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KARNA

Also known as KARAN

First son of Kunti, the prototype Pandava brother. Karna wasn't really planned, more an experiment to test the quality of a rather generous gift from a travelling sage-man.

After hearing the plight of King Kuntibhoja and the curse whereby he would explode, or something, if he even thought about making babies with any of his wives, Kunti whipped out her perfectly formed buns and the visiting Sage Durvasa couldn't grant her five boons quick enough. She must have been some baker!

These boons would grant her a child by any of the Gods, which was quite a bold claim no matter how good a sage you are, so she gave one a little go just to be sure. No sooner had she finished chanting than she was with child. Surya the horny sun god had dropped what he was doing and rushed to impregnate her on the fly. He's always the first one there when free sex is on offer.

Kunti wasn't ready to be a mum and abandoned him on the banks of the Yamuna river and was passed to several foster parents including Yami, Ganga and finally Radha and Nandana who raised him as their own.

Karna was born in a sparkling full suit of armour that caught the eye of Indra and he traded it for a magic spear, which was a shrewd bit of business. Still, it endowed Karna with great powers, more than enough to kill Ghatotkatcha at the battle of Mahabharata, in fact after being rejected by Draupadi and joining the dark side Kauravas he accidently killed a large chunk of his unknown family.

Thought by some to be the greatest archer in the universe, Karna was killed on the field of battle by Arjuna, which surely makes him only the second best archer in the universe, and to make matters worse it turns out they were brothers. Who needs enemies when whole families seem hell bent on wiping themselves out?
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'KARNA' - Indian entry : 06 May 2007
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