Planet Guru Remedies, Nivaran and Effects

According to Vedic scriptures and astrology, Jupiter (Brhaspati or Guru) is a celestial planet (Graha) that teaches us various life lessons and governs our education, wisdom, wealth, happiness and knowledge. It is considered to be a highly beneficial planet. If placed favorably in the natal chart of a person, Jupiter bestows the person with the best of everything. Its nature represents progress and expansion. The person influenced by Jupiter will be religious, successful and generous and generally will tend to have high morals. The persons with highly influential Jupiter will be in the professions of teachers and priests.

As it is the largest planet in the solar system, the Indian astrology considers Jupiter to be the Guru (vast and great) of all planets. Jupiter takes a year to complete its orbit path. It is the ruler of the zodiac signs Sagittarius (Dhanu) and Pisces (Meena). As per zodiac rules Jupiter is exalted in Cancer (Karka) and weakened in Capricorn (Makara). The malefic of Jupiter in a natal chart specifies exhaustion, stress, depression and pessimism. Its effect also results in jaundice and liver disorders. Its color is yellow.

The influence of Jupiter can be gauged by the fact that its impact can reduce the malefic effects of other planets to a satisfactory degree. He can stabilize the adverse effects of the malefic effects in a person’s horoscope. As per Vedic astrology, Jupiter placed in the 12th house gives the native Moksha after death. In the natal chart of a woman if Jupiter is the Karak or significator of her husband, then their matrimony would be blissful. If posited unfavorably, the husband would make the woman stubborn and rude thus resulting in a failed marriage.

Astrological Significance of Jupiter

Brhaspati in a higher sense is the divine grace which grants our needs. It instills in us religious values and the quality of beneficence. Unlike Mercury (Budha) which gives us intelligence, Jupiter blesses us with true knowledge and intellect.

Brhaspati is also known as Devaguru (the teacher of the gods) or Guru. It constitutes our religion, philosophy and knowledge, the balance of past Karmas and issues related to progeny. It governs knowledge and education. Astrologically it is the most favorable of all planets. Its friendly planets are Sun, Moon and Mars and the unfriendly planet is Mercury and the neutral planet is Saturn (Shani).

Those with an exalted Jupiter in their horoscope witness growth and development and with age their prosperity increases.

Appeasing the planet Guru eliminates sins. It cures the bodily ailments such as stomach disorders and diabetes (both associated with Jupiter). Its associated season is snow and element is ether. The lunar mansions ruled by Brhaspati are Punarvasu, Vishakha and Purva Bhadrapada.

The cosmic color related to Jupiter is blue. Its gemstone is Yellow Sapphire (Peela Pukhraj).

Lessons That Jupiter Teaches

Jupiter is the King of gods and the ruler of Sagittarius. He is the guru or the teacher and hence teaches us invaluable lessons of life. Astrologically Jupiter is the planet of wisdom and learning. Some of the attributes of Jupiter include, honor, morality, self-esteem, hope and law. Through knowledge it seeks to attain insight. It is related to optimism and it leads to mental and spiritual growth. It is the planet which represents broader purpose, reach and potential. One of the important lessons taught by Jupiter is that we can only grow by understanding and developing our wisdom and uniqueness. It helps us realize our self-worth. It creates competition and gives us lessons on the loss of self-worth so that we may eventually realize the value of wisdom and the importance of our uniqueness which we may not learn otherwise.

Worship of Jupiter and Ruling Gods

Jupiter is considered as Guru of gods as it is the teacher (Guru) of all the planets. Brhaspati is worshipped to remove the malefic of planet Jupiter or Guru Graha.

Lord Shiva is the omniscient god, the God of the gods (Mahadeva) and the ruler of Planet Brhaspati. Hence praying to Shiva helps fortify Guru and remove its weakness. Lord Dakshinamurthy or Jnana Dakshinamurthi is an aspect of Lord Shiva which represents Him as the supreme cosmic guru or Adi Guru. He is the ultimate Guru who spreads the cosmic knowledge that enlightens the soul. Dakshinamurthy is depicted seated with His right foot on a demon or asura. This demon signifies ego, ignorance and darkness. A person must surrender these vices and be willing to learn from the supreme guru to find true enlightenment.

