Bṛhaspati (Sanskrit: बृहस्पति, often written as Brihaspati or Bruhaspati) is a Hindu god described as being of yellow or golden color and holding the following divine attributes: a stick, a lotus and beads. He presides over Thursday.
According to the Mahabharata, sage Brihaspati was the son of Angiras. Some Puranas note him to be the son of Agni, the fire god. He was noted to be the guru of the 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.
Brihaspati's other son Kacha was assigned to learn the Sanjivani mantra from Shukracharya, the guru of the asuras. The mantra could bring the dead back to life, and hence the gods sent Kacha to learn it. While there as a student, Shukracharya's daughter Devayani fell in love with him. But Kacha refused her love, having come to think of her as his sister. As a result of his rejection, he was cursed by Devayani.
Brihaspati is also noted to have taught the asuras for ten years by impersonating Shukracharya.