Tales of Brihaspati Vrat Katha are of great importance for the ones who perform Brihaspati Puja regularly. Brihaspati Vrat Katha is basically a story that unveils the importance of Brihaspati Vrat and Brihaspati Puja in one’s life. So read the below mentioned Brihaspati Vrat Katha that is been translated for your convenience in English.
It is a story of ancient times – There was a king who was very powerful and munificent he use to observe fast on every Thursday and offer worships. This was something his Queen detested very much neither she observed fasts nor did she give a single paisa in charity. She used to forbid the king also from doing so. Once it so happened that the king went to the forest to hunt wild game, there were only the Queen and her maids in the palace. Meanwhile, Guru Brihaspati donned in the disguise of a saint, came to the palace to collect alms. When the saint asked the Queen to give alms she said. “O Saint! I am fed up of making charities tell me some way by means of which all this wealth comes to an end and I may live comfortably”. Brihaspati God in disguise of saint said “O Devi you are very strange is there anyone on earth to whom children and wealth become the cause of their plight? If you have a lot of money you may perform auspicious deeds with it and this will keep you happy in this world and in heaven both”. But the saint’s sermons did not make the queen happy she said “I don’t want such wealth which I may have to give to others in charity or I may have to waste all my time taking care of it”.
The Saint said If this is what you wish, Do as I say, On Thursday’s smear your house with cow dung, apply yellow clay to your hair while washing it and take bath at the same time, take meat and wine during meals, give your clothes to washer man for washing and if you do this for 7 consecutive Thursday’s, all your wealth will be destroyed saying this Brihaspati God in guise of a saint, vanished.
Hardly three consecutive Thursday’s had passed, acting on the advice of the saint that all the wealth of the queen was destroyed. The family began starving. One day the king said to the queen “O Queen! You stay here and let me go to some other country so that I may earn my livelihood engaging myself in ordinary jobs in my own country wont suit my status”. Saying this king set out to some other country. There he began earning his livelihood by cutting firewood from forest and selling these in the town.
The queen and her maids had begun feeling the absence of the king. Once when the queen and her maids had to starve for seven continuous days the queen said to one of her maids “My sister lives in the nearby town she is very wealthy go and bring something from her so that we may manage our meals for a few days”. The maid went to the house of queen’s sister it was Thursday. The queen’s sister was listening to stories related to Brihaspati God the maid conveyed the message to the queen to her but she gave no reply. The maid was greatly aggrieved to get no reply from the queen’s sister she also became very angry. The maid returned and told everything to the queen the helpless as she had become began cursing her fate.
On the other side the queen’s sister thought – “My sister’s maid had come and getting no reply from me, she must have been terribly aggrieved”. So after listening to stories related to Brishaspati God and having offered her worships, she came to the palace of the queen and began saying “O sister! I was observing fast in the worship of Brihaspati God. Meanwhile, your maid happened to come, but since, during the period while one is listening to the stories related to a deity, one is neither supposed to speak nor is one supposed to leave the place of worship. I too had to observe silence. Now please tell me why you had sent your maid to my house”
The queen said “Sister! I had sent my maid to your house because we had nothing to eat” and saying these eyes welled up with tears. She told her sister how she had been starving along with her maids. The queen’s sister said “Look, Brishaspati God fulfills everyone’s wishes go and look inside you may find grains somewhere in your palace”. Hearing this one of the maids went inside to check and found a pitcher full of grains in a corner. The maid was greatly surprised as she had checked all the vessels and pitchers earlier and they were all empty. She came and informed the queen of her finding the maid said to the queen “O queen! In a way we can say that we observe fast when we have nothing to eat so why not inquire from your sister about the method of observing this fast and then we too shall observe fast”.
On the advice of her maid, the queen inquired from her sister about observance of fasts in the worship of Brihaspati God. Her sister said “During observance of fast in worship of Brihaspati God once should offer Gram pulses and raisins to the root of Banana tree and worship Lord Vishnu”/ Take meals prepared with yellow materials and listen to stories related to Brihaspati God. This pleases the deity and he fulfills all wishes”. Having given details of method regarding observance of fasts and offering worships the queen’s sister returned home.
The queen and her maid both decided that they would definitely offer their worships to Brihaspati God, so after seven days they observed fast. They went and collected Grams and Jaggery from the stable and offering gram pulses to root of banana tree. They worshipped Lord Vishnu, Now from where to get meals prepared with yellow materials? They became very sad, but since they had observed the fast, Brihaspati God was pleased with them he came in the guise of a very ordinary person with two platters full of meals made of yellow materials, in his hands. He handed it over to the maid and said “O maid! This is for you and your queen, both of you should take it”. The maid became very happy to get the food; she came and told everything to the queen.
And since then both began observing fasts and offering their worships to Brihaspati God. With the kind blessings of Brihaspati God they began prospering once again. But the queen again became very lethargic like she was before. Then her maid said “Look queen! earlier too you used to be very lethargic and it was a painful job for you to take care of your money and wealth and this is the reason why you lost all your wealth and now when we are prospering again with the blessings of Brihaspati God you are being lazy like earlier times, it is with great difficulty that we have regained our prosperity and so we must make charities now. Now you should give food to the starving, arrange water for thirsty travelers, make charities to the Brahmins arrange construction of wells ponds tanks of water temples and schools for imparting knowledge arrange marriages of unmarried girls. I mean to say that you should start spending for good causes and this will bring name and fame to your family, ensure entitlement to heavenly abode for yourself and your ancestors will also be pleased”.
