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Karna- son of Radha.

Karna was born to the princess of Bhoja -Pritha/Kunti and to Vivaswan - the sun god.
He was one of the most powerful warriors in the Kaurava army and a dear friend of Duryodhana.

When Kunti was a young girl, she received a boon from the sage Durvasa that she could summon any deity she desired to beget children, using a spell. Kunti tried experimenting with the spell and by folly, summoned the deity of the sun -Vivaswan.
Kunti was shocked, and refused to beget a child owing to the fact that she was still a young maiden, but Vivaswan promised her that though she would be impregnated, she would retain her virginity and that the son born through her would have a natural armor and earrings made of Amrita.
She reluctantly agreed , so Vivaswan touched her navel and through his godly powers, impregnated her.
Kunti gave birth on the tenth month, to a child of leonine eyes, bull like shoulders, possessing natural armor and earrings.
Kunti then consulted her nurse and placed the child in a box made of wicker-work, spread over with soft sheets and pillows; its surface was laid over with wax and it was encased in a rich cover. Kunti shed tears of agony and prayed to the gods to keep the child protected in his journey, before casting him in the river Aswa.
She would often come to the riverside expecting to behold her son again… but the basket had flowed from the Aswa river to the Charmanwathi and from Charmanwathi it passed Yamuna and from Yamuna it traveled further to the Ganges and carried by the Ganges the child came to Champa where the basket was found by Radha and her husband Adiratha - a charioteer of the kuru kingdom.

Karna underwent martial training under Drona(he was Not rejected by Drona) and went for higher studies to the great Rama-son of Jamadagni.
But Karna was cursed to forget hi skill at the most crucial moment by his guru Parashurama for lying about his lineage. Though Parashurama would have trained him regardless, evident from the fact that he trained Bhishma(a Kshatriya), Karna made a wrong move by lying to him.

Karna was always jealous of Arjuna, the son of Indra and always challenged him.
Duryodhana recognized Karna’s skill and also hatred towards the Pandavas. So to earn his friendship, he gifted him the kingdom of Anga.
Karna became a close friend of Duryodhana and always supported him in his intention of injuring the Pandavas.

Karna was originally meant to be one of the primary villains in the Mahabharata, next to Duryodhana. For some unknown reason he has been made into a hero in the later texts.


So I would like to shed some light on some common myths about Karna from the Mahabharata.
And I am strictly not going by other texts like Mrtyunjaya, Villi Bharatham etc.

so here it is:


Myth: He was supposedly charitable but was ill-treated because he was a Suta-putra
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Karna him-self used to be communal and would give charity only to Brahmanas and Kshatriyas, that too as a ritual practice.
Karna would give charity only after he has done his rituals to Surya –the Sun god, the charity being a part of the ritual practice… that too only to Brahmanas and Kshatriyas.

Indra him-self had to come in the guise of a Brahmana to ask for charity, had he come in any other form Karna would have refused.

on the other hand we have Yudhishthira...

Yudhishthira gave charity to the poor and needy, irrespective of the origin of birth. He fed and gave shelter to the poorest of the poor and this was not a ritual for him but because he felt delight when he gave charity.
Yudhishthira the just, visited everyone's abode in Varanavata to give charity, pay respects and to know of their welfare,... even that of Shudras.

During the Rajasuya event, Yudhishthira served food to everyone and made sure even the physically challenged and deformed are not left out.
He gave charity regardless of a person’s origin of birth or even appearance!

Yudhishthira was the true Danaveera of Mahabharata.

{I will talk about the dice game incident separately and also the reason why Draupadi was put as stake.}

In the Mahabharata, even Shakuni tells Duryodhana to give away half of his kingdom to the Pandavas if he really wanted to earn the respect of the people, but Karna always induced him to wage war with the Pandavas and keep the kingdom for him-self.

by the way.. There were three other Sutas in the Mahabharata, namely – Vidura, Sanjaya and Yuyutsu, Maybe even Vyasa - considering that he was born to a fisherwoman(the fifth caste)- Satyavati.
None of them felt inferior regarding their origin of birth by anyone, Karna alone was ashamed of his origin of birth and had an intense inferiority complex which made him an extremely frustrated individual.

