Originally posted by .Vrish.
Earth godess? That's a new one for me. What curse did Bhoomi devi curse him w/, and why?
Oh it's one of the several legends related to Karna. Once while he was wandering, he came across a child crying. On being asked why, the child replied she had spilt the ghee she was carrying in a cup and now hr mother would scold her. Karna, being Karna, offered the child not one, but ten cups of ghee in lieu. But the child was adamant, she wanted Karna to retrieve the ghee that had fallen on the ground. A bemused Karna scooped up a fistful of mud and with superhuman strength squeezed it. The ghee that had been absorbed in the mud began to drip and the child happily collected it in the cup.
But someone else was not so happy- and that was the Earth Goddess. She pointed out that in the process of satisfying the child, Karna had squeezed to death the thousands of micro-organic creatures inhabiting the mud he had scooped.
She then cursed him that she (Earth / mud) would be the cause for his death.