How did Duryodhana Crown Karna | Mahabharata Unanswered

No body stopped him doing that even, Why?

Over the internet, there are many Mahabharata Unanswered topics that are related to Duryodhana crown Karna. Most of them discuss on intention of Duryodhana while Duryodhana crown Karna. However, the real Mahabharata Unanswered question comes much before that. Real Mahabharata Unanswered question comes when analysis is made about the fact that whether Duryodhana had the authority to crown Karna or not. This Analysis Article will answer the most uncommon Mahabharata Unanswered question – “Whether Duryodhana had the authority to crown Karna”. To give a proper answer to the rest questions – Why Duryodhana crowned Karna or why Karna entered the arena, some background of the episode has also been narrated here.

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Duryodhana Crowns Karna in the Hastinapura Arena as Angaraj

Over the internet, there are many Mahabharata Unanswered topics that are related to Duryodhana crown Karna. Most of them discuss on intention of Duryodhana while Duryodhana crown Karna. However, the real Mahabharata Unanswered question comes much before that. Real Mahabharata Unanswered question comes when analysis is made about the fact that whether Duryodhana had the authority to crown Karna or not. This Analysis Article will answer the most uncommon Mahabharata Unanswered question – “Whether Duryodhana had the authority to crown Karna”. 

Kuru Princes, including the Kauravas and Pandavas completed their training at Guru Drona Ashram. After the completion and after paying Guru Dakshina, it was time to show what they have learned. The show was arranged in the play ground of Hastinapura, where the royal family as well all the subjects can see their future.

As the show started, different princes showed their war-skills, with the weapons, they are most comfortable with. At the end part, comes the duel between Bhima and Duryodhana. Both of them can be regarded as in-born enemies, though Bhima was not at the beginning. Duryodhana was jealous of Bhima’s strength from the early days. He, while still a child, tried to poison and kill Bhima. And then from, their enmity started from both ends. With enmity at heart, their duel soon turned to a real time battle, forgetting that it was a game. The battle was turning to give venomous results, hence, Dronacharya had to intervene and make them calm.

At the end, Arjuna comes in the ground and shows some excellent skills of archery. The skill he showed were not only powerful, but all of those were enclosed with high level philosophy too. At the start, he showed bowing to elders with series of arrows and then shows skills quite dramatically to show his control of nature. Praises were flooding from every side by seeing those never-seen skills. Suddenly, attention of crowd is turned to the gate of play ground.

The entire crowd found there a prince looking man, who was not dressed like a prince. That was Karna, the son of Adhirath, charioteer of Bhishma. Although the celebration was entirely a royal family show, still he enters and starts showing all the feats Arjuna showed. Till now, Hastinapura royal family must be regarded to be highly liberal, since they allowed an external agent, whosoever he is, to show his skills, although not belonging to the royal family. However, this impression later changes totally, when Mahabharata Unanswered question comes out. After showing all the skills, the lad, who thought himself to be hero, asks Arjuna to join him in a duel.

This time, Drona intervenes the interferer. He asks him, to give his Kshatriya family background or Brahmana family background. Karna’s heroism vanishes then. Drona then questions him, how can he ask for a duel to a Kshatriya, although he has been brought up either as a Vaisya or a Sudra.. Drona’s questions became sharper even. He then asked, how can he learn archery, although not belonging to Kshatriya or Brahmana caste. There is not a single Preceptor who will dare to train a vaisya or a sudra in archery, since they are not able to apply this knowledge for the sake of mankind.

Drona then started blaming Karna with sharp arrows, shot from his mouth. Silence from Karna, while describing his Guru’s name, clearly indicates that he have cheated his guru. He shots his next arrow faster. Drona asks Karna to tell him then, “Tell me O Karna! Tell me the one whom I denied to train! Tell me that Karna who cheated Lord Parashurama, learnt Archery by cheating and who had been cursed by his own Guru, who was supposed to give you boon – How can I allow my disciple to fight against a cheater! What you thought, I will not recognize you!

Adhirath, the father of Karna comes fast to the spot where Karna was and tries to drag him out of the Playground. From the back comes a roaring voice then.

