Why is Thursday Fast, Brihaspati Vrat Essential?
What is Thursday?
Thursday is one of the seven days of the week. Thursday falls between Wednesday and Friday. Thursday is regarded as the 4th day in the workweek considering Monday as the 1st working day of the week. Some consider Thursday as the 5th day of the week, where Sunday is regarded as the 1st day of the week. In some parts of the world, especially in the middle-east, Thursday-Friday is regarded as the weekend, however now commonly Friday-Saturday is regarded as the weekend in these regions.
Like every day of the week is dedicated to a particular celestial body in our solar system, and also some deities, Thursday is dedicated to Jupiter. Thursday is the Greek day of Zeus, in Latin – Thursday is the day of Jupiter, in Norse mythology, God Thor is linked with Jupiter. Among Hindus, Lord Brihaspati is worshipped, and Thursday is dedicated to Lord Brihaspati.
How did the name Thursday come into existence?
The name Thursday can be traced back to ancient times. It came into being as Thor’s Day. Thor is the Germanic God, a deity with an invincible and powerful hammer. However, in other languages and cultures also, Thursday is linked with Jupiter and deities of the respective regions.
Thursday is called Guruvar or Brihaspativar in Hindi, in German – Donnerstag, Lovis in Latin, Jeudi in French, Jeuves in Spanish etc; where Latin word Lovi means Jupiter. German word Donner means thunder, and Thor is associated with thunder, huge, powerful etc, and also called the God of thunder. Thursday is called both Brihaspativar and Guruvar in Hindi. Brihaspativar as above related to Lord Brihaspati and Guruvar relates to Guru, Guru meaning Jupiter.
Why is the Brihaspati or Guruvar Vrat, Thursday Fast significant?
For Hindus and Muslims, Thursdays are auspicious days for fasting; though natives also observe Monday fasts, and other days as well according to their planets and deities, as advised by Priests or Astrologers.
Many natives observe the Brihaspati or Guruvar Vrat, Thursday Fast for the auspiciousness and favorability of planet Jupiter.
Jupiter, the largest planet, and the 5th planet from the Sun, is associated with words like teacher, Guru, divine grace, directional strength, thinking, learning, high intellect, philosophy, knowledge, spiritual wisdom, moral values, giant, massive, expansion, growth, development, progress, big, creativity, ideology, long-distance travel, judge, wealth, marital bliss, happiness etc.
Who should keep the Brihaspati Vrat or Guruvar, Thursday Fast?
Natives, especially with weak, ill-placed or inauspiciously positioned in the horoscope birth chart, Janam Kundli, are advised to observe Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast by Priests or Astrologers.
What are some of the ways to observe the Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast?
Some of the ways to observe the Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast are:
• A native should wake up early on Thursdays, bathe and keep the surroundings clean
• Yellow-colored items, such as yellow dal-grams, yellow rice, bananas etc should be donated on Thursdays, especially to the poor or needy
• Yellow flowers can be offered at the temple on Thursdays
• Yellow-colored or shades of yellow-colored clothes can be worn on Thursdays
• The Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast should be kept for a continuous 16 Thursdays non-stop without break, i.e., for continuous 16 weeks minimum
• Generally, natives observing strict Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast do not wash their head-hair on Thursday
• Some get neither hair-cut done nor cut their nails
• Consumption of alcohol and non-vegetarian is forbidden, not allowed
When should a native begin to keep the Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast?
The Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast can be started on any Thursday, however starting the Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast on the first Thursday of Shukla Paksha is considered auspicious. Shukla Paksha is the rising-waxing phase of the moon in the lunar month’s fortnight. This period is best reflected in a lunar calendar, or can be consulted with a Priest or Astrologer.
How are Astrology and Brihaspati Vrat, Thursday Fast connected?
As above, Thursday is dedicated to the planet Jupiter. Jupiter is one of the most important and auspicious celestial bodies in Astrology. Jupiter is part of NavGraha. As above, an auspicious Jupiter can favor a native in features like blessings of teacher Guru, and bring about divine grace, directional strength, thinking, learning, high intellect, philosophy, knowledge, spiritual wisdom, moral values, giant, massive, expansion, growth, development, progress, big, creativity, ideology, long-distance travel, judge, wealth, happiness etc.
In Astrology, Jupiter rules two signs, Sagittarius and Pisces, and Houses 9th and 12th. The Astrology color of Jupiter is yellow. Yellow sapphire is the gemstone for Jupiter. Jupiter is considered an auspicious, graceful and favorable planet. Jupiter is friends with the Sun, moon and Mars; Jupiter is enemies-opponents with Mercury and Venus; and Jupiter is neutral with its neighboring planet Saturn. The MahaDasha, major period of Jupiter in any native’s life is 16 years.
A Mantra for Jupiter is -
Om Guruve Namah
ॐ गुरुवे नमः
A Mantra for Lord Brihaspati is -
Om Ain Shreen Brihaspataye Namah
ॐ ऐं श्रीं बृहस्पतये नम:
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Date Published : 13 Aug 2019