Suryaputra Karn of Sony TV has taken a 10 year leap and so we have a grownup Karn, Shon, Vrushali and to our surprise even a grownup Dushashan. Now when Karna and Shon were kids, Dushana was born. So going by that logic Dushana should have been a kid now that Karna – Shon are teenagers. However, here in the serial we see Dushana as a teenager who is making sure that the Sutas are treated brutally.
The grownup Shon behaves his age – He is playful, loves looking at girls and also love his brother Karna immensely. However, Karna is not like Shon, he is superior to everybody in the serial. After all, he makes his entry in a parachute which flies and lands appropriately where it should.
Wondering where did Parachute come from in that era?
Perhaps the writer wants us to believe that it is a flying chariot aka Vimana which Karna makes on his own. While, we have heard of Pushpak Vimana in Ramayana, we haven’t heard about any Vimana used in Maharabat. In fact, the core epic Mahabharat doesn’t mention about Mahabharat at all. You never know if it was added to the Mahabharat later like many other things.
According to Rigveda, here are following types of unusual transportation:
- Jalayan – a vehicle designed to operate in air and water. (Rig Veda 6.58.3)
- Kaara- Kaara- Kaara- a vehicle that operates on ground and in water. (Rig Veda 9.14.1)
- Tritala- Tritala- Tritala- a vehicle consisting of three stories. (Rig Veda 3.14.1)
- Trichakra Ratha – Trichakra Ratha – Trichakra Ratha – a three-wheeled vehicle designed to operate in the air. (Rig Veda 4.36.1)
- Vaayu Ratha- Vaayu Ratha- Vaayu Ratha- a gas or wind-powered chariot. (Rig Veda 5.41.6)
- Vidyut Ratha- Vidyut Ratha- Vidyut Ratha- a vehicle that operates on power. (Rig Veda 3.14.1).
Now none of these types describe the parachute type chariot that Suryaputra Karn used in his entry. Then what was he using? Is it just a writer’s imagination or there is really something like this?
If you read “Agastya Samhita” written by Agastya rishi, he describes mainly two variants of vimanas or aeroplanes. Now since the book describes the way to generate electricity it also talks about a umbrella or balloon shaped aeroplane that is filled with hydrogen.
The book elaborately describes the process of extracting hydrogen from water and even the utilizaion of electricity into the whole act just like Karna does. However, there is no evidence or proof that anybody in Mahabarat tried doing it else we would have known. Besides, this type of plane is stated as a primitive type of plane which was useful only for escaping from a fort when the enemy had set fire to the jungle all around. So, it got its name as “Agniyana”.
The other type of aircraft that is mentioned is more or less similar to that of a parachute. Yes, it could be opened and shut by operating chords. This aircraft in the book has been described as “vimanadvigunam” by Agastya rishi. i.e. of a lower order than the regular aeroplanes.
It is amusing to see that Karna a suta’s son is using Science and Technology (then Gyan, Vidya) to make his flying chariot when the knowledge of the same was confined to only Agastya rishi or maybe some other rishis as well. Karna was known for being a great warrior however making him a scientist too only makes the serial hilarious.