You may notice we recite in Apara Karma,
‘Yogascha karananchaiva Sarvam Vishnu Mayam Jagat’
Everything ,including the Yoga and Karana is filled with Vishnu /is Vishnu.
Karanas are a part of Hindu Almanac, and is half the Thithi,like Prathamai,Astami…
They are: 1) BALA, 2) BAALAVA, 3) KAULAVA, 4) TAITIL, 5) GARA, 6) VANIJA, 7) VISHTI, 8) SHAKUNI, 9) CHATUSHPADA, 10) NAAGA, 11) KINSTUGHNA.
The first 7 of these Karanas are movable (Chara) i.e. it cannot be predetermined as to on which dates, these are going to occur, but the last 4 Karanas are fixed (Sthira), and hence can be predetermined.
VISHTIKARANA is also called ‘Bhadra’ and commencing any work during this time is prohibited. Bhadra is marked very clearly in every panchanga..
. A karana is the time required for the angular distance between the sun and the moon to increase in steps of 6° starting from 0°. There are eleven karanas in total. Of the eleven karanas, four are fixed and occurs only once in a cycle. The remaining 7 karanas repeat eight times to cover the remaining 56 steps.
Click the following Link to calculate the Karana for any day.
* I shall be posting on how the five components of the day influence one’s life