Myth: He gave away his armor as charity to Indra.
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He did not give it as charity... he gave it only under the condition that Indra gives him a weapon that is capable of killing Arjuna. He refused to give away his armor till Indra gave such a weapon in return. And he used the same weapon to cut open and remove the armor, explains how that was possible.

In fact there is no evidence in the Mahabharata that suggests he gave charity to anyone for that matter…

Myth: He was superior to Arjuna in warfare.
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In the battle with Drupada; Karna,Duryodhana, Duhsashasana and all the Dhartarashtras were defeated by Drupada – the king of Panchala… but Arjuna and Bhima were easily able to defeat and capture him.

at the sacred lake of Dwaitavana , Karna ran away in panic and left his best friend – Duryodhana to die when they were attacked by the Gandharvas. Duryodhana was later saved by Arjuna from the Gandharva froces. Also, Karna was still having his invincible natural armor on him during this incident.

In another instance when the Kauravas planned to attack the Matyas and rob them of their kine, Arjuna single-handedly defeated Karna, Drona, Kripa and Duryodhana, and robbed them of their robes, adding insult to injury.

Also... Karna was much older than Arjuna, so his competition and jealousy was really unjustified.

Karna was also defeated in battle around 40 times!
around 12 times by Arjuna
more than 10 times by Bhima
7 times by Satyaki
5-6 times by Abhimanyu
Once by Drupada (he had his armor)
Once by Gandharvas(with armour intact)
Once by Yuddhishthira
Once by Dhrishtadyumna

The above list is just from Drona Parva. So by all means Arjuna is superior to Karna in warfare.

Myth: Karna broke his teeth and gave to Krishna.

There is no such story in Mahabharata.


Myth: Karna was a noble hero.
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He was the one who asked Dushasana to strip Draupadi in front of the Kuru assembly.
He laughed while Draupadi was in tears. Some say he did it as revenge, because Draupadi called him a Suta, but that can never justify such a dastardly act.
Even otherwise when Draupadi was born from the Yajna fire, it was announced that she would be the cause for the destruction of the Kauravas and her brother would kill Drona.
They intentionally created them to avanege Drupada, so that Draupadi becomes the cause for the destruction of the Kauravas and Drishtadyumna slays Drona in the future.
So it would be absurd if she gets married to her kingdom’s enemies.

Also Drupada had designed the bow in the Swayamvara such that only Arjuna is able to use it, so it will again be absurd for her to marry Arjuna’s arch-nemesis.

Karna was also more cunning than Shakuni, he repeatedly provoked Duryodhana to wage war against the Pandavas.
Myth: Karna was loyal

As mentioned above... he left his best-friend at the hands of the Gandharvas.. shows how loyal he is.

He made a pact with Kunti behind Duryodhana’s back, He did not even inform about this to the only person who fulfilled his dream of becoming a Kshatriya.



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Honestly speaking…

Karna in fact lived a much happier life then that of the Pandavas.
He could enjoy the company of a father unlike the Pandavas, he enjoyed a life of luxury as the king of Anga at an early age, unlike how the Pandavas repeatedly encountered deadly hazards – poisoning, attempt to be burnt alive, spending time in the forests dressed in rags etc. But unfortunately Karna chose to complain more than cherish what he could.

Too many stories have come up about him being a hero over the years...
Karna is a great villain but to make him a hero is really strange.
This practice seems to be happening with Ravana too nowadays.
Anyways… to each his own, I just felt like speaking my mind out.
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CiLiNDr0 Featured By Owner Feb 19, 2017  Hobbyist Digital Artist

Wow! Amazing work! Love it!


