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Hinduism - Who Is Kunti In Hindu Mythology?

 

Kunti is the eldest wife of King Pandu and the mother of Yudhishthira, Arjuna, and Bhima in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics.

None of these children are Pandu's sons; instead, they were miraculously born as a result of the sage Durvasas' chant to Kunti.

The lady who recites the mantra has the ability to summon any of the gods and have a son who is equal to the god himself.

This mantra is given to Kunti before to her marriage.

She recites it while gazing at the sun in a fit of adolescent impulsiveness.

She is quickly visited by a dazzling figure who bestows upon her a similarly brilliant son.

She puts him in a box and aban dons him in the Ganges River, distraught and frantic at the birth of this illicit kid.

The charioteer Adhiratha adopts the kid, who grows up to be the heroic Karna.

Kunti's other three sons are born after her marriage, with Pandu's blessing: Yudhishthira, who is the personification of justice, Arjuna, who is the storm god Indra, and Bhima, who is the wind deity Vayu.

Despite growing up to be noble and kingly characters, these three acquire a strong animosity towards Karna due to his uncertain paternity.

This terrible struggle between men who are unaware that they are broth ers is one of the Mahabharata's sad themes.

Kunti, who is aware of Karna's identity, finds their animosity particularly difficult.

She understands that her issues stem from her impulsiveness and timidity.

She travels to Karna on the eve of the great Mahabharata battle, exposes his identity to him, and begs him to return and fight alongside his brothers.

Karna refuses, claiming that he has sworn to kill Arjuna but would spare her other sons.

Kunti becomes a hermit after the war, living in the wilderness with a group of her generation.

She gets murdered in a forest fire after living there for many years.


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Hinduism - Who Is Karna In Hindu Mythology?


Karna is the oldest of the Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata, the later of the two major Hindu epics, albeit he is unaware of his actual identity until a few days before his death.

He is born when his mother, Kunti, stares at the sun while repeating a mantra, which grants her the ability to have a son by any deity.

She is quickly visited by a dazzling person who bestows upon her an equally dazzling son.

Distraught and despondent by the birth of this kid, which she believes she will be unable to care for as an unmarried woman, she places him in a box and throws him into the Ganges.

Adhiratha, a charioteer, adopts the boy and raises him as his own son.

Later, Karna visits King Dhrutarashtra's palace, where he befriends the king's son, Duryodhana, the epic's adversary.

Karna starts a lifelong feud with Arjuna, one of the five Pandava brothers, while in court.

Arjuna's remarks concerning Karna's unknown paternity are intended to deprive Karna of the respect he deserves as Arjuna's equal.

Karna practices archery with Drona, the archery teacher, as do all the princes.

When Drona refuses to reveal Karna the secret of the Brahma weapon he intends to employ to assassinate Arjuna, Karna seeks guidance from the sage Parashuram avatar.

Because Parashuram despises the kshatriya (ruling) class and refuses to accept any of them as pupils, he disguises himself as a brahmin.

Karna learns all he needs to know from Parashuram.

Karna, on the other hand, obtains two curses during this time that will ultimately decide his destiny.

Karna kills a brahmin's cow, and the brahmin curses him, saying that his chariot wheel would stuck in the mud and he will be murdered by his opponent while riding on it.

Parashuram is the source of the second curse.

A beetle bores into Karna's thigh, which is a metaphor for the genitals in the epic, one day as Parashuram sleeps with his head on Karna's lap.

Despite the agony and blood, Karna maintains still so as not to wake his master.

When Parashuram wakes up, he recognizes that Karna's endurance for suffering indicates that he is a kshatriya, and that Karna has learned under false pretenses.

Parashuram curses Karna, saying that he would forget all he has learnt at the crucial time.

Both curses are finally fulfilled; although fighting valiantly in the Mahabharata battle, Karna is slain by Arjuna when his chariot's wheel becomes stuck in the mud.

Karna's mother, Kunti, comes to him on the eve of the great battle and reveals his actual identity, pleading with him to return and fight with his brothers.

Karna refuses, claiming that things have progressed too far for such drastic measures, but he promises Kunti that he will not harm any of his brothers except Arjuna, whom he has sworn to kill.

Karna's decision is also influenced by his devotion to Duryodhana, whose companionship and support he has enjoyed for many years above any commitment to a family he has just recently discovered.

Karna survives as one of the Mahabharata's tragic heroes because he is prepared to stick by his friends and convictions, even if the cause is faulty. 


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Hinduism - How Prevalent Is Female Infanticide In Hindu Societies?

 

The habit of parents murdering their children is unusual and widely condemned.

These children are often illegitimate, and infanticide or abandonment is a way to escape the societal consequences of what is considered an unethical conduct.

In Hindu mythology, there are multiple instances of this behavior, the most well-known of which is Kunti.

The sage Durvasas has given Kunti a mantra that grants her the ability to conceive and carry offspring for the gods.

Kunti employs the mantra on the spur of the moment to conjure the Sun, through whom she conceives and carries her son Karna.

She puts the kid in a box and abandons him in the Ganges in her terror at becoming a mother unexpectedly—she was still unmarried and reasonably worried about what others may think.

In some circumstances, newborns are murdered by their parents as a result of the family's desperation.

Almost all of the children slain in these situations are daughters.

The parents would face a murder charge if they were caught.

However, if a kid was not delivered in a hospital, where births are properly documented, infanticide is generally difficult to establish.

Daughters are generally considered as a huge financial burden for impoverished families, since the cost of arranging their weddings is often more than they can afford.

The traditional Indian marriage arrangement, in which a family's sons bring their wives into the family home, perpetuate the joint family, and care for their parents in their old age, reinforces this attitude toward daughters.

Because daughters become members of their husband's family after marriage, they are sometimes seen as "temporary" residents in their parents' houses.


May You Be the Mother of a Hundred Sons, by Elizabeth Bumiller, was published in 1990.

 


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