Acting on the advice of her maid the queen began spending for good causes which earned her a very good name,
One day the queen and her maid began thinking “God knows how the king is and under what circumstances he is surviving” they offered prayers to Brihaspati God with great devotion. “Wherever be the king, may he return the soonest”?
On the other side the king, in a foreign land, was leading a very sad life; he would bring firewood from the forest every day and manage his living with great difficulty by selling it in the market of the town. One day remembering his good old days he became very sad and began weeping,
Just then Brihaspati God in the guise of a saint came and spoke to the king. “O woodcutter why is it that you are sitting alone in this desolate forest? What is it that worries you? Tell me”.
Hearing this kings eyes welled up with tears he offered his situations to the saint and narrated his plight. Saints are very kind at heart he said to the king “O king your wife had committed a crime against Brihaspati God and it is because of that crime that you are undergoing these problems you need not worry now God will give you more than what you possessed earlier Look your wife has already begun observing fasts on Thursdays now you too should take gram pulses and jiggery, put them in a mug full of water and offer to worships to banana tree with it. And after this either narrate the stories related to Brihaspati God or listen to it, God will fulfill all your wishes“.
Hearing he saint speak thus the king said “O Saint it is with great difficulty that I earn my livelihood by selling firewood I am not able to save single paise form my earnings last night I saw my queen in great mental distress in my dream, it’s in no way possible for me to know her wellbeing then apart from this I have no knowledge of any story related to Brihaspati God, How would I narrate the stories?”.
The saint said “O king determine yourself to observe fasts and offer worships to Brihaspati God he himself will lead you Go to the town to sell firewood on Thursdays like other days you will earn twice as much the amount you will earn will be sufficient to buy you meals and material for the worship of Brihaspati God and the story related to Brihaspati God is”
Story related to Brihaspati God
Once there was a very poor Brahmin during ancient times he had no issue he used to worship God everyday but his wife neither took bath in the morning nor did she ever worship any deity owing to this reason the Brahmin used to remain very sad.
With the kind blessings of God a female child was born in his house, the girl began growing gradually, she used to take bath early in the morning and offer he worships to Lord Vishnu she was also observing fasts on Thursdays after offering worships while going to school, she used to carry barley in her fists and scatter the grain on the way, while on her return, the grains of barley used to get transformed into gold, which she used to collect and return home, one day while she was winnowing the barley grains with winnow basket her mother saw her and said “Dear daughter for winnowing golden barley grains the winnow basket should also be made of gold”.
Next day was a Thursday, the girl was observing fast she prayed to Brihaspati God for a golden winnow basket, Brihaspati God decided to respond to her prayer the girl like other days, went to school scattering grains of barley in the way, while on her way back she not only found the grains of barley transformed into gold but she also found a golden winnow basket in the way. She brought it home and began winnowing the barley grains with it. But her mother remains unchanged.
One day, it so happened that while the girl was winnowing barley grains with the golden winnow basket, a prince happened to pass by he lost his heart to the girl to see her peerless beauty, he returned to his palace and stopped taking food and water and lay motionless in his room.
The king when he learnt that the prince had stopped take in food and water, came and enquired from him the reason behind it, the prince told him everything and also gave him address of the girl. The king’s minister went to the house of girl and conveyed the message of the king to the Brahmin and within a few days the marriage of the girl solemnized with the prince.
But as soon as the girl left home to go to her in-law house the Brahmin became poor again. One day, saddened by his poverty, the Brahmin went to meet his daughter, seeing her father the girl enquired the well-being of her mother. The Brahmin told her everything his daughter gave him a lot of money and bade him farewell, but after a few days the Brahmin was once again struggling with poverty the Brahmin again went to his daughter and narrated hi plight. His daughter said “O father bring my mother here I shall tell her how to get rid of poverty”. The Brahmin went back home and returned to his daughter along with his wife. The girl said to her mother “O mother take bath early in the morning and offer worships to Lord Vishnu this will help you get rid of poverty, but the Brahmins wife didn’t care to listen to her daughter instead she used to eat the leftovers of her daughter in the morning”.
One day her daughter became very angry with her she locked her in a room next day she forced her to take bath and offer worships and thus set right.
After this she began worshipping and observing fasts on Thursday’s religiously. The effect of observing this fast was such that she went to heaven after death. The Brahmin enjoyed every prosperity in this mortal world and went to heaven after death and thus having narrated this story the saint vanished.
Gradually time rolled on the next day Thursday when the king went to town to sell firewood, he earned more than what he used to earn earlier the king bought grams and Jaggery from the market and observed fast. From that day he began living happily his bad days were gone but on next Thursday he forgot to observe fast this displeased Brihaspati God.
