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Karna's Wives in Vyasa Bharat

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Vyasa Bharat did not mention any names of Karna's wives. Neither Vrishali nor Supriya were mentioned in the Epic. Even Duryothan's wife was not mentioned by name.

Karna's wives were mentioned in two places ..on two important occasions.

In Udyoga Parva

nAma me vasuSheNeti kArayAmAsa vai dvijaiH |

bhAryAshchoDhA mama prApte yauvane tena keshava || 10||

tAsu putrAshcha pautrAshcha mama jAtA janArdana |

tAsu me hRRidayaM kRRiShNa sa~njAtaM kAmabandhanam || 11||

Excerpt

Karna tells Krishna.

It is that Adhiratha, again, who caused the name Vasusena to be bestowed upon me by the Brahmanas. When also I attained to youth, I married wives according to his selections. Through them have been born my sons and grandsons,CXLI

Here Karna did not refer his wives with names.

In Stri Parva

Gandhari says

Excerpt

  • Alas, like a tiger slain by a lion, or an elephant by an infuriated elephant, that warrior hath been slain in battle by Savyasaci. Assembled together, O tiger among men, the wives of that warrior,with dishevelled tresses and loud wails of grief, are sitting around that fallen hero! Filled with anxiety caused by the thoughts of that warrior, king Yudhishthira the just could not, for thirteen years, obtain a wink of sleep! Incapable of being checked by foes in battle like Maghavat himself who is invincible by enemies, Karna was like the all-destroying fire of fierce flames at the end of the yuga, and immovable like Himavat himself! That hero became the protector of Dhritarashtra's son, O Madhava! Alas, deprived of life, he now lieth on the bare ground, like a tree prostrated by the wind! Behold the wife of Karna and mother of Vrishasena,is indulging in piteous lamentations and crying and weeping and falling upon the ground! Even now she exclaims, "Without doubt, thy preceptor's curse hath pursued thee! When the wheel of thy car was swallowed up by the Earth, the cruel Dhananjaya cut off thy head with an arrow! Alas, fie (on the heroism and skill)!"That lady the mother of Sushena, , exceedingly afflicted and uttering cries of woe, is falling down, deprived of her senses, at the sight of the mighty-armed and brave Karna prostrated on the earth, with his waist still encircled with a belt of gold. Carnivorous creatures, feeding on the body of that illustrious hero, have reduced it to very small dimensions. The sight is not gladdening, like that of the moon on the fourteenth night of the dark fortnight. Falling down on the earth, the cheerless dame is rising up again. Burning with grief on account of the death of her son also, she cometh and smelleth the face of her lord!'"
  • Hence no names were mentioned. Vrishasena's mother,Sushena's mother..This was how they were referred.
  • Urvi is a fictional charecter created by Kavita Kane. The Epic did not mention any such story of a princess who rejected Arjuna and selected Karna., This must be the fantasy of the author.
  • Sources
  • Bori Critical Edition Of Mahabharata Sanskrit version Udyoga Parva Ch 139
  • Kisari Mohan Ganguli English Translation
  • Udyogaparva Section CXLI
  • stri Parva Section 21..

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