Karana Tattoo. The son of sun god/Suryaputra

Karana Tattoo. The son of sun god/Suryaputra

Karana Tattoo. The son of sun god/Suryaputra.

Karana is a tragic hero in the epic Mahabharata, in a manner similar to Aristotle’s literary character “a flawed good man.” This Karana tattoo symbolizes just that.

Kunti got a boon from Durvasa whereby she could call upon any deity to grant her a son. She was unmarried but still wanted to test the boon and called upon Lord Surya.Lord Surya appeared and granted her a son while keeping her virginity intact. This child was born as radiant and strong as his father. He was born with armor (Kavacha) and a pair of earrings (kundala) dipped in amrit, which were attached to him by birth.

He later on came to know as Karana, when Lord Indra in disguise of a Brahmin shows up to protect his son Arjuna. Lord Indra asked himto give him the armor and the earrings.Without hesitating he peeled off the armor and the earrings even though he knew it would make him vulnerable during the time of war. As Karana literally means peeling of ones own skin, Lord Indra gave him the name Karana.

He met his biological mother later in the epic and realizes he is the elder half brother of those against whom he is fighting.

Karana is a symbol of someone who is rejected by those who should love him, yet becoming a man of exceptional abilities willing to give his love and life as a loyal friend. His character is developed in the epic to raise and discuss emotional and ethics dilemmas.

His story has inspired many secondary works, dramatic plays and poetry in the Hindu culture and the East Asian culture.

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