Now comes the real incidence which is our much awaited Mahabharata unanswered question. Duryodhana comes up and declares to all the crowd and royal family members – “O Karna! Stop where you are. You need not have to feel shy for your birth and for your brought up. I hereby declare you to be the king of Anga. So, you are now a King and can easily challenge any Kshatriya. I don’t find any reason for anyone to stop you.”

Saying thus, Duryodhana crown Karna then and there. In some of the TV series, a dialogue has been added on the lips of Duryodhana – “Anga is the kingdom, that has been assigned to me by my father, the king of Kurus.” Let me tell you here that there is no such word mentioned in the Sanskrit version of Jaya by Vyasa, Bharata by Vaisampayana and even in Mahabharata by Ugrasav Sauti. Moreover, the standard English version of Mahabharata by K.M. Ganguly do not either states that sentence of Duryodhana. Hence, it is clear that, the sentence added by TV Series are not the words of the book, but a self-woven answer to the Mahabharata Unanswered Question.

Coming to the analysis part of the Mahabharata Unanswered Question – How could Duryodhana crown Karna, the first area to be spotlighted is status of Duryodhana in Kuru Kingdom.

Duryodhana was definitely the son of Dhritarashtra, the Kuru King, but a point here is to be noted prominently. Since the time of Bharat, in Kuru dynasty, the rule that King’s son would be King, had been abolished. So, by no means, there is a definite statement that Duryodhana would be the king of Hastinapura, after Dhritarashtra. He was not even the eldest of the Kuru dynasty next generation. Hence, by no means, he was a future king naturally. Now, question is – whether Duryodhana was not a natural heir of kingdom essentially means that he cannot own a kingdom?

Note here that we are talking about a kingdom and not of a property, that anyone can buy that and own it. A big kingdom can be shared among the princes of the royal family and there must be someone who would govern all the princes. But that has to be done on the royal court and when done on the royal court, different kingdoms are to be distributed to different princes. Just allowing one prince to rule one kingdom separately cannot be done as the royal court would not sanction the same. Why not? Because that will give rise to a chaos among princes and will lead to a war.

Now, how can we be certain that there was no such distribution? First of all, there has been no declaration in the entire Mahabharata about such practice anywhere in any dynasty and in any kingdom. Secondly, if such distribution were made, Pandavas didn’t have to remain in exile after they fled from Varnabrat Jatugriha, later on. If there had been some allocation of kingdom for them, their decision might have been to leave those and flee from Kuru region, but for such decision, some discussion is essential. Mahabharata book describes every single political discussion of Pandavas, Kauravas, Panchalas, Bhagdattas and Yadavas. So, this important and vital chapter cannot go missing.

This surely proofs that there was no such distribution of kingdom to princes, as TV series claims with their interpolations. So, one thing is very much certain that Duryodhana was not a ruler of any kingdom and thus he had no direct authority to make someone king of that kingdom. However, he can still suggest the king to make someone king of some kingdom. As his father, the king, was blind to him, he would have done the assignment easily. But he had not done that even. Duryodhana crown Karna directly without asking anyone, without taking permission from anyone and even didn’t bother to wait upon the king to make the final announcement.

Duryodhana was not the Yuvraj or the Upcoming King of Hastinapur even. So, from that angle also, he had not the authority to declare someone king of some region. Now the inevitable Mahabharata unanswered question is straight forward – With what authority did Duryodhana crown Karna? Answer is very simple – Duryodhana crown Karna, going beyond all royal rules and social science. But that act of his give rise to another big Mahabharata Unanswered question – Why the king and ministers of Hastinapura didn’t oppose Duryodhana, while he had done such a crime?

When a king is sitting at a place, ministers can object to the king, but cannot oppose directly. The opposition must have to done directly from the end of King himself. Dhritarashtra, who was the king in this case, had shown properly that he was actually born blind, while case of Duryodhana is raised. Duryodhana tried to kill Bhima by poisoning him. King knew that later on and he have not even given a single sentence on that venomous crime. Later, Duryodhana along with Karna, Shakuni and Dussasana planned to kill all the five Pandavas along with Kunti at Varnabrat Jatugriha. King knew that also later on, but have not shown any reaction against his beloved filthy son. Same was the case when rape attempt was made by Duryodhana in Hastinapura Sabha against Draupadi.

