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Guru, planet Jupiter is the 5th planet from the Sun and is the largest in the solar system. His energy is masculine and is considered as one of the most benefic planets. The presiding deity is Lord Dhakshinamoorthy. Jupiter governs the zodiac signs Sagittarius and Pisces and rules the stars Punarvasu , Vishakha and Purvabhadra. He takes one year to navigate through each zodiac sign and he takes 12 years to navigate through all 12 signs.
Guru, Jupiter is known by several names like Brihaspati, Devaguru, Viyazhan, Mannan, Gnani. Jupiter, the expansive planet, is attributed for character, seriousness, meditation, prayer, success, honor, and fortune, karma acquired in previous birth, divine favor, fame, religious thought, wealth, good character, honesty, justice, and health. He signifies offspring and wealth. In a human body, Jupiter governs lower abdomen, audibility, blood circulation, hip and liver.
Jupiter is the son of Chitra Devi and Saint Angirasa (who is one of the favorite sons of Lord Brahma). Tharai is Jupiter’s wife. Some believe that Jupiter is the son of Anniethiran and Poorvasithi and his wife’s name is Nari. Guru is depicted with 4 hands, holding conch, chakra and lotus and wearing yellow clothes, standing in front of white elephant or riding a chariot driven by horses. Sometimes, he is also portrayed with 4 hands holding rosary, lotus and conch and sitting on a lotus.
Jupiter consecrated the idol of Lord Shiva (Lingam) at Benares and performed penance for 10,000 years. Lord Shiva, immensely pleased, appeared before him and declared that he will be known as JEEVAN by humanity and the position of Guru for Devas.
Jupiter represents eternal intelligence and the Divine spirit. He is filled with joy, fun loving, and ready to share. Strong Jupiter gives robust health, joyful nature, creates inclination towards administration, management, education, religion, astronomy, astrology. An afflicted Jupiter could lead to over optimism, unwanted expenses, wastage of resources, problems in marriage and relationship, child birth, lack of wisdom. Jupiter shows the expansiveness of our spirit, however his placement in one’s natal chart reflects the degree of grace and fortune in one’s life.
The most significant power spot of Jupiter is Alangudi in the southern part of Tamilnadu. The day of the week dedicated to him is Thursday and is represented by Yellow color. The gemstone associated to Jupiter is Yellow Sapphire and Yellow Topaz. Yellow flowers are dedicated to Jupiter. One of the powerful ways of worshipping Jupiter is offering a chick pea (White Channa) mala to Jupiter on Thursday and offering white Channa as prasad.
The sacred scriptures prescribe fire ceremony, Abishekam (hydration ceremony), Pooja/Archana (Light and Sound ceremony), Yantra and Mantra (special sounds) as the ways to offer your prayer to the divine. Out of these, fire ceremony is the most evolved spiritual technology on earth to connect with the divine beings. Participate in the remedial services to clear your karma and receive the blessings.