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By Swami Harshanananda

Sometimes transliterated as: Karya, KArya, Kaarya

Kārya literally means ‘that which is done’.

Kārya is a widely used word and has several senses. It is associated with the word ‘kāraṇa’ (cause) and means the effect. For instance, if clay is the kāraṇa, pot is its kārya or effect.

Some of the other senses in which it is used are:

  • Work
  • Conduct
  • Utility
  • Profession
  • Duty

The word kārya is also used in a more technical sense in astrology and legal works.


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore