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God of planet Jupiter and teacher of the gods
Devanagari बृहस्पति
Affiliation Graha and Guru of the Devas
Planet Jupiter
Mantra Om Rim Guru e Namah, Namo Gurube
Consort Tara
Mount Elephant/chariot drawn by eight horses

Bṛhaspati (Sanskrit: बृहस्पति, often written as Brihaspati or Bruhaspati) also known as Deva-guru (guru of the gods) and Chakshas, is a Hindu[how?] god and a Vedic deity.[how?] He is considered the personification of piety and religion, and the chief 'offerer of prayers and sacrifices to the gods' (Sanskrit: Purohita), with whom he intercedes on behalf of humankind.[citation needed]

He is the guru of the Devas (gods) and the nemesis of Shukracharya, the guru of the Danavas (demons).[citation needed] He is also known as Ganapati (leader of the group [of planets]), and Guru (teacher), the god of wisdom and eloquence.[citation needed]

He is described as of yellow or golden color and holding the following divine attributes: a stick, a lotus and beads. He presides over 'Guru-var' or Thursday.[1]

Sage Brihaspati[edit]

According to Mahabharata, sage Brihaspati was son of Angiras. Some Puranas note him to be son of Agni, the fire god. He was noted to be the guru of Gods. He was married to Tara, who was later abducted by Chandra. Tara bore a son, Budha from her abductor Chandra. After the war between Brihaspati and Chandra, Tara returned to her husband.[2] Brihaspati's another son Kacha was assigned to learn the Sanjivani mantra from Shukracharya, the guru of asuras. The mantra could bring back life in a dead and hence gods sent Kacha to learn it. There as a student, Shukracharya's daughter Devayani, fell in love with Kacha. Brihaspati is also noted to have taught asuras for ten years impersonating as Shukracharya.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Coleman, Charles. Mythology of the Hindus, p. 133
  2. ^ George Mason Williams (2003). Handbook of Hindu Mythology. ABC-CLIO. p. 91. ISBN 1576071065. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 
  3. ^ Dalal, Roshan (2014). The Religions of India: A Concise Guide to Nine Major Faiths. Penguin UK. ISBN 8184753969. Retrieved 17 July 2015. 

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