GURU - THE JUPITER
The planet Jupiter in Vedic astrology
is known as GURU, BRIHASPATI, and DEVAGURA. In Sanskrit
these names mean, "teacher, lord of light, and teacher to
Jupiter is a 1st rate benefice planet, generally
considered to be the most auspicious of the planets. He
rules over the two sidereal signs of Sagittarius and
Pisces. He is exalted in the sign of Cancer and fallen in
the opposite sign of Capricorn. Where
the Sun is known as Atman, or the soul, Jupiter is known
as JIVA, the consciousness of the soul representing the
individuality of self.
Where Venus is a Brahmin and follows the Brigu lineage of
Brahmin sages, Jupiter is also a Brahmin and follows the
Angiras lineage of Brahmin sages.
Jupiter's epithets are sacred and many: "Lord of sacred
speech", "Lord of power", "Guru of the Gods", "reader of
minds" and "beloved by the Gods".
Jupiter is a karaka or indicator of
fortune, wealth, fame, luck, devotion and faith,
spirituality, charity, morality, meditation, mantra,
children, magistrates, ministers, lawyers and leaders in
government and religion. Jupiter represents sacred
scripture, wisdom, benevolence and philosophy.
Jupiter's most favored position is in the first. He does
well both in the Kendra's and Angles, and the auspicious
Trikonal Houses. His nature is KAPHA,
or watery. His gemstone is Yellow Sapphire or Yellow Topaz
and his metal is Gold. Jupiter's direction is Northeast
and his day is Thursday. As a benefice planet he reaches
full maturity the earliest of the 9 grahas at age 16.
Worship of BRIHASPATI or GURU
(JUPITER) Devata results in a cure from ailments affecting
the stomach and helps one to ward off his/her sins, helps
him/her in gaining strength, valor, longevity etc.
He grants the boon of father-hood to the childless, good
education (Vidya). He is revered as the Guru of Devas,
protector of the world and is considered SRESHTA
(matchless) among the wise.
Kind-hearted he is considered the Loka Guru and dispenser
of justice and can be known only by a proper study of the
Vedas. Thursdays are considered to be the best day
for the worship of Jupiter. The legend that depict the
influence of the worship of BRIHASPATI goes as follows,
and is narrated whenever a worship or offering is made to
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There was a
certain king who had seven sons and their wives. Two
Brahmins used to come there to beg alms but the wives
returned them, empty handed. Therefore Jupiter deity was
displeased with them, which affected adversely the
prosperity and wealth of the king. When there was
devastation in the kingdom and the king neared poverty,
the youngest wife sought excuse from the Brahmins and
started giving them alms but still the elder six denied
alms to the Brahmins. The youngest wife asked the Brahmins
the remedy for getting over the bad days. The Brahmins
advised to keep a fast for Brihaspati to feed Brahmins. If
anyone' s husband has gone to a foreign country, then that
woman should make two human figures behind the door; that
would result in early safe return of the husband. If the
family is stricken with poverty then those figures should
be made on a box.
The king's seven sons had already gone on a foreign tour.
The youngest wife observed the ritual as advised. Her
husband had gone to a place, the king of which died. The
king had no son. To find a suitable successor, a garland
was hung on the horn of a female elephant so that
whosoever is garlanded by it, he shall be the king as per
the tradition of that kingdom. The elephant went all
around and ultimately put the garland round youngest son's
neck. He became the king. He searched for his brothers,
but in vain for the sake of public welfare, the new king
decided to construct a tank. Thousands of laborers were
engaged, among whom his brothers also came. He called all
of them took them to his palace and all started living
peacefully. The worship and alms by the youngest wife
brought prosperity back to the family. Then all other
wives also started Brihaspati fast and worship. No one was
ever refused alms by them, anymore.