Thus, the ministers knew that the king would not protest his son, by any means. And when king is not opposing on his own, no argues will stand before him. Only one could have protested Duryodhana and that was Kunti. But seeing Karna and identifying him to be his son, looking at the Kavach and Kundal, she fainted. After regaining sense, she could not protest against Karna, as a guilty feeling always acted in her for leaving Karna, while he was a baby. Hence, the ministers could not make a protest and Duryodhana committed the second crime in his life, with dozens to come till the end of Mahabharata.

War Skill presentation by Kuru Princes

Kuru Princes, including the Kauravas and Pandavas completed their training at Guru Drona Ashram. After the completion and after paying Guru Dakshina, it was time to show what they have learned. The show was arranged in the play ground of Hastinapura, where the royal family as well all the subjects can see their future.

As the show started, different princes showed their war-skills, with the weapons, they are most comfortable with. At the end part, comes the duel between Bhima and Duryodhana. Both of them can be regarded as in-born enemies, though Bhima was not at the beginning. Duryodhana was jealous of Bhima’s strength from the early days. He, while still a child, tried to poison and kill Bhima. And then from, their enmity started from both ends. With enmity at heart, their duel soon turned to a real time battle, forgetting that it was a game. The battle was turning to give venomous results, hence, Dronacharya had to intervene and make them calm.

At the end, Arjuna comes in the ground and shows some excellent skills of archery. The skill he showed were not only powerful, but all of those were enclosed with high level philosophy too. At the start, he showed bowing to elders with series of arrows and then shows skills quite dramatically to show his control of nature. Praises were flooding from every side by seeing those never-seen skills. Suddenly, attention of crowd is turned to the gate of play ground.

Karna Interferes Royal Festival

The entire crowd found there a prince looking man, who was not dressed like a prince. That was Karna, the son of Adhirath, charioteer of Bhishma. Although the celebration was entirely a royal family show, still he enters and starts showing all the feats Arjuna showed. Till now, Hastinapura royal family must be regarded to be highly liberal, since they allowed an external agent, whosoever he is, to show his skills, although not belonging to the royal family. However, this impression later changes totally, when Mahabharata Unanswered question comes out. After showing all the skills, the lad, who thought himself to be hero, asks Arjuna to join him in a duel.

This time, Drona intervenes the interferer. He asks him, to give his Kshatriya family background or Brahmana family background. Karna’s heroism vanishes then. Drona then questions him, how can he ask for a duel to a Kshatriya, although he has been brought up either as a Vaisya or a Sudra.. Drona’s questions became sharper even. He then asked, how can he learn archery, although not belonging to Kshatriya or Brahmana caste. There is not a single Preceptor who will dare to train a vaisya or a sudra in archery, since they are not able to apply this knowledge for the sake of mankind.

Drona then started blaming Karna with sharp arrows, shot from his mouth. Silence from Karna, while describing his Guru’s name, clearly indicates that he have cheated his guru. He shots his next arrow faster. Drona asks Karna to tell him then, “Tell me O Karna! Tell me the one whom I denied to train! Tell me that Karna who cheated Lord Parashurama, learnt Archery by cheating and who had been cursed by his own Guru, who was supposed to give you boon – How can I allow my disciple to fight against a cheater! What you thought, I will not recognize you!

Adhirath, the father of Karna comes fast to the spot where Karna was and tries to drag him out of the Playground. From the back comes a roaring voice then.

Duryodhana crown Karna - Mahabharata Unanswered

Now comes the real incidence which is our much awaited Mahabharata unanswered question. Duryodhana comes up and declares to all the crowd and royal family members – “O Karna! Stop where you are. You need not have to feel shy for your birth and for your brought up. I hereby declare you to be the king of Anga. So, you are now a King and can easily challenge any Kshatriya. I don’t find any reason for anyone to stop you.

Saying thus, Duryodhana crown Karna then and there. In some of the TV series, a dialogue has been added on the lips of Duryodhana – “Anga is the kingdom, that has been assigned to me by my father, the king of Kurus.” Let me tell you here that there is no such word mentioned in the Sanskrit version of Jaya by Vyasa, Bharata by Vaisampayana and even in Mahabharata by Ugrasav Sauti. Moreover, the standard English version of Mahabharata by K.M. Ganguly do not either states that sentence of Duryodhana. Hence, it is clear that, the sentence added by TV Series are not the words of the book, but a self-woven answer to the Mahabharata Unanswered Question.

