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The Karakas I

INTRODUCTION All inanimate as well as the animate being the world are signified by the planets and hence the work karaka is associated with them. Karaka means the doer of certain activities. This means that the karakas represent the influence of various things animate or inanimate, in our life. Based on the inhenrent gunas, Sattva, Rajas and Tamas the karakas are classified in three categories namly the Naisargik karaka which is predominant in Rajas Guna, the Chara Karaka which is predominant in the Sattva guna and the the Sthira Karaka which is predominant in the Tamas guna. The utility of these karakas can be understood from the standpoint of their gunas. The sthirakarakas are governed by by Shiva and there are 7 such karakas. They represent the death of various animate things surrounding us (Rahu and Ketu, who are the shadowy planets without body cannot die and hence is excluded from the scheme of the 7 sthira karakas). The charakaraka is governed by vishnu and are 8 such karakas. They show the influence of various atmas / souls in our life and thus means our sustainence in this material world in the form of a social life (having inter relationships with various souls in this world) and spiritual growth. The remaining category is the Naisargik karaka governed by Brahma and there are 9 such karakas. They represent the creation process and hence all perceptible and imperceptible creation of the world are governed by them. We know that when we talk of a horoscope we are talking of Narayana (Maha Vishnu) who is the creator and preserver of the brahmanda. While the rasis represent different parts of the Lord and the grahas represent the deities who signify a particular aspect and event in the life of a creature. The rasis are fixed and represent the environment, while the grahas are in motion which represent people who come and influence us.

THE CHARAKARAKAS (8 planets) Atmakaraka The graha that obtains the highest longitude in the chart is the Atmakaraka. It is the significator of the soul (atma). It is the king of the chart. Being the significator of the soul, the 12th house of liberation is seen from the Atmakaraka in the Navamsa to find out the Ista devata of the native who would guide the soul towards liberation from the bondage of life and death. Amatyakaraka The graha obtaining the second highest longitude is called Amatyakaraka. It signifies the mind. Its role is that of a Minister who guides the king. It is the Amatyakaraka who guides the destiny of the person towards attainment of the desires of the atma. Being the protector of the soul, the palanadevata (the deity who sustains oneself in this world) is seen from the 6th from the Amatyakaraka in the Navamsa. Bhratrikaraka The graha obtaining the third highest longitude is called the Bhratrikaraka - the significator of brothers and co-born who actually are expected to stand by the individual in times of dire need. It is also known as the Gurukaraka, as next to the Amatya it is only the Guru (preceptor) who can guide the atma towards its desired goal and God. The guru and their influence on our life and its

they show the promise. No graha in the horoscope can actually give benefic or malefic results beyond what the Atmakaraka could signify. In the Navamsa chart.The influence of children on the life of the native need to be studied from this Charakaraka. the spouse (Dara) is placed last at the 8th place. The spouse is the 'Ardhangini' (equal partner) of the person. the spouse is no different from the person as whatever is to happen with the person is to be shared jointly by both. it would show how the promise is fulfilled. Hence he gains the sixth place of importance in the relationship of the person. Matrikaraka is one (and the first in ascending order to the Atmakaraka) as mother is the person who has brings the atma into existence in the world. The influence of mother on the life of the native need to be studied from this Charakaraka. It actually shows the objectives. The influence of kith and kins on the life of the native need to be studied from this Charakaraka. being the one who has carried the soul of the native and transmitted to the womb of mother. Hence. Children bear the future of the person.purpose can be seen from the Bhratrikarka in the Rasi and the Navamsa chart. The relatives of the person are the ones who are expected to be near the person in times of happiness and distress. Matrikaraka The graha obtaining the fourth highest longitude is called the Matrikaraka .the significator of relatives. The influence of father on the life of the native need to be studied from this Charakaraka. Among the four karakas of prime importance. Any . how the guru would influence the life of the native. while in the rasi chart. Pitrikaraka The graha obtaining the fifth highest longitude is called the Pitrikaraka . Darakaraka The graha obtaining the eighth highest longitude is called Darakaraka .the significator of father. Hence he comes next in hierarchy to the mother. ideals and goals of the soul for which it has born on earth. Gnyatikaraka The graha obtaining the 7th highest longitude is known as the Gnyatikaraka . they gain the seventh place of importance in the relationship of the person. As importance to the self is always last. Putrakaraka The graha obtaining the sixth highest longitude is known as the Putrakaraka and it is the significator of children. A son is the one who is to perform the last rites of the person. It is she who has the first right over the child and guides the child at all stages to do the right thing to attain glory and God.the significator of wife. The Atmakaraka has a very vital role to play in the horoscope of a person. Thus. Father is the one who is the cause for the birth of the person. The influence of father on the life of the native need to be studied from this Charakaraka. The influence of spouse and companion on the life of the native need to be studied from this Charakaraka.the significator of mother.

