as though the divine parents of the heroes sought to encourage their offspring and witness
this fateful battle, Indra, the lord of the thunderclouds, and Bhaskara of the in finite
rays, simultaneously appeared in the heavens.
When she saw Karna, Kunti knew him as her first
born and fainted away. Vidura instructed the maid-servant to attend upon her and she
revived. She stood stupefied with anguish not knowing what to do.
As they were about to join in battle, Kripa,
well-versed in the rules of single combat, stepped between them and addressed Karna:
"This prince, who is ready to fight with
thee, is the son of Pritha and Pandu and a scion of the Kuru race. Reveal, O mighty armed
thy parentage and the race rendered illustrious by thy birth. It is only after knowing thy
lineage that Partha can fight with thee, forhigh-born princes cannot engage in single
combat with unknown adventurers."
When he heard these words, Karna bent down his
head like a lotus under the weight of rain water.
Duryodhana stood up and said: "If the
combat cannot take place merely because Karna is not a prince--why, that is easily
remedied. I crown Karna as the king of Anga." He then obtained the assent of Bhishma
and Dhritarashtra, performed all the necessary rites and invested Karna with the
sovereignty of the kingdom of Anga giving him the crown, jewels and other royal insignia.