"Pale, before the unknown warrior, gathered nations part in twain,Conqueror of hostile cities, lofty Karna treads the plain, In his golden mail accoutréd. and his rings of yellow gold,Like a moving cliff in stature, armed comes the chieftain bold, Pritha, yet unwedded, bore him, peerless archer on the earth,Portion of the solar radiance, for the Sun inspired his birth! Like a tusker in his fury, like a lion in his ire,Like the sun in noontide radiance, like the all-consuming fire, Lion-like in build and muscle, stately as a golden palm,Blessed with every very manly virtue, peerless, dauntless, proud and calm!"Source: Mahabharata (Book 1, Part V)The story of Karna is one of the biggest tragedies within the epic known as Mahabharata. Fathered by the Sun God, he is the eldest of the Pandavas - a fact hidden from all, except his mother and Krishna. A hero on the wrong side of the battle, he still serves as an inspiration for his generosity, valour, and for his principled steadfastness in the face of constant misfortune.