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Lot of thanks for your time ;)


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CyborGswba Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2016  Professional Artist
Thank you for your info on Karna. I really like it
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sashagwari Featured By Owner Edited Nov 17, 2016
Hey, I loved your artwork. They are amazing, however could not stop myself commenting on this artwork. I read your description about Karna, you are entitled to have your opinion. I think the perception you have about this character clouded your imagination while creating this artwork. Mahabharata is a story of 5 maharathis - Bhisma, Drona, Karna, Arjun and Ashwatthama. Having seen the artwork of other 4 (which does justice to the characters) why so different getup and so aloof posture for Karna? I am sorry to say (if you replace the elaborate dress with jeans and t-shirt) he will look like small time goon.
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Kir5115 Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2016
Can I get an HD version of this artwork?
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SHRIKRISHANJR Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2016  Hobbyist Artist
i'm a  fan of your artwork bro ... awesome works and imagination
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KaynessArt Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
super cool character design! A bit older than I imagined but he looks good.
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I'm a great fan of your work on art!
That being said though, I find your criticism of Karna to be unjustified.
1. Regarding Karna losing to Drupad, do you know that Duryodhana had a brother named Karna whom Bhima slays during the 9th day of War?    Its right there in the translation. If you think that it is far fetched, there were at least 3 people who went by the name of Lakshmana  in Mahabharata alone. The one time Karna met Drupada in battle, he effortlessly bested Drupada AND his entire army alone. (during Digvijaya Yagna). Vrishasena (Karna's son) later dispatches Drupada during Kurukshetra war with relative ease.
2. In the translation of the encounter with Gandharvas, it is mentioned that Karna alone managed to overwhelm the entire Gandharva forces by himself. Chitrasen stepped in the last moment and used his powers of illusion on the already intoxicated Karna, causing him to flee from the battlefield.
3. He most definitely was equal, if not superior to Arjuna in Archery. This is emphasized upon during the bird's eye incident, where Karna manages to hit two different bird's eye in the dark with a single arrow. Moreover, Drona did reject Karna as his student.
4. His prowess has been repeatedly said to be equal to Arjuna, if not superior, by none other than Krishna and Bhishma. Lord Parshurama himself regarded Karna his equal in combat.
5. Once Krishna told Arjun that Karna was a greater philanthropist than Yudhishthir. Arjun was annoyed that Krishna spoke so highly of an enemy and asked Krishna to prove his statement. Sandalwood was in short supply at that time and it was decided that Krishna and Arjun should disguise themselves as merchants and approach both Yudhishthir and Karna for sandalwood and judge their responses.They first went to Yudhishthir and introduced themselves as merchants from a neighbouring town. They said that they were building a marriage hall and had run out of sandalwood. They needed a certain quantity of sandalwood to complete their task. Since they were not familiar with this city and they had heard a lot about Yudhishthir’s generosity they were approaching him for assistance. Yudhishthir ordered a servant to collect the sandalwood from the timber merchants and invited the disguised Krishna and Arjun to have dinner with him. Dinner was soon over but there was no news from the servant. Instead of retiring at his usual time Yudhishthir stayed awake with his two guests attending to their every comfort. It was late when the servant returned. He had manages to procure a small quantity of sandalwood, but because of the untimely rains large stocks had become wet and hence unusable. Yudhishthir promised to have the procured quantity delivered the next day and requested the merchants to restart work. The remainder would be sent as soon as it dried and became usable.

Arjun was sure that Karna would not do better when the two went to Karna’s palace the next day. They repeated the same story. Karna sent his aide who returned with the news that all stocks were already committed for sale and that the merchants would have to wait till the next lot came in. Arjun smiled at Karna’s imminent defeat but Karna was calm and collected. He asked his guests to wait and went inside to his chambers. Arjun cursed Karna for neglecting them and kept on reminding Krishna about the personal attention Yudhishthir had lavished on them. After two hours Karna returned, an axe in his hand. His servants followed bearing lengths of sandalwood very obviously cut from items of furniture and from columns and beams and other supporting structure. He said that if the merchants needed more he would cut up the woodwork from other rooms of his palace as well. Thoroughly embarrassed, Krishna and Arjun thanked Karna and left.

