Thousands of companies manufactured matches worldwide and used a variety of fancy labels to make their brand stand out. The match boxes had unusual topics but some were much prettier than others. This cover features Karna. Karna (Sanskrit: ???? written Kar?a in IAST transliteration Tibetan: ????????, Wylie: gser khrab) or Radheya is one of the central characters in the epic Mah?bh?rata, from ancient India. He was the King of Anga (present day Bhagalpur and Munger). Karna was one of the greatest warriors whose martial exploits are recorded in the Mah?bh?rata, an admiration expressed by Krishna and Bhishma within the body of this work. Karna was the son of Surya (a solar deity) and Kunti. He was born to Kunti before her marriage with Pandu. Karna was the closest friend of Duryodhana and fought on his behalf against the Pandavas (his brothers) in the famous Kurukshetra war. Karna fought against misfortune throughout his life and kept his word under all circumstances. Many admire him for his courage and generosity.