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How Karna Became The Friend of Duryodhana and Kauravas in the Mahabharat?

In the Mahabharat, Karna, though born of Kunti, mother of Pandavas, was abandoned on birth and he was brought up by a charioteer and as such considered as a charioteer’s son. Karna became the friend of Duryodhana and Kauravas as they gave him social and political status, which was long denied to him.

After training in arms, Kauravas and Pandavas were given an arena to display their talent. Karna arrived there and insisted on participating and challenging Arjuna who was considered as a great archer.

However, people raised objection to his participation stating that he was not of royal blood and was the son of mere charioteer.

Duryodhana was looking for someone who could challenge Arjun. He found an ideal candidate in Karna. He ceased the opportunity and declared Karna as the king of the Anga territory.

Thus, Karna got the right to fight in the tournament arranged for royal blood.

This one act got Duryodhana the lifelong support of Karna.

Karna’s friendship and loyalty was so thick that he did not abandon Kauravas even after knowing that he was the eldest of the Pandavas.