Thus Karna was Daanveer (Man of Charity). Although Yudhishthir was Dharmveer.
6. There was certainly a rivalry between Arjuna and Karna. However, one can also accuse Arjuna of vanity when his blows move his chariot much farther than Karna blows his. He openly states Karna to be inferior before Krishna steps out from the chariot. This chariot provided by Varuna was said to be indestructible, but was quickly turned to dust.
That being said, your artwork is completely mesmerizing. Keep up the good work!
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molee Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
:D
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Cheers! Now that I think of it, Karna would make one hell of an antagonist. :D
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molee Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
I still see him as an ass :D
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aryamihir Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2015
my thoughts about karna totally match with yours
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tamannah Featured By Owner Jul 29, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
hmmm... ok ..lots of misconceptions i had... so basically this guy is a wicked badass!!! where did u read all this from?? by thw way ur works gr8!! as usual.... superb, awsm,, beyond words!! :D
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Nehal12 Featured By Owner Jan 4, 2015
Great art. Like it. Would have been even better if there was a bow in it....:)

I have read Kesari Mohan Ganguli's English translation. I think it is also a kind of interpretation. Vyas's Mahabharat was written in form of poetry. There are a lot of Sanskrit words that do not have a English word to translate. There are some lines if not a lot of lines in Mahabharat that if you translate into English literally would have made no sense. That's just my opinion. 

On Karna, I agree with you that to each his own. I did not draw the same conclusion as you did reading Kesari Mohan Ganguli's  translation. Not sure whether he was meant to be a villain but he was never meant to be a hero that is for sure. he was just a flawed individual. 

It seems to me there are two kinds of version of Mahabharat. Ones where there are too much focus on great qualities/abilities of pandavas and the deep flaws/wickedness of kauravas including Karna. And others where there are also too much focus on Pandavas qualities/abilities but focus is evenly shared between the qualities/abilities and deep flaws/wickedness of Kauravas including Karna.

I respect your opinion btw and all of you who already mentioned their opinion or will in future regarding this matter. 
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abhi0001 Featured By Owner Edited Nov 27, 2014
ANALYZING ALL.. even after reading vyasa mahabharta... bheesma, drona, karna SUPERB.. but they are on wrong side.. why arjun killed unarmoured karna... then check why Rama killed Sugreeva's brother Bali by cheating... molee i dnt like to see karna in this look . as per vyasa mahabharta karna has a glow on face like sun.... YOUR KARNA LOOK LIKE DUSHASHAN. MOLEE sorry to say but u have poor knowledge of mahabharta ... i think u never read the vyasa mahabharta... i dnt like ur art ... ur characters look like demons...
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molee Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thank you! :) 
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amegos Featured By Owner Nov 1, 2014
nice but can u please make a picture of karna with his bow like the arjuna concept u made
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amegos Featured By Owner Edited Nov 1, 2014
nice but can't u make a picture of karna with his bow vijaya which he got from parusharam
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freesight09 Featured By Owner Aug 28, 2014
The Mahabharata and the Bhagvad Gita, like many old books have numerous interpretations. That, in fact, is a sort of hidden message in the book, that life is not white and black rather it is grey, heavily dependent on perspective. Karna's character probably embodies the grey better than anyone else and depending on how your personal life is you may look upon his actions as evil or righteous.

However the art work is the only thing that really matters here and it is pretty awesome. I grew up reading about the Mahabharata and now it's great to see how different artists on deviantart, bring it to life. Thank you!
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dvleye Featured By Owner Edited Aug 12, 2014
I love your art work. Beautiful I must say. But coming on to the story of Karna, I can't say much since I don't have direct references. What I do have is other peoples comments in the links that I am posting below. 

Fact or Fiction is upto you, as you may already have with whichever version of Mahabharata you have read.

www.quora.com/Mahabharata/Who-…

www.quora.com/Arrogance/Was-Ka…

www.quora.com/Karna-1/What-are…
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SSV77 Featured By Owner Edited Jul 19, 2014
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if i can write i can fill this whole page up with adharm done by pandavas,and how karan was superior to arjun is tons of ways...
Please don't just make empty statements, do fill up the page and make good your words. Let us see what you come up with...

