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Karna Using Nagastra On Arjuna - Story of Krishna Pressing Chariot Down in the Mahabharata War

On the 16th day of Kurukshetra war in the Mahabharata, Karna aims the dangerous Nagastra at Arjuna. If the arrow were to hit Arjuna, then death is certain.

Story of Krishna Pressing Chariot Down in the Mahabharata War

Karna aims the Nagastra at the head of Arjuna and releases it. However, Bhagavan Sri Krishna, who is Arjuna’s charioteer, presses the chariot down with His toe, and the chariot goes down a few inches. The arrow misses its target and knocks off Arjuna’s headgear. Thus, Krishna’s timely interference saves Arjuna’s life.

As per some versions of the Mahabharat, when Krishna presses down the chariot, the vehicle gets stuck in the mud. Sri Krishna gets down from his chariot and goes down on His knees, puts His shoulder to the wheel, and lifts up the chariot. As per these versions, Karna aims arrows at Sri Krishna but nothing happens.

The story if found in the Chapter XC of Karna Parva.