How could Duryodhana crown Karna - Mahabharata Unanswered

Coming to the analysis part of the Mahabharata Unanswered Question – How could Duryodhana crown Karna, the first area to be spotlighted is status of Duryodhana in Kuru Kingdom.

Duryodhana was definitely the son of Dhritarashtra, the Kuru King, but a point here is to be noted prominently. Since the time of Bharat, in Kuru dynasty, the rule that King’s son would be King, had been abolished. So, by no means, there is a definite statement that Duryodhana would be the king of Hastinapura, after Dhritarashtra. He was not even the eldest of the Kuru dynasty next generation. Hence, by no means, he was a future king naturally. Now, question is – whether Duryodhana was not a natural heir of kingdom essentially means that he cannot own a kingdom?

Note here that we are talking about a kingdom and not of a property, that anyone can buy that and own it. A big kingdom can be shared among the princes of the royal family and there must be someone who would govern all the princes. But that has to be done on the royal court and when done on the royal court, different kingdoms are to be distributed to different princes. Just allowing one prince to rule one kingdom separately cannot be done as the royal court would not sanction the same. Why not? Because that will give rise to a chaos among princes and will lead to a war.

Now, how can we be certain that there was no such distribution? First of all, there has been no declaration in the entire Mahabharata about such practice anywhere in any dynasty and in any kingdom. Secondly, if such distribution were made, Pandavas didn’t have to remain in exile after they fled from Varnabrat Jatugriha, later on. If there had been some allocation of kingdom for them, their decision might have been to leave those and flee from Kuru region, but for such decision, some discussion is essential. Mahabharata book describes every single political discussion of Pandavas, Kauravas, Panchalas, Bhagdattas and Yadavas. So, this important and vital chapter cannot go missing.

This surely proofs that there was no such distribution of kingdom to princes, as TV series claims with their interpolations. So, one thing is very much certain that Duryodhana was not a ruler of any kingdom and thus he had no direct authority to make someone king of that kingdom. However, he can still suggest the king to make someone king of some kingdom. As his father, the king, was blind to him, he would have done the assignment easily. But he had not done that even. Duryodhana crown Karna directly without asking anyone, without taking permission from anyone and even didn’t bother to wait upon the king to make the final announcement.

Duryodhana was not the Yuvraj or the Upcoming King of Hastinapur even. So, from that angle also, he had not the authority to declare someone king of some region. Now the inevitable Mahabharata unanswered question is straight forward – With what authority did Duryodhana crown Karna? Answer is very simple – Duryodhana crown Karna, going beyond all royal rules and social science. But that act of his give rise to another big Mahabharata Unanswered question – Why the king and ministers of Hastinapura didn’t oppose Duryodhana, while he had done such a crime?

Why No Minsiters Protested when Duryodhana crown Karna - Mahabharata Unanswered

When a king is sitting at a place, ministers can object to the king, but cannot oppose directly. The opposition must have to done directly from the end of King himself. Dhritarashtra, who was the king in this case, had shown properly that he was actually born blind, while case of Duryodhana is raised. Duryodhana tried to kill Bhima by poisoning him. King knew that later on and he have not even given a single sentence on that venomous crime. Later, Duryodhana along with Karna, Shakuni and Dussasana planned to kill all the five Pandavas along with Kunti at Varnabrat Jatugriha. King knew that also later on, but have not shown any reaction against his beloved filthy son. Same was the case when rape attempt was made by Duryodhana in Hastinapura Sabha against Draupadi.

Thus, the ministers knew that the king would not protest his son, by any means. And when king is not opposing on his own, no argues will stand before him. Only one could have protested Duryodhana and that was Kunti. But seeing Karna and identifying him to be his son, looking at the Kavach and Kundal, she fainted. After regaining sense, she could not protest against Karna, as a guilty feeling always acted in her for leaving Karna, while he was a baby. Hence, the ministers could not make a protest and Duryodhana committed the second crime in his life, with dozens to come till the end of Mahabharata.

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