neither Bhishma, nor Drona, nor any other warrior of thy army had ever achieved such feats as were then achieved by Karna in that battle. Amongst elephants, amongst steeds, amongst cars and amongst men, the Suta's son caused a very great carnage, O tiger among men.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/­­hin/m08/m08056.htm
DETAIL- (https://goo.gl/3SxEr8)