Our atma is a jeevatma. This is one of the very important and significant reasons why the 9th house in the Rasi chart is associated with Jupiter and Sun as the natural significators of the person’s Dharma bhava.deviation in life from the desired path or objective of the atma renders it disillusioned. The ultimate objective of the atma is to mingle with the parmatmamsa. To attain this. The Trines from the Karakamsa. Sattwik guna alone is the sustainer of the atma and it leads it to the lord. becomes a very vital part of vedic astrology divination. thus. As it actually performs no role in the active life of the person except to watch (as a Judge) the direction of growth of the person. which. then it becomes the Swamsa. become very vital signs to determine the native’s spiritualism. in which case. If the Karakamsa and Lagnamsa become the same or have any connection between them. become automatically good for the spiritualism of the person and also to provide gati for his atma (known as Atmagati). which is God. 5th and 9th (Trines) bhavas from the Karakamsa. therefore. planets) Father Moon sister-in-law . the role of Brihaspati (who represents God) becomes very vital in the Navamsa division of the person. thus. it has certain abilities of its own towards that direction. the Trines from the Karakamsa will show the actual desire of the atma. it finally deserts the body in the form of death at a time when it can no longer sustain the misdeeds of the person. What are the desires of the atma? What are its abilities? Whether it has the power to fulfil its objective or utilize its abilities? Whether the abilities and the powers of the atma would be utilized in the right direction or not? Whether the birth of the atma would attain its purpose or not? All these factors are to be seen from the Navamsa (the 9th division – D9 – chart of the person). as Brihaspati is the naisargika karaka for the 9th house (Dharma) significations. KARAKS Sun and Moon and younger brother (7 VenusMarsbrother-in-law. should perform sattwik acts so as to cleanse the soul off its impurities and lead it to God. It simply leaves the physical body and an Atma whose primary desire is not fulfilled has actually lived a wasted life. Thus. while the ascendant or Lagna sign of the Navamsa is called the Lagnamsa and. While the Karakamsa itself will help see the desire of the atma. the activity of the person whose physical form the atma has obtained. The Navamsa sign occupied by the atmakaraka is called the Karakamsa. the objective and the abilities of the atmakaraka are attained. both these together are called the Swamsa (Swa meaning self and amsa meaning division). As the atmakaraka has an objective with which it is born. THE Stronger Stronger Mars- STHIRA among among Younger sister. It is Brihaspati as the sustainer of the jeevatma and Surya as the provider of jeeva (life) who predominate the person’s Dharma bhava. Any graha located in the 1st. Regular prayer to the Ishta Devta (to be determined from the 12 house from the placement of Karakamsa) and the Lord of Bhratrikarak (also called the Gurukarak) helps attain the gati for the atma to move speedily in the desired direction. The gati in that direction may be slow or obstructed due to various other factors.

