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Brihaspativar (Guruvar) Vrat Vidhi, Katha & Aarti

Brihaspati (Guruvar) Vrat Katha : How to and Story

Fast on Brihaspati Vaar (Thursday) is devoted to Brihaspati Dev - the planet Jupiter. It promotes greater learning and prosperity. Prayers must be offered to Brihaspateshwar Mahaadev, followed by reading or hearing the Katha. One must preferably wear yellow clothes and use yellow sandalwood. Food must be eaten only once. One must include yellow pulses in the meal - yellow split Moong Daal without skin, or yellow Chanaa Daal without skin.
You may keep Brihaspati Vrat as many times as you want. Generally people keep 7, 11, 21, 40, 48, 51, or 108 times or for Life Time. Its not necessarily to observe Vrat, but Vrat is considered a shorter route to appease God. Only listening of Katha will also do.

According to Mahabharat Aadiparv, Lord Brihaspati is the son of Maharishi Angira and is the priest of Devas. Lord Brihaspati was a great devotee of Lord Shankar. He went to the Prabhas Tirth and prayed to Lord Shankar very deeply. Lord Shankar, pleased by Brihaspati's devotion, blessed him and gave the position of the 'Priest of Devas' and also included Him in the family of Devas. 
According to Rigved, Lord Brihaspati was very handsome. Lord Brihaspati, when pleased by his devotees, blessed them with wealth, saved them from difficulties and exhorts them to live on right path. Lord Brihaspati travels on a Golden Rath driven by eight speedy yellow coloured horses. According to Rigved the weapon of Lord Brihaspati is a stick (Dand) made up of Gold. Lord Brihaspati had three wives, Shubha, Tara and Mamta. From Shubha, he had seven daughters and from Tara, seven sons and one daughter. The wife Mamta, bore him two sons - Bharadwaj and Kach. Brihaspati is the Lord of Dhanu and Meen rashi.
In the solar system, Guru, Brihaspathi or Jupiter as his popularly known occupies the second largest position after the Sun. Jupiter is revered as celestial preceptor of the Gods. Worship of Bhraspati or Guru (Jupiter) Devata results in a cure from ailments affecting the stomach and helps one to ward off his/her sins, helps him/her in gaining strength, valor, longevity etc. He grants the boon of father-hood to the childless, good education. Thursdays are considered to be the best day for the worship of Jupiter.
Download and read the katha (story) which is recited by the devotee, who is fasting and praying to Bhraspati Dev on Thursdays.


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1. मूर्तियां - Ganesh & Lakshmi Idols

2. सिक्के - Gold and/or Silver coin embossed with picture of Goddess Lakshmi, new Currency notes

3. वस्त्र - New cloth for Laxmi & Ganeshji

4. चौकियां

5. Cash Register/Accounts Books

6. Coins' Bag

7. Pen

8. Ink Pot (Black)

9. थालियां 3

10. धूप (Dhoop , Agarbati)

11. Pure Ghee, Curd, Honey, Pure Water ( Ganga Jal)

12. पंचाम्रत (Mixture of Milk, Curd, Honey, Sugar, Ghee)

13. हल्दी चूना (Turmeric Powder)

14. रोली  (Kalawaa), अत्तर - (Scent)

15. कलश (Kalash), 2 mtr white and red cloth (each)

16. गमछा handy towel

17. कर्पूर, नरीयल (coconut with water) and गोला

18. …

Yam Trayodashi - Yam Deep Daan Puja

Yam Trayodashi - Yama Deep Daan Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Yam Deepam Time: 17:44 to 19:17 यम-दीपदान (Skandpuran) कार्तिक कृष्ण त्रयोदशीको सायंकाल समय किसी पात्रामें मिट्टीके दीपक रखकर उन्हें तिलके तेलसे पूर्ण करे । उनमें नवीन रुईकी बत्ती रखे और उनको प्रकाशित करके गन्धादिसे पूजन करे। फिर दक्षिण दिशाकी ओर मुँह करके

‘मृत्युना दण्डपाशाभ्यां कालेन श्यामया सह । त्रयोदश्यां दीपदानात्‌ सूर्यजः प्रीयतां मम ॥’ With this Deepa daan on Trayodashi, may Surya’s son Yama be pleased without Mrityu (Death), Pasha (Yama’s rope of death), Danda (Yama’s stick) and ‘Kaal’ (Death time).
मन्त्रसे से यम दीप दान करे तो यमराज प्रसन्न होते हैं । यह त्रयोदशी प्रदोषव्यापिनी शुभ होती है।

* Pradosha Kaal: After Sunset Time to +2 hrs 24 mins Example: if your local sunset time is 6:00 pm then Pradosh kaal is 6:01pm to 8:24pm
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Dhanteras - Dhantrayodashi on Tue,17 October 2017

Dhanteras Auspicious Time
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017 ***
प्रदोषकाल बेला में दीपदान एवं लक्ष्मीपूजन करें । Pradosh Kal Bela is your local time of 2 hours 24 minutes after sunset. Deep Dan and Laxmi Puja is considered auspicious during this time.

Pradosh Kaal : 17:44 to 20:17  Sthir Lagna (Taurus): 19:18 to 21:13 

Most Auspicious Time for Lakshmi Pujan and Deep Dan on Dhanteras is 19:18 to 20:17

DhanTeras Shopping can be done within Trayodashi Tithi

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*Local Time : Delhi India
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