Karanwas, the sacrosanct city named after Daanveer Karna has always been held in high esteem since the ancient times. This holy city located on the lower course of the divine Ganga River has been mentioned in several Hindu scriptures, commentaries and biographies of saints, yogis and tapasvis.
However, this tirthasthala is best known for its strong bond with Daanveer Karna, the greatest philanthropist to have walked this earth. A revered bhakta of Maa Kalyani Devi, Daanveer Karna used to bathe in the Ganges, make his daily oblations and then donate as much as 50 kg of gold every day to the Brahmins and the needy. He attributed his magnanimity to the kindness of his ārādhya devata, Maa Kalyani Devi.
Karn Mandir, a temple dedicated to Daanveer Karna is said to be of the Mahabharat Period. This temple of great antiquity is venerated by all and offers a beautiful view of this sacred place. There is an idol of Daanveer Karna in the sanctum sanctorum that is worshipped by all devotees. This temple is located close to Maa Kalyani Devi Mandir on the banks of the Ganga.
Written by Lakshmi Subramanian
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