Karna made bold and went to the
hermitage of Parashurama. He prostrated before him. Parashurama asked:
"Who are you, Child
"They call me Karna."
"Why did you come to me?"
"You are regarded as a matchless and outstanding warrior. You know the intricacies
of archery. I wish to become your pupil. Do not reject me."
When he observed Karna's humility and love of learning, Parashurama took pity on him.
As Parashurama desired Karna gladly demonstrated his skill. Parashurama was surprised at
his dexterity andconcentration. He felt Karna's skill was beyond his years. He also felt
that Karna deserved to be his pupil. He agreed to teach Karna the art of archery. Karna
In those days only Kshatriyas and Brahmins were allowed to stay with and learn archery
from a teacher.
Parashurama hated that Kshatriyas. Therefore he had decided to teach archery only to
Brahmins. He thought Karna was a Brahmin. And Karna refrained from telling him that he was
not a Brahmin.
Karna's training proceeded without any hindrance. He would grasp his teacher's
instructions instantly. He would carry them out perfectly, at the first attempt. Thus
Karna grasped the technique of archery from the teacher. And he served his teacher with
affection. Quite some time passed.