Bone (skeletal system).Saturn Jupiter Saturn NAISARGIKA From Uttara KARAKAS Kalamrta (9 and other planets) texts. Heat.MercuryJupiterVenusSaturn- Maternal uncles. Square shape. aunts and all maternal relatives paternal grandparents. King.Mercury Jupiter Mars. Half A Year (uttarayana / dakshinayana).. substances.Jupiter. Courage. The natural karaka cover everything around us may it be tastes. Strenuous Effort. Old Age. clothes. However. our emotions. One Born of a Timid Woman. Splendour. Both the primary and secondary karakas are important for protecting the signification of a bhava. Bitterness. Thorned Trees. Valour. Power. the list of the karaka can never be comprehensive and it requires experience to know the karaka of each and everything around us. father & mother-in-law. children Wife. Father. Skyward Look. Fire. each bhava has many secondary karakas. Quadruped (also the birds). elements and everything which is either perceptable or non perceptable to our senses. Forest. Being In Royal Favour. Since the world is so much full of variety of various living and non living things each of which is symbolised by a planet. Lagna2nd3rd4th5th6th7th8th9th10th11th12thSun Jupiter Mars Moon. Self-Realization. Grass. maternal grandparents Elder brother & Elder sister THE BHAVA KARAKAS (Controller of Bhava) Though the primary bhavakarakas are given below. Land. Taste. maternal grandparents. The Belly. . World Of Mortals (Mrtyu Loka). Worship Of Siva.Saturn Venus Saturn Sun. the list of karakas given by various classics can help us in building up the insights while understanding the possible planetary lordship of a particular thingl. Intense Severity (fierce). Wickedness. Fortress. Travelling.Mercury. the plant or animals. different metals. Wandering Over The Mountains (wanderer). Eye (right). Good Strength.. Cattle. The Sun The Soul.Jupiter Sun. Any bhava whose karaka is well placed in kendra/ trine from the bhava in good dignity or is aspecting the bhava or is placed with the lord of the bhava try to fulfil the promise of the bhava. Husband (for female chart).

Lordship Of The Whole Country (sovereign). Good Perfume (incence). Sword. Heart (feelings). Mounting A Vehicle. Happiness. Coral (??). Best Ornaments. Eating (food). Mathematics. Love For West. White Colour. Flesh eater. Facing South. Owning A Garden. Woman (motherly). Ruby. Neck. Jewel. Bell-Metal. Spade Or Hatchet. Skin. Vedanta Philosophy. Doctor. Triangle. River Bank. Brother. Ritu (Season). Love for Curd. Well. Sattvik (Pure). Idleness. Bad Dreams. Anything like Water (any fluid). Astrology. Short Like A Dwarf. Thick Cord The Moon Mind. Eunuch. Lord Of The Eastern Direction. Short Stature. Red Cloth. Good Fruits. Kingdom. Thief. Battle. Dubar Hall. Horses. Mental Purity. Life. Fool. Disease In The Head. Hostility. Strength at Night. if afflicted). Fire. Recitation Of Mantras/ Sattvik . Wise Lectures. Supporter. Stone. Going to a Fortress. Green Colour. Calumniating Others. Infantry. Summer Season. Sama Veda. Ailment of the Shoulders. State Inspection. Leanness. Speech. Imagination. Good Dinner.Dealing. Valour. Wet. Victory Over Enemy. Lord Of Sky. A Weapon. Affection. Day. Sugarcane. Kingship. Mental Disposition (state of mind). Copper. Sataghni. Timber (wood). House. Face. Wheat. Epilepsy (diseases of mind. Fish and Other Water Creatures. Praying To God Subrahmanya. A Tree. Brilliant Things (sparkling). Bite. Ability. Speech/ Courteous Speech. Bitter. Precious stones (gems). Pleasure. Deep red colour. Clean Crystal. Learned. Seeing. Pungent. Body (vitality in the body). Enlargement of the Spleen (spleed creates bile which help in fat metabolism). Splendour. Hostility. Independence. Pond. Consumption (infection of lungs/ TB). Going to a Foreign Country. Whiteness (colour). Beauty. Rogue. Anger. Nine Gems (navaratna). Serpent. Firmness. Pearls. Blood (red blood cells). Fickle Mindedness. Youth. Renunciation. Minister. Desire. Palatial Building. Loss Of Virility. Belly. Axe. Bell metal. Forester. Brahmin by caste. Treasury. Profundity Of Character. Judge. Silk Garments Mars Prowess. Strong At Mid-Day (Noon). Earthen Pots. Facing North. Blood Purity and Vitality. Freedom Form Disease. Middle Age. Public Life. Coagulation Of Blood Mercury Formal education (schooling). Male. Copper. Typhoid (infection of intestine). Ornaments. Enemy's Strength. Commander in chief. Sound Of A Trumpet. Joking. Looking After The Wild Animals. Strength. Circular Shape (??). Getting A Job. Obstacles. Heat. Tank (any water body). Red Chandan Or Saffron. Serpent. Lance Or Spear. Sight Of Blood. Winter Season. Generosity. Facing Westward. Enemy. Controversy. Strong At The End Of The Night. Silver (metal). Scandal. Capture Of The Enemy. Sharp in Thought (in good association such as Jupiter). Adept In Archery. Maternal Grandfather. A Beautiful Cloth. Blood. Eye Disease. Persistency. Writing. Mouth. Village Headman. Lord Of Saurashtra State. Pilgrimage To Holy Places. Learned. Gold. Scorch. Mother (relations). Umbrella or any Other Royal Insignia. Saltish taste/ Sleep (peace). New Garment. Bile. Trading. Waistband. Eastern Direction. Fame (popularity among masses). Sculpture. Nourishment. A Beautiful House. The Middle World. Fame. Burnt Place. Mendicant (sanyasa yoga). Virtue Or Vice (attributes of mind). Shortness. Anger. Travel/ Going To Far Off Countries. Worshipping Goddess Gauri. Wound. Long Standing Anger. World. Disease. Fracture Of A Limb. Temple. Phlegmatic (kapha) Humour. Quadruped. Land (any immovable property). Goldsmith. Pain while Passing Urine. Flower. Tin. Soft And Velvety Clothes.

