The ardent devotee of Lord Shiva is Lord Brihaspati who is the son of priest of Devas, the Maharishi Angira. Lord Brihaspati prayed to Lord Shiva very devoutly at PrabhasTirth. Pleased by the devotion of Brihaspati, Lord Shankar included him in the Devas family and blessed him with the position of ‘Priest of Devas’.
Brihaspati commonly known as Guru or Jupiter is positioned after sun and regarded as second mighty planet. Worshipping Lord Brihaspati wards of ones sins provides strength to that person, longevity, improves the illness related to stomach and provides valour. Lord Brihaspati when pleased, bless with children to childless, improve the education prospects.
Planet of benefice is Jupiter or Brihaspati and is regarded as one of the most helpful, auspicious and generous planet. Wisdom, philosophy and benevolence are some of the characteristics of a person with strong Jupiter. Astrological placement of Jupiter in the horoscope of some people is good and sometimes it’s bad, resulting in low dignity and no prosperity in life.
Indicator of good fortune Jupiter also signifies fame, spirituality, luck, wealth, morality, religion, children, lawyers, devotion, meditation and leaders in government. Afflicted Brihaspati or Guru is the cause of skin problems, heart diseases, frail nerves, blood impurities, misbalance in mind and higher sexual urges.
People with Jupiter dominant horoscope grow fat with progress of age and life. Their opulence increases and most common ailment related to Jupiter is Diabetes. To ward off evil effects of Jupiter one should offer prayers to Lord. To appease Lord Brihaspati, Thursday is the day of worshipping him, starting from any Thursday. There is a guru mantra that should be chanted properly on Thursday after performing the morning duties. Mantra should be chanted facing the north-east direction this will reduce the bad effects of bad placed Jupiter in one’s horoscope. One should read or listen to the Brihaspatikatha loudly in the evening. After offering prayers one can break the fast by eating simple food.
The mantra is: Aum Hreem Kleem Hoom Brihaspataye Namah
Observing fast on Thursday, Lord Brihaspati grants wishes of his devotees and increases their prosperity and learning. Prayer should be offered to Lord Brihaspati in a directed manner, after hearing or reading the Katha. Yellow is the colour for Lord Brihaspati and one should preferably wear that colour while offering prayers or otherwise too on Thursday for wellness. One should use yellow sandalwood too. If fasting on Thursday, food can be consumed once a day in evening preferably after doing the rituals. Avoid using salt in food on Thursday. While offering prayers, meal should contain yellow Moongdal or skinned ChanaDal.
When devotees perform fast to please Lord Brihaspati, they are blessed with protection by Lord himself from various difficulties and tribulations. Lord Brihaspati gives guidance to his ardent followers to move on right path in life. Yellow sapphire or yellow topaz also called as ‘Pukhraj’ is one of the costly stones suggested to wear as a remedy whenever Jupiter is malefic in one’s horoscope.