According to Puranas, Mahabharatha war is the greatest war ever fought for saving dharma and destroying adharma. During the course of the war, many things happened that made the story more multifaceted and complex.
Many a times, during the war, Krishna forced Arjuna to break conventional rules to save the ultimate Dharma. Killing of Karna is also one part associated with this in the Puranas.
Karna was the son of Surya, king of Anga and a great warrior who had the protection of kavach and kundal for protecting his life. His name is always associated to sacrifice, courage, charity and selflessness.
Unfortunately, Karna had to face the effect of three curses that he got previously from his Guru, a Brahmin and Bhoomi devi. Krishna utilised this opportunity and asked Arjuna to kill Karna, when he was trying to bring up his chariot wheel, when staying armless and when he forgot to use his Brahmasthra.
While going through the story, it is natural that we all feel the same doubt in our mind. Why Krishna got Karna killed?
You will get an answer once you are clear about the ultimate aim of the Mahabharatha war. Here, we shall discuss on what made Krishna get Karna killed.
Goal Is Important Than Means
In the Bhagavat Geeta, it is clearly mentioned that Lord Krishna believes and advises us that goal is more important than the means that you adopt to reach there.
The ultimate aim of lord Krishna was to save Dharma and defeat Adharma. If you wonder why Krishna got Karna killed, know that this is the ultimate reason.
Break Conventional Rules
When it is all about fighting for saving dharma, Krishna always followed a common policy of breaking conventional rules. Killing of Karna, even when he was armless, is one of the major and critical decisions that Krishna took during the course of the war.
Hence, this decision resulted in the victory of the Pandavas.
Utilise The Situation
Unlike other wars that were fought between two entirely different origin of people, Mahabharatha war was between the members of the same family.
Since the war is a type of kill or be killed one, the death of anyone of the opponents was very important. This made Krishna utilise the best opportunity that he got to defeat Karna. This may be one of the reasons why Krishna got Karna killed during the war, even when he was armless.
To Remove The Greatest Hurdle
Karna was considered as the only powerful person who could fight and kill Arjuna, hence he had to be defeated by any means.
Also, moving forward in the war to attain victory without defeating Karna was almost impossible for the Pandavas. With the death of Karna, the greatest hurdle to the victory of the Pandavas was cleared.
To Ensure Victory Of Dharma
While thinking about what made Krishna get Karna killed, nothing will give you a clear answer than the ultimate aim of the war. To recover Dharma, all and everything that comes in the way of Adharma should be destroyed.
No matter who it is, setting people to be free, who are in the way of Adharma, would have spoiled the ultimate aim of the war.
Hence, Karna is still glorified as one of the best characters in the Mahabharatha and his name will remain as long as the world exists.
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Story first published: Tuesday, December 22, 2015, 13:15 [IST]