Thursday is dedicated to him. He is the second god from the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu, Mahesh. Mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu are powerful and effective. Thursdays are governed by the planet Jupiter. Jupiter is known as Brihaspati. In Sanskrit, he is also called guru.
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He has a strange story of his birth. However she repented for her mistake and was able to regain the favor of Angiraa. Angiraa then gave life to the child, who was then named Brihaspati. Brihaspati had two wives - Shubh and Taaraa.
Hs first wife Shubh gave birth to 7 daughters - Bhaanumatee, Raakaa, Archishmatee, Mahaamatee, Mahishmatee, Sineevaalee, and Havishmatee; his second wife Taaraa gave birth to 7 sons and one daughter. When he had Mamataa, Mamataa was already pregnant. As he tried to impregnate her, her child in her womb protested, but Brihaspati cursed him for his objection that he should be born with utter darkness.
Both Brihaspati and Mamataa did not take care of the child so they abandoned him there only. Maruts found him, named him as Bharadwaaj, and brought him up. He was later adopted by King Dushyant. Brihaspati attained his position as the preceptor of the Devtaa by performing penances on the banks of Prabhaas Teerth. Lord Shiv granted him this position, as well as his position as one of the Nava Grahas nine planets. Brihaspati in Jyotish In Jyotish Hindu astrology , Brihaspati is the name for the planet Jupiter, which is one of the Nava Graha cosmic influencers or planets.
It is also known as Guru, Kuraa and Devaguru. Brihaspati is considered to be the greatest benefic of any of the planets. Yellow colored items, like yellow cloth, Moong Daal, Chanaa Daal, jaggry etc, are considered associated with Brihaspati: his color is yellow, metal is gold and gemstone is yellow topaz. The season associated with him is winter snow , direction is north-east and element is ether or space. Brihaspati also represents the balance of past Karm, religion, philosophy, knowledge and issues relating to offspring.
He is concerned with education, teaching and the dispensation of knowledge. Humans with Jupiter dominating in their horoscope could grow fat as life progresses and their empire and prosperity increases; and diabetes is an ailment directly related to Jupiter. According to traditional Hindu astrology, worship or propitiation of Brihaspati or Guru Jupiter results in cure from ailments affecting the stomach and helps ward off sins.
Brihaspati is a Kaarak or indicator of fortune, wealth, fame, luck, devotion and faith, spirituality, charity, morality, meditation, Mantra, children, Magistrates, ministers, lawyers, leaders in government and religion.
He represents wisdom, benevolence and philosophy. His most favored position in a chart is 1st House, but he does well both in the Kendra and Angles and the auspicious Trikon Houses. As a benefic planet, he reaches full maturity at the earliest of the Nine Grahas - at the age of Worship of Brihaspati results in a cure for ailments affecting the stomach and helps one to ward off his sins, helps him in gaining strength, valor and longevity etc.
He grants the boon of fatherhood to the childless, and good education. He should be worshipped on Thursdays. The following story goes whenever he is worshipped -- Story to be Told on Thursday There lived a King who had 7 sons and their wives. Two Braahmans used to come to them to beg the alms from them, but the wives used to return them empty handed.
Therefore Brihaspati Dev got angry with them, so he took all wealth from the King. When poverty reigned all over the kingdom, the youngest wife sought forgiveness of those Braahman and started giving them alms. But the elder 6 wives still denied alms to them. The youngest wife asked the Braahman the remedy to getting over their bad days. The Braahman advised her to keep fast on Thursdays and feed Braahman. If the family is stricken with poverty then these figures should be made on a box.
Her husband had gone to a country whose king had died. The King had no son. So after his death his people were looking for a successor. To find a suitable successor, they hung a garland on the horn of a female elephant.
Now he became the king of that country. He searched for his brothers but in vain. He had to build a tank for his people, so he engaged thousands of laborers.
Among them were his brothers also. He called all of them, took them to his palace and all started living peacefully.
बृहस्पतिवार व्रत कथा
Vasudavaye Dhimahi Tanno Vishnu Prachodayat". In the solar system, Guru, Brihaspati or Jupiter as his popularly known occupies the second largest position after the Sun. Jupiter is revered as celestial preceptor of the Gods. He grants the boon of fatherhood to the childless, good education. Thursdays are considered to be the best day for the worship of Jupiter. Following is the katha story which is recited by the devotee, who is fasting and praying to Brihaspati Dev on Thursdays -- Once Lord Indra, surrounded by many gods, Rishis, Kinnaras and Gondharvas sat on his throne in a proud mood. As guru Brihaspati reached there all of them except Indra stood up to pay respect.
गुरूवार व्रत की विधि और व्रत कथा- Bhraspativar (Guruvar) Vrat Katha
Such people suffer at both personal and professional front. To appease Lord Brihaspati or Jupiter people observe fast on Thursdays. Fast observed on Thursday gives the person power to improve his health and strengthen his financial condition. Prayers are offered by people to BrihaspatiMahadev after reading Kathaa in the evening which completes the fast. Fast on Thursday can be kept for life time. But people generally wish for 7, 11, 21, 40, 48, 51 or times of fasting.