Mahabharata is a Vedic religious & spiritual book, which clearly intends to give universal teachings of Dharma at various levels, ranging from mundane, to religious, to spiritual.

One of the most important of such principles is that the atheistic forces (asura) are at constant strife with the theistic (Divya) contingent of the universe, and Mahabharat explicitly intends to teach how despite many struggles, the divya will be facilitated to triumph over the asura forces. The asura contingent is intended to be represented by the Kauravas (and their allies in general) and the divya by the Pandavas (and their allies). And God Himself in the form of Lord Krishna helps the Divya contingent to triumph over the Asura forces.

If somebody has read Mahabharat to any reasonable depth, this message will be evident (in English, one is recommended to read C.Rajagopalachari's summary or even Ganguli's complete edition which is nearly one and a half century old), one will gather this central message as passed down from generation to generation of spiritual and religious authorities, from ancient times.

So if someone makes claims for the asuric forces and tries to condemn the daivic, he can only be understood to be (no offense meant against anybody):
(1) Either terribly ignorant, and taking his information from non-standard, biased sources which are more or less atheistic, or
(2) Doesn't take the Mahabharat as History at all, but just perceives it at the cheap level of a movie or novel, [terms like 'Arjuna fan' clearly indicate the cheap level of perception], or,
(3) more seriously, he is himself one of the asuric contingent in modern times.

If it is the case 1, one is recommended to very carefully read or hear from authoritative sources before pronouncing ignorant, biased judgments, which will lead to unfortunate reactions upon the pronouncer.

And if it is case 2, one is first recommended to cultivate reverence for the great work of Veda Vyasa, and understand the seriousness of the great Epic, instead of demonstrating one's grave ignorance, in thinking it some movie plot upon which one is at liberty to give uninformed, mundane comments.

If it is case 3, there may be no remedy except going to hell...

All the best.
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SSV77 Featured By Owner Edited Jun 21, 2014
Molee - Yes agree with you.

It is a fact that Karna was not a good character, although he did have many extraordinary attributes.

He always chose the side of Duryodhana and had unnecessary & unreasonable hatred / envy for the Pandavas - who were always righteous. He was also evidently very proud, boastful & vainglorious.

Rivalry among equals or near-equals is always natural, even in the bygone Vedic ages. But among persons who were truly well-trained in Vedic principles, that was always over ridden by natural chivalry and the strict necessity of supporting Dharma over and above everything else.

So Karna, who was undoubtedly a great warrior, could have satisfied his desire to be recognized as an extraordinary archer – even on a level comparable to Arjuna – without having to hate the Pandavas, and without having to side Duryodhana, the acknowledged villain by all the Kuru elders and wisest people of the age.

If he sided with the Pandavas – who were always very chivalrous, humble and liberal minded – they would in all likelihood have welcomed him as a great warrior practically on par with Arjuna, and supported him according to Dharma.

A deeper metaphysical insight - It is said that Karna had the presence of some Asura in him just as all the Kauravas were incarnations of various big-time asuras (demons). Duryodhan was the demon Kali (personified Adharma, who brings in the age of degradation), Dusshasan was Indrajit (Ravana’s son) reborn, etc. This accounts for Karna’s extreme and intrinsic belligerence towards Pandavas and Lord Krishna.

But surely for me, the clincher about his character is his most infamous and villainous act of wanting to strip Draupadi in the middle of the assembly of Kurus – this alone is sufficient to outrightly reject Karna as anything good (in terms of Character or Dharma that is).

Now against this heinous conduct, what is the value ultimately, of being charitable – which he was in some ways - or of adhering to a false notion of ‘staunch friendship’ (with whom? – the destroyer of Dharma?), or even of great abilities as a warrior?

So one is tempted to infer that those who stubbornly & blindly adhere to myths about the greatness of Karna - despite evidence to the contrary in original versions of Mahabharat - must be of a similar nature as he (as represented by his act against Draupadi)... This question or issue is not just a arm-chair debate, but assumes a serious importance when we understand that Mahabharat represents the message of Dharma to the mass of India even till today, and is taken as a history of ancient Indian culture rather than a theoretical story.

Anyway, as you said, to each his own. No offence meant to anybody.

But apart from all that, my dear friend, your talent is admirable & awesome :) Keep it up!

PS:
A question to all artists whose work on ancient Indian heroes is represented on these sites – please don't take it otherwise, I am truly overawed by all the digital artists out here, and am asking innocently:

Why does practically everybody only go with comic book- conan the barbarian type of representations of the Pandavas & other ancient Puranic Heroes? Why not something close to Vedic descriptions? Then we can actually use this extraordinary artistic talent as educational tools for kids through digital media.

Molee – Your representation here of Karna is quite close to Vedic artistic ethos, as are most of your other representations. So I ask generally to others, in a friendly & humble spirit. 

Wishing the best!
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Deviant-Anand Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2014
Wow Molee, your artwork is splendid...

Some comments on the information provided though...

I don't want to cotemplate/argue about whether Karna is good or bad...Some of the points you mentioned above might not be correct...

Below are few

- Parusuram trains Kshatriyas...he trained Bhishma who is a Kshatriya...
The only reason Parusuram trained Bhishma is because he is son of Godess Ganga...though he is son of Shantana, a Kshatriya...

He never trains a Kshatriya...he taught Karna only because Karna lied. Karna told Parusuram that he is Brahmana...
But later when Parusuram figured out the truth, he gives a curse that would make all the powers that he taught to Karna would be useless when it matters the most....that Karna can't recall the Astra's and will forget them...

Because of this curse, he becomes way inferior to Arjuna...even Bhishma says that to Kauravas...

Also the Gandharvas capture Karna as well...he couldn't defeat Gandharvas again because of the curse...but he never left Duryodhana, he also gets captured...


- Karna was also defeated along with Kauravas during the war with Drupada

Drona asked his disciples to capture Drupada as a Guru Dakshina...
At that time Karna did not join Duryodhana...Karna only joined Duryodhana after Drupada was captured and Kauravas, Pandavas returned Hastinapur...



Coming back to your Artwork, please keep doing this...I always visioned our Purana hero's as extremely powerful, considering the way they are portrayed...
However none of the TV shows/movies show them the way they are worth...
Your art definitely suites and describes them perfectly...Really appreciate it...
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rachmafatima Featured By Owner May 14, 2014  Student Photographer
thank for the wonderful artwork and loads of info
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Kumbh Featured By Owner May 6, 2014
1st of all...this is a splendid piece of art !! no doubt you are the best in this genre !!
but about your description
if im not wrong...
parashuram DID train kshatriyas as you have mentioned (eg.Bhishma)
but that particular camp where karna went was meant only for Beahmins.. so no way he could have joined without diguising as a brahmin..
Either way.. its bad to lie.. im not supporting him here !
+ he was known to be a "suta" and therefore could not join as a Kshatriya either !
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of course..the charity to brahmins was a ritual to him..
BUT is it mentioned in the original mahabharata that karna  never did charity to lower castes ?
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i think he got the weapon from indra..after he gave his armour away...indra from his feeling of guilt offered him the weapon (which he didnt refuse cuz he dint want indra to feel bad) 
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if at all my facts are wrong please do correct me !
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molee Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Please read Mahabharata. There is one official translation available that in compliance with the Sanskrit version and draw your own judgment.

And do not believe or go by any of the stories that you see on television or have heard from your friends, family members or relatives.

There was no such camp set up by paradhurama reserved only for Brahmins.