Gems. Vaisya. Pre-Eminence. Poetry. Trading. Vedic Text. Fond Of Northwest Quarter. Holy Water. Marriage. Command. Brilliancy. Sacred Prayer. South-East. Ether. Moving In Villages. a month. Moving In Villages. A Handsome Youth. Modesty. Children. Well Versed In The Legends Of The Past. One With Disfigured Limbs. Impartiality. Great grand-father. Flower. Misery. Love-Making. Movement In Heaven. Auspicious. Infantry. Cow. Witness. Happiness. Happiness. Bharat Natyama (a form of dance in India). Afternoon. Treasure.Dvija). One Born Of The Lowest Caste. Dancing. Misunderstanding. A Biped (Human). Reading Other's Mind. Intellect. Luck. Savings. Servant. Childhood. Black Hair. Yellow Sapphire. Well Formed Limbs. Old Garment. Income. Royal Honour. Sexual Happiness. A . Pearl. Dust. Whiteness. Obstruction. Eye. Physical Health. Performing One's Religious Duties. Fond Of Amorous Sports. A Lord. Swimmer. Skin (nerves. Religious Duty. Charming an Audience. Horse. Scratching. Specialist In Grammar. Genital Organs. Yellow Colour. Tower. Paternal Relation. Short. Happiness Through A Woman. Tranquillity. All Sorts Of Pleasures.Mantras. Strong. Amusement. Eunuch. Pudendum Virile. Dropsy. A Portion Of Life. Merchant. Yajur Veda. Distress. Spring Season. Adept at Writing Poetry. tendons and ligaments). Circular. Fame. Large Body. Topaz. Thighs. Singing. Impartial Nature. God (divine blessings). Maternal Uncle. Stone To Sharpen Knives. Garland. Birds. A House Granting All Comforts. Meemamsa philosophy. Logic. Honey. Fear. Grandson. Guru. Truth Speaking. Lord Indra. Chariot. Orator. Scents. Depth Of A Language. Much Emaciated. Swinging. Ornamentation. Literature. Facing North. Flute. Religious Action. Ornaments. Vehicle. Fond Of Humour. Enjoyment. Fat. Misery. Happiness From The Wife. Death. Water Sports. Family Prosperity. Knee. Elephant. Urine. A Beautiful Mansion. Gems. Wife. Auspiciousness. Travelling In A Well-Decorated Carriage Venus White Umbrella. Softness. Dancing. Fondness For White Garments. Expert In Testing Of The Precious Stones. Reputation. Tower. Maid Servant. Mantras. Middle Age. Length. Throne. Strong at All Times. Silver. Benefic. Sharp-Witted. Beauty. Devotion. Brahmin. Sickness. Variegated Lustre. Youthful Vigour. Eight Kinds Of Wealth. Broken Health. Watery Resort. The Quality Of Passion. One's Duty. Elephant. After Born. Government Seal. Astrology. Garden. Helping Others. Sweet Juice. Worship Of Lord Vishnu. Day Sitting Mothers. Gentleness. Automn Season. Woman. A New House. Lovely Gait. Outcast. Worshipping Goddess Parvati and Lakshmi. Close Friend. Decoration for The Stage. Wrath of Priest. Sour. Gift. Vessels. Garment. Mixed Items. Twice Born (Brahmins. Atharva Veda. Kingdom. Crooked Look. Being Good. Palatial House. Ogling. Profundity Of Character. Literary Composition. Hemanta Ritu. An Amulet Jupiter Brahmin. Love. Veena (a string instrument). Phlegm. Asses And Mules. Proficiency In Learning. Variegated Colour. Philosophy. Charity. Navel. Valour. Half A Month. Worship Of Lord Shiva. Proficiency In Art. Grand father. Haunting Woods. Sparing In Meals. Sudra. A Scholar. Handsome Look. Powerful In The Morning. The Directions. Horse. Semen. Gentleness. Proficient In Telugu Language. Humorous Temperament. Heaven. Greatly Respected And Highly Esteemed. Jewel. Penance. Horse. Even. Bird. Eldest Brother. Diamond Saturn Laziness. Gain.