On that day the king of the town had arranged Yagna at a very large scale he had invited all his subjects to his palace to have meals and had announced that no one should cook meals at home and even found disobeying his orders shall be subjected to capital punishment.
As per the royal orders of the king all his subjects came to the palace to have their meals but the woodcutter arrived late the king took him inside while the king was serving meals to the woodcutter the queen noticed that her necklace was missing which she had hung by the peg in the wall the queen thought that it was the woodcutter who had stolen her necklace, and so she called out to her soldiers and got him imprisoned.
The woodcutter began thinking in the prison, what crime I must have committed in my early life to reach this end and he began remembering the saint whom he had met in the forest Brihaspati God appeared to him in the guise of a saint and began saying “O fool you are suffering thus only because you did not either listen to the stories or tell the stories related to Brihaspati God all right you need not worry now on Thursday you will find 4 paise lying at door of prison offer your worships to Brihaspati God and all your problems will be over”.
The woodcutter did get 4 paise lying at door of the prison on Thursday he arranged to get materials for the worship with that money and narrated the story of Brihaspati God to those present there. The same night Brihaspati God appeared to the king of the town in his dream and said “O King the person you have incarcerated is innocent free him tomorrow”, the king when he woke up early next morning saw the necklace hanging by the peg he sent for the woodcutter and begged his forgiveness and giving him lots of beautiful clothes and jewels he bid him farewell.
As per the instructions of the saint the woodcutter (King) set out to his town he was greatly surprised when he reached near his town he noticed more gardens ponds wells houses for pilgrims and temples than existed before on enquiry the king was informed that all these were built by the queen and her maid, the king was taken by surprise and was greatly angered also thinking “Where from did the queen get so much money in his absence that she got so many new building erected”.
On the other side when the queen heard that the king was returning home she said to her maid “O maid the king had left us in a very Pitiable condition see that the king does not get confused and go back to see us under changed circumstances so go and stand by the entrance of the palace”. Obeying the orders of the queen the maid went and stood by the entrance of the palace and brought the king in when he arrived then the king pulled out his sword angrily and began enquiring tell me where did you get all this money from”. Then the queen narrated the whole sequence of happenings.
The king decided that he would observe fasts every day and narrate the stories of Brihaspati God three times a day. Now the king used to have Gram pulses tied in the corner of this scarf all the time and used to tell stories related to Brihaspati God three times in a day.
One day the king thought of paying visit to the house of his sister he set out to her house riding his horse he saw on the way, some people carrying a dead body, the king stopped them and said “O Brothers! Listen to the story of Brihaspati God and then go”. They said “Look at him we are already saddened by death of our kinsman and he wants to tell us a story” but some of them said “alright tell us story we shall listen to it”.
The king took out the gram pulses and began narrating the story he hardly narrated half the story and the dead men began showing signs of life and by the time the story completed the dead man regained his life and stood up uttering the name of Lord Rama.
The king continued his journey and around evening time he saw a farmer sloughing his field the king offered to tell him the story of Brihaspati God but the farmer declined his offer.
The king kept moving but meanwhile the oxen of the farmer suddenly fell and fainted and the farmer was struck with stomach ache just then the farmer’s wife came with meals for her husband and son. She was shocked to see the farmer and oxen in such pitiable condition. On enquiry her son explained everything in detail the farmer’s wife went running to the horseman and said “I shall listen to your story please come to our field and tell the story there”. The king returned to the farmer’s field and narrated the story with the result the oxen returned from faint and the farmer too became absolutely normal.
And thus the king arrived at the house of his sister his sister extended every hospitality in the welcome of her brother next day when the king woke up he saw everyone busy taking meals the king asked his sister “Is there anyone who has not yet taken meals? At least I can narrate the story of Brihaspati God to him”. The sister said “Brother this country is very strange here people are used to taking meals before getting to their jobs”.
Then she went to the house of a potter whose son was ill she found that no one in the house had eaten anything for three days she said “Would you like to hear sacred stories from my brother?” The potter agreed.
The king came and narrated the sacred stories of Brihaspati God, hearing which the potter’s son became alright. Everyone began praising the king for his kind act. One day the king said to his sister “O sister I would like to return home now, you too get ready”. The king’s sister went to take permission from her mother in law. He mother in law said “All right you may go but don’t take your sons along as your brother has no issue the king’s sister said to the king O brother I shall of course accompany you but my sons wont”. Hearing this king became very sad and returned home alone without take in his sister along.
The king narrated this sad story to the queen and went inside and lied down. The queen O Lord Brihaspati God has given us everything he will bless us with a child also. The same night Brihaspati God appeared to the king in his dreams and said to him “Open your eyes O king forget all your worries your queen is on the family way”. The king was only too pleased to get such good news in his dream.
The wishes of anyone who observes the fast in the worship of Brihaspati God with a clan heart or offers worships to him are fulfilled in the same manner like the queen and the king had their wishes fulfilled related to stories of the deity. Never every ignore Brihaspati God even unknowingly. And even ignoring Brihaspati God loses his peace of mind and all his happiness, so everyone should make sure to take Prasad after listening to the sacred stories and then depart. Remember him in the heart and wish him victory.