A Panchang Karana is based on the Lunar day of Tithi. There are 30 days in a lunar month, so it gives rise to 60 Karanas in a month. So, technically a Karana is half of a Tithi and is considered as complete only when the difference between the location of Sun and Moon crosses a multiple of 6-degrees.

People consider it important for centuries and refer to the Panchang to understand its presence and effects.  Even Hindus refer to the Panchang for all important decisions and as a valuable guide to life’s occasions.

Types of Karana in Astrology

There are 11 Karanas in total namely: Bhav, Balav, Kaulav, Gar, Tailtil, Vanij and Vishti, Shakuni, Chatushpad, Nag, and Kimstugna 

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 The Karanas are categorized into two groups:


  • Moveable Karanas (Char)
  • Fixed Karanas (Sthira)
Out of these 11 Karanas, 7 are moveable Karanas, while the rest 4 fall in the category of Sthira Karana. The underlying difference between the two is that moveable karanas occur at different times during the Moon cycle, while the 4 fixed karanas are always in the same place in the cycle.


Let’s check out the list of various Karanas as per the Tithis:

Table of Karanas within Thithis

The following chart will help you to find out the Karana from the Thithi.

1st Karana 2nd Karana
Kimstugna Bava
Balava Kaulava
Taitila Gara
Vanija Vishti
Bava Balava
Kaulava Taitila
Gara Vanija
Vishti Bava
Balava Kaulava
Taitila Gara
Vanija Vishti
Bava Balava
Kaulava Taitila
Gara Vanija
Vishti Bava


Balava Kaulava
Taitila Gara
Vanija Vishti
Bava Balava
Kaulava Taitila
Gara Vanija
Vishti Bava
Balava Kaulava
Taitila Gara
Vanija Vishti
Bava Balava
Kaulava Taitila
Gara Vanija
Vishti Shakuni
Chatushpada Naga




How Different Karanas Impact Your Personality

Each yoga and Karana in astrology has its significance. Even Vedic astrology states that uttering the Karanas helps you get your desires fulfilled.

So, let’s take a quick peek into how different Karanas affect your overall personality:


  • Kimstugna Karana


People born in this Karana are known to be lucky, and lead a wealthy lifestyle. They love doing charitable work that gives them every type of contentment in life. Ruled by Kubera (the God of Wealth), the Kimstugna Karana falls on the Shukla Paksha Pratipada (1st Waxing Moon Phase) and results in Vaisvadeva yoga, which is known to be the best Karana for doing any task. The individual of this Karana might be bereft of pleasures and live in loneliness.


  • Shakuni Karana


These people are inclined towards law and justice and are great at resolving conflicts. Their cleverness makes them the perfect mediator and capable of terminating a quarrel. The Shakuni Karana in astrology category of individuals are ruled by Garuda (eagle) and thus are proactive at work, patient in disposition, are born intelligent and have specialization in the study of omens.


  • Chatushpada Karana


People born in this Karana are active and mighty. They know how to respect educated people and show immense love for animals. With the power of their love, they can even diagnose animals with diseases, prescribe medicines allowing them to become successful animal doctors.

Being ruled by deity Vrishabha (Bull), the Chatushpada Karana falls on Amavasya (New Moon) and is fit for vanquishing enemies through Tantric methods. Professionally, people who’re involved in business related to cattle or Tarpanam (the act of offering made to divine entities) may get more successful.


  • Naga Karana


These individuals possess great knowledge of minerals, metals, and are attached to their work. Their life may seem full of struggles and problems and only their hard work and determination can help them climb the ladder of success. Their ruling deity is Naga (a deified form of serpents) and hence they love protecting (or breeding) snakes. It’s also said that natives born in the Naga Karana may get easily irritated.


  • Bava Karana


Individuals born in the Bava Karana of astrology are liberal, rich and happy. They are spiritual by nature and give their 100% commitment to all tasks assigned to them. Ruled by Vishnu (the preserver), the individuals in this Karana are fit for all kinds of work irrespective if it’s a temporary job or a permanent, stable one.


  • Balava Karana


Balava Karana folks are similar to Bava Karana because they are highly spiritual. Ruled by Brahma (the God of creation), people born in the Balava Karana have the understanding of auspicious Sanskaras of the Brahmanas. Their inclination towards spirituality allows them to go on more pilgrimage tours and spend time in religious activities. The people in this Karana are bold, fortunate, and playful by nature.


  • Kaulava Karana


Ruled by Chandra (the Moon), these people are suited for all types of work (stable and freelance both) and are usually great for friendships. They are very secretive and fickle-minded. People born in the Kaulava Karana are great at amusing others, but their indulgence in unrighteous deeds might keep them bereft of happiness. Other than being friendly, they are also known for their loving and caring nature. 


  • Taitila Karana


People in this Karana are ruled by Indra (the Lord of Heaven) and are the best fit for government jobs. They are also lucky, live a wealthy lifestyle and become a possessor of buildings and properties. Love plays an important role in their life, they are firm and fierce in their attitude, and are also adventurous and heroic.


  • Gara Karana


People born in the Gara Karana are experts in the science of mantras, might be physically weak, and achieve their goals through hard work and efforts. Their ruling deity is Vasudeva and they are the best fit for animal husbandry jobs, dairy/fodder trade, and/or in the construction of houses, buildings, etc. 


  • Vanija Karana


It’s ruling deity is Manibhadra (the chief of Yakshas) and people who’re born in the Vanija Karana are usually smart, bright and good at trading. They have extensive knowledge in business activities, are best suited for sale transactions and the ability helps them attain prosperity.



  • Vishti Karana


Vishti Karana is also known as “Bhadra” and is usually avoided by everyone during auspicious activities. If someone has Vishti Karana in their kundli, it’s believed that they have a distrustful character and might get involved in immoral deeds. Their negative influence makes them appropriate for destructive activities like attacking an enemy, kidnapping, etc.

Ruled by Mrityu, people born in the Vishti Karana are known to be cruel, adventurous, and fierce by nature, and will likely excel in all their undertakings.


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