And no Indra didn't give anything because of guilt.
Karna made a deal to exchange defense for offense and it was not charity.
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molee Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
sorry i forgot to name the translator. his name is Kisari Mohan Ganguli
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Kumbh Featured By Owner May 10, 2014
will surely refer it..thnx a lot man...
feels really strange how someone managed to manipulate the story and now everyone (90%) considers Karna a Hero
even name their children Karan 
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aTopirceanu Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Incredible talent and imagination. 
Your illustrations made me start looking for the Ramayana and Mahabharata, in order to read them both.
Looking forward to see more of your works.
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molee Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :D
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divinedisciple8 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2014
We really dont know, there are several scriptures and litterateurs dong the rounds on the net, your script above is tilted AGAINST karna.

The core is draw true knowledge & judgement in our dealings with others, & primarily improve ones conduct in general life.

Certain things which are common and easily seen in our lives also, lineage does influence our behavior, there is a moral fiber which is scripted by our ancestors and PARENTS.

It could be coincidental that you only came across noting which are like "karna myth busters", having said that, he was the son, creation of lord Surya Narayan.

Karna also bathed in the tears of Kunti when she left him.

With the above most common doctrines there could be some truth to the the greatness of Karna which was inherent to him.

The findings shared by you really don't fit that well.

In the end i personally feel it is for us to see the goodness in all & try to refrain from the ills.

However keeping all that aside I sincerely will mention that Molee you are Gifted!!!

Very deep & valiant depicts of Indian mythological gods! 

Your imagination and creativity is divya to some extent.

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molee Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I dont care about several scriptures doing rounds on the net .i am going strictly based on vyasa's mahabharata.
Thanks for the compliment though .
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Shree-Kasar Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014
I appreciate your work & your knowledge regarding the Mythological stories & epics...

Just want to point out one thing my friend - "History is always written by winners". So by default, losers are always treated as villains. Per this simple logic, Mahabharata should have been written in favor of Pandavas & Karna is treated as a villain since he chose to stand by his words every single time in his life & those were always against Pandavas.

Do you think that there is a slight chance of Karna being a hero? Cause even though he was a losing side, the creator of Mahabharata had to praise his abilities, like you mentioned above. Really would appreciate if you revert with your views on this :) (Smile)

And kudos to your imaginations & detailing in the Painting above. Clap  Seriously like your work man. Awesome... You rock...!!! Headbang! 
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molee Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
yes i agree "history is written by winners" because i sincerely feel karna is a sore loser. :)
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Page-Mistress Featured By Owner Feb 8, 2014
...Is he doing an "evil guy mustache twirl"?

And ignoring the fact that his mom shouldn't have been fooling around with the spell in the first place and that she still remained a virgin, I really must question her judgment if natural armor and earrings was apparently good enough compensation for having to go through childbirth.
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molee Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
hehe yes i agree! =P
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Zupahman Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Amazing art, and thanks for the Bios. If possible, can you point me to where you are getting the Bio's / info from? I would love to Update myself on Mythology
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molee Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Hi!
the information is from a direct translation by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
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Zupahman Featured By Owner May 30, 2014
Thanks Man.. i'll have to hunt it down..
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shravanrawal Featured By Owner Jan 2, 2014  Professional Filmographer
awsm

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molee Featured By Owner May 9, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
thanks! :)
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PraveeNNN Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2013  Student Filmographer
these facts will make the story entirely in favor of one side which i doesn't even believe to happen in reality because epics are meant to inspire people to do good so i believe Karnan character was the best illustration to show how people can be good individually even when u are surrounded by bad which is most needed for these modern days thanks to the Tamil Karnan movie it inspired me a lot and very close to my heart too try to view it once and Anyway… to each his own, I just felt like speaking my mind out as you do also i'm a fan of ur paintings but i adore Karnan :-)
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molee Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2013  Professional Digital Artist
Personally I detested that movie lol.  the person who made it definitely has not read even a single verse of the Mahabharata and has completely distorted the story in karna's favor. 
 anyways thanks for the kind words :aww:
 
Btw I used to like karna too ..the thing is I just read and follow the Mahabharata the way it is, I don't read it like a history book , I try to follow it the way it is, that's all. 
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PraveeNNN Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Student Filmographer
Great! will discuss with u in future for further reference in any of our epics for filming purposes if Destiny favors but will be waiting for your future works till then Aww
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