The story of the friendship of Karna-Duryodhana ~ Mahabharata
friendship of Karna-Duryodhana –The friendship of Karna and Duryodhana is mentioned in the Mahabharata. Karna lived in the shelter of Duryodhana. Guru Dronacharya organized a Rangbhoomi in Hastinapur on completion of the education of his disciples.
In Rangbhoomi, Arjuna became a disciple with special archery. Then Karna came to Rangbhoomi and crossed the tricks done by Arjuna and challenged him to a duel. Kripacharya then disapproved of Karna’s duel and asked him about his dynasty and empire, because according to the rules of the duel, only a prince could dare Arjuna, the prince of Hastinapur, for a duel. Then Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas, declared Karna as Angaraja, making him eligible for a duel with Arjuna.
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When Karna asks Duryodhana what he wants from him in return, Duryodhana says that he only wants Karna to be his friend.
After this incident, some of the main relations of the Mahabharata were established, such as strong friendship between Duryodhana and Karna, intense rivalry between Karna and Arjuna, and disharmony between the Pandavas and Karna. Karna was a loyal and true friend of Duryodhana. Although he later participated in Dutikrida to appease Duryodhana, he was against it from the beginning.
Conversation between Karna and Duryodhana about their thoughts
Karna did not like Shakuni and always recommended Duryodhana to use his fighting skills and muscle to defeat his enemies and not devious tricks. When Duryodhana’s attempt to kill the Pandavas at the Lakshgriha fails, Karna scolds Duryodhana for his cowardice and says that all the tricks of the cowards fail. He explains to his friend Duryodhana that he should act like a warrior and get whatever he wants, by his valor.
Karna also assisted Duryodhana in marrying the princess of Chitrangad. Duryodhana was rejected by the princess at Swayamvara and then Duryodhana took him by force. Then the other kings present there followed him, but Karna single-handedly defeated them all. The defeated kings were Jarasandha, Shishupala, Dantavakra, Salva, and Rukmi etc. Jarsandha gave Karna a portion of Magadha as a compliment to Karna. Bhima later defeated Jarasandha with the help of Sri Krishna, but long before that Karna defeated him alone. Karna had revealed the weakness of Jarasandha that his death can only be done by splitting his torso into two pieces.
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