Karaka means significator in Sanskrit. In Western astrology the word is ruler. The Sun is Karaka (signiifcator) in house 1 and 9 The Moon is Karaka in house 4. karaka 1 {as} m. a watervessel (esp. one used by students or ascetics) a species of bird hand (?) N. of several plants (the pomegranate tree , Pongamia Glabra , Butea Frondosa , Bauhinia Variegata , Mimusops Elengi , Capparis Aphylla) a cocoa-nut shell ({as} , {am}) m. n. a cocoa-nut shell hollowed to form a vessel ; As}) m. pl.N. of a people ({am}) n. fungus , mushroom ({ikA}) f. a wound caused by a finger-nail