when Durvasa Muni was a guest at the house of Kunti's father, Kunti
satisfied Durvasa by rendering service, and thus he blessed her with
the mystic power by which she could summon any demigod. To examine
the potency of this mystic power, the pious Kunti immediately called
for the sun-god.
As soon as Kunti called for the demigod of
the sun, he appeared before her, much to her surprise. She told the
"I was simply examining the
effectiveness of this mystic power. I'm sorry I have called you
unnecessarily. Please return and excuse me."
The sun God said:
"O beautiful Kunti, your
meeting with the demigods cannot be fruitless. Therefore, let me
place my seed in your womb so that you may bear a son. I shall
arrange to keep your virginity intact, since you are still an
According to rules of the Vedic
civilization, if a girl give birth to a child before she is married,
no one will marry her. Therefore, although the sun-god wanted to give
Kunti a child, she hesitated because she was still unmarried. To keep
her virginity intact, the sun-god arranged to give her a child that
came from her ear.
After saying this, the sun-god discharged
his semen into the womb of Kunti and then returned to the celestial
kingdom. Immediately thereafter, Kunti gave birth to Karna, a child
who was like a second sun-god.