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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) 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.[1]

Sage Brihaspati[edit]

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.[2]

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.[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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