Doctor. Dog. Indifference To The World. Catarrh. Agriculture. Black Grains. God Ganesha And Many Other Gods. Father Or Maternal Grandfather. Paternal Grandfather. Wind. Great Penance. Trouble Form Enemies. Goats And The Like. Theft And. Evil. Bastard. Knowledge Of Brahma. Sorrow. Friendship. External Position. Wind. Serpent World. Downward Look. Night Breeze. Dog. Old Age. Life Saving Drugs. Intriguing With A Wicked Woman. Impurity. Thorn. Mother. Learning The Trade Of Another Class. Buffalos And The Like. Pain. Fear. Reptile. An Irreligious Man. Hard-Heartedness. Facing West. Golaka (abode of lord Krsna). A Hunter. Misdirected Strength. Born Of A Very Low Mother. Consumption. Severe Stomach ache. Fever. Great Anger. Forest. Deer. Downcast. Black Colour. All Kinds Of Wealth. Association Of Sudra. Long Lasting. Inconstancy.Servile Duty. Lost in Battle. Travel. Hurting By Speech. Travelling Through Forests and Over Mountains. . A Spear. Urdu Script. Mountain. Emerald. Downward Look. Philosophy. Cruelty. Sharp. North-Eastern. Vulture. Loss Of Appetite. Tending Towards Southwest. Gems. Worshipping God Yama. Revolving The Orders Of Arrest. Wicked Woman. Facing The Southern Quarter. Falsehood. Worn Out. One Without Manliness. Strong At The End Of The Day. Staying Outside. Stupidity. Breathing. Serpent. Sisira Ritu (Winter). Exertion. Knowledge. Life Saving Drugs. Luck. Air. Going Abroad. Indulging In Sex Pleasure. Hunter. Ashes. Arsenal. Belly. Downfall. An Acute Or Sharp Pain. Decorated Vehicle. Pain. Entire Sovereignty. A Big Forest. Fallacious Argument. Sudra. Stone. Reading Of Dreams. Ugly Hair. Boils And The Like Skin Troubles. Dressing Oneself For Amorous Appeals. Gambling. A Vehicle. A Muhurata. Shelter Of Outcast Or Low People. Strong At Twilight. Lead. A Year. Witchcraft. Harsh Words Ketu Worship Of God Chandeeka. A Student Belonging To Another Caste. World Of Serpents. Nobility. Salvation. Old Age. Worshipper Of Goddess Durga. Wandering In Rugged Places. Telling Lies. Wound. One Representing The Father. Bathing In The Holy Ganges. All Sorts Of Luxuries. Friendship With The Wicket. Enlargement Of Spleen. Cruel-Hearted Rahu Umbrella. Crippled. Tendons And Muscles. Kingdom. Conferring Of Prosperity. Unrighteous Conduct. Wickedness. A Turk. Long Standing Distress. Cock. Iron. Observing Silence As A Fast. Wind. The Tamas Guna. Perplexity. Cohabitation With Quadrupeds. Sharp. Dirty Clothes And House. Bone. Wandering. Gathering. Alarm. Painful Swelling. Phlegm. A Blanket. Wicked Mind. Great Prowess. Eye Sore. Hunger. Long. Oil.