Brihat Samitha 100-107
– 100 –
On the Qualities of the Karanas
1The lords of the seven moveable Karanas wiz. Bava, Balava, Kaulava, Taitila, Gam, Vanik, and Vishti are in their order, Indra, Brahman, Mitra, Aryaman, Bhu (the Earth), Sri and Yama.
2The fixed or Karanas, viz, Sakuni, Chaturfipada, Naga and Kimstughna begin from the latter half of the 14th day of the dark fortnight and are presided over by Kali, Vrisha, Phanin (serpent) and Maruta (wind) respectively.
3-4One should do in Bava auspiciouc temporary, permanent and health-producing things; in Balava, religious or meritorious acts, and things that are beneficial to Brahmins; in Kaulava, things based on love, and choosing friends; in Taitila, things leading to populate, taking shelter, and affairs connected with house; in Gara cultivation of lands, things pertaining to seeds, house and shelter; in Vanik, long-standing affairs, trading and association. Nothing done in Vishti leads to beneficial results, but attacking enemy, administering poison: and such other things do succeed.
5In Sakuni, tonics, medicines, herbs (roots) and spells become fruitful; in Chatushpath, things relating to cows. Brahmins, Manes, and political matters; in Naga, works of long-standing nature, cruel deeds, taking things by force and hateful things; in Kimstughna, meritorious deeds, sacrifices, energy-producing things auspicious ceremonies and those that promote the above things.
6When benefics are posited in the 11th and the 3rd houses, when an auspicious sign is rising and is without the association of malefics and Jupiter is in the Lagna, the boring of the ear-lobes may done, provided the Moon is posited in any one of the asterisms Pushya, Mrigasira, Chitra, Sravana and Revati.
7-8Marriages may be solemnized in the asterisms, Rohini, the .three Uttaras, Revati, Mrigasira, Mula, Anuradha, Magha, Hasta and Swati ; when Mithuna, Kanya or Tula is rising; when the benefics are posited in Bhavas other than the 7th, the 8th and the 12th; when the Moon is in the 2nd, 3rd, or Uth house from the Lagna; when the malefics are in the 3rd, 6th, 8th and 11th houses, and when Venus is not in the 6th, and Mars, not in the 8th. It should also be noted that the Janma Rasis of the bride and the bridegroom are not 2nd and 12th, 5th and 9th, or 6th and 8th from each other (i.e., they may be in opposition, 3rd and 11th, the same Rasi, or 4th and 10th), that the Sun and the Moon for the bridegroom and the bride respectively are favourable in their Gochara (Transit), that the Moon is not in conjunction with the Sun, Mars, Saturn or Venus (she may be in conjunction with Jupiter or Mercury or both), that she is not hemmed in between malefics, that the day chosen is without Vyatipata or Vaidhriti, or Vishti, or is not a Rikta-Tithi, that the day is presided over by a benefic planet, that the season chosen is the northern solstice, that the month is any one but Chaitra and Pousha, (even in Dakshinayana the month of Kartika and Margasira are to be adopted), and that the rising Navamsa is owned by a biped sign.