Chakra Significance

Brhaspati governs our Vishuddha Chakra or Throat chakra, the centre of our speech and creative expression in the world. A balanced Vishuddha Chakra determines your honesty and how well you express yourself. Through this Chakra we express our choices and realize that our choices have consequences. It is the centre of purification where the energy is transformed to our manifestations of the physical world. When this Chakra is unbalanced it causes feelings of low self-worth and helplessness. Its physical manifestations are skin irritations, lack of immunity, tuberculosis, ear infections, sore throat and shoulder pain. A blocked Vishuddha chakra affects the thyroid gland, throat, neck, jaws and mouth.

Jupiter In Ancient Mythologies

It is believed that once Lord Brahma became so entranced by an apsara (heavenly maiden) at Lord Shiva’s Yagya. He became incontinent and His seed fell into the fire. From that fire arose several of His sons; Angiras and Bhrgu being the most famous ones in the Vedic mythologies. It is said that the brilliance of Angiras shone brighter than Agni, the God of fire. An agreement was reached and Angiras was considered as the “Second Fire”. Several hymns in the Rig Veda are attributed to Him and He is also entitled to the sacrificial offerings made to fire. Angiras married Vasudha (or Shraddha according to some texts) and begot many children, one of whom was Brhaspati . He is the teacher or Guru of the Gods in heaven and the Lord of two zodiacal houses. He is associated with planet Jupiter and assigned a day of the week (Thursday). His glory grew when He conducted the Yagya by Gods to neutralize the demons. The preceptor of the demons was Shukracharya, his arch nemesis. Hence even today planets Brhaspati and Shukra are never in agreement.

Brhaspati’s elder brother Udatthya was lesser known. One day when he was away, Brhaspati raped his pregnant wife Mamta. When Mamta protested, He placed a curse on her as well as her unborn child. When she tried to desert the child in a forest, a spiritual voice shouted “It is Bharadvaja; It is Bharadvaja”. Brhaspati took the child who then became the famous sage Bharadvaja, to whom was born the great archer and the teacher of the Pandavas, Drona.

The beautiful and voluptuous Tara, one of Brhaspati’s two wives eloped with Chandra, the God of Moon as she was shocked of His treatment towards Mamta. When Brhaspati confronted Chandra and demanded His wife back, Chandra told Him that Tara was free to go if she wished; however citing the incident of Mamta she refused to go back. Brhaspati approached the King of Gods, Indra for help, but the gods were divided in their opinions and a battle was imminent. Lord Brahma stepped in and ordered Chandra to return Tara (who was then pregnant) to her husband. Brahma cursed Chandra which resulted in the waxing and waning phases of the Moon. Dispute arose once again when Tara’s child was born and both Brhaspati and Chandra claimed it. Tara declared that the baby was Chandra’s. The baby named Budha became a demi-god, the ruler of planet Mercury and the Lord of two zodiacal houses. He is the eternal enemy of Chandra.

Another fable involves Lord Hanuman and the demon king Ravana. It is believed that when Ravana imprisoned the Navgrahas, Hanuman arrived and freed them. All the Grahas thanked Hanuman and said that his devotees would also be blessed by them. Hence the malefic of any planet (including Guru Dosh) can be removed by praying to Hanuman.

Day Thursday
Direction North
Numerological number 3
Significant Chakra Vishuddha Chakra
Cosmic Color Blue
Nature Wisdom and Intellect
Special features Knowledge
Metal Gold
Precious Stone Yellow Sapphire (Peela Pukhraj)
Vimshottari Mahadasha period 16 years
Benefic Jupiter Wisdom, Knowledge, Education, Prosperity and Son
Malefic Jupiter Ignorance, Arrogance, Failure
Representation Teacher and Elder people
Body parts ruled Thyroid Gland, Throat, Neck, lungs and Mouth

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