The friendship between Duryodhana
and Karna grew day by day. Not for a moment did Duryodhana think that he was the emperor
and Karna was his inferior. He was always in the company of Karna, He would tell him
everything . When the officials employed for the purpose began to sing his titles he would
stop them and make them sing Karna's titles, and feel happy. Every day he would give
precious gifts to Karna. he valued greatly Karna's character, strength, honesty and
And Karna reciprocated. Duryodhana was dear to him as his own
life. For his sake karna was prepared to offer his life. When others insulted by calling
him the son of a charioteer, Duryodhana alone had treated him as his equal; so Karna had
great regard and friendship for Duryodhana.
Karna was matchless in charity. So was he in carrying out his
promise. Hundreds of poor people used to come to him. Wiht a smile Karna would give them
money or clothes. He was called " Danashoora" ( outstanding in generosity).
The Kauravas and the Pandavas were sons of brothers. For the
sake of the kingdom they were always at loggerheads. Whenever there was a quarrel Karna
was on the side of Duryodhana, the eldest of the Kauravas. For him I must fight; in the
future war I must kill his enemies, the Pandavas; in particular I must destroy the most
powerful among them, Arjuna. That will please Duryodhana. Such were his thoughts. He had
confidence in his ability to protect Duryodhana even if Bhisma, Drona and others let him
down. Whenever Duryodhana was worried about the stronger of hte Pandavas, Karna would
assure him. " Please do not worry. Only, let there be a war between ourselves and hte
Pandavas, then you will see. I am going to crush them." Such words gave Duryodhana
comfort and confidence.