Karna was one of the central characters and greatest heroes of the Mahabharata. Even though the Mahabharata is largely centered around the Pandavas, who were the victims of the atrocities melted to them by their evil cousin, Duryodhana, but practically the great Mahabharata epic is incomplete without Karna.
Karna was the son of Surya and Kunti. He was born to Kunti before her marriage with Pandu. Karna was the closest friend of Duryodhana and fought on his behalf against the Pandavas (his brothers) in the famous Kurukshetra war. Karna fought against misfortune throughout his life and kept his word under all circumstances.
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