Why do people fast on Thursday

A lot of people wonder as to why do people fast on Thursday.

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Thursday or Vrihaspativar in Hindi holds a special importance for the devotees of Lord Vishnu and/or Sai Baba. It is also a special day for those who want to appease Guru or the planet Brihaspati (Jupiter) as per the position in the horoscope for its positive effect on their lives.

Jupiter is at a very strong position in the solar system and hence is considered as the Lord of Light. Light, in any form, is generally symbolized with yellow rays, hence Thursday is associated with the yellow color. The color yellow is also associated with positivity, strength, and success in life. Jupiter or Guru is considered connected with yellow metals like Gold and copper. Lord Vishnu’s attire is also mostly depicted in yellow so it is considered to be his favorite color. Lord Brihaspati’s chariot entails eight yellow horses and he is believed to love yellow sweets. For all of these reasons, yellow is considered the color of the day and it is recommended to wear Yellow on Thursday and also offer yellow sweets and flowers to appease Gods.

Devotees observe fast on Thursday and the ones following rituals also worship the banana tree on Thursdays. One of the main reasons for the worship of Banana tree is that the fruit Banana is considered dear to Lord Vishnu and Goddess Lakshmi and offering them the fruit is believed to get the worshipper blessing of a happy married life and good fortune.

Some of the major benefits of keeping a fast on Thursday are considered to be as follows :

  • Attain wealth and gain in business.
  • Childless couples get the blessings of having a child if he/she can please Lord Brihaspati.
  • Brings Peace and happiness in the family.
  • It gives you good health.
  • Removes sins. Gives long life and strength.
  • Gives good health.

For the best results from Brihaspati pujan / prayer, devotees should chant the following mantra early morning after taking bath:

ॐ ग्रां ग्रीं ग्रौं सरू गुरवे नमरू।  

“Om Graam Greem Graum Sah Gurve Namah”

Aarti of Lord Brihaspati in Hindi

जय वृहस्पति देवाए ऊँ जय वृहस्पति देवा । छिन छिन भोग लगाऊँए कदली फल मेवा ।।
तुम पूरण परमात्माए तुम अन्तर्यामी. । जगतपिता जगदीश्वरए तुम सबके स्वामी ।।
चरणामृत निज निर्मलए सब पातक हर्ता । सकल मनोरथ दायकए कृपा करो भर्ता ।।
तनए मनए धन अर्पण करए जो जन शरण पड़े । प्रभु प्रकट तब होकरए आकर द्घार खड़े ।।
दीनदयाल दयानिधिए भक्तन हितकारी । पाप दोष सब हर्ताए भव बंधन हारी ।।
सकल मनोरथ दायकए सब संशय हारो । विषय विकार मिटाओए संतन सुखकारी ।।
जो कोई आरती तेरीए प्रेम सहित गावे । जेठानन्द आनन्दकरए सो निश्चय पावे ।।

Aarti of Lord Brihaspati in English

Jaye Brihaspati Deva, Om Jaye Brihaspati Deva | Chin Chin Bhog Lagau, Kadli Fal Meva ||
Tum Puran Parmatama, Tum Antaryami | Jagatpita Jagdishwar, Tum Sabke Swami ||
Charnamrit Nij Nirmal, Sab Patak Harta | Sakal Manorath Dayak, Kripa Kro Bharta ||
Tan, Mann, Dhan Arpan Kar, Jo Jann Sharan Pade | Prabhu Parkat Tab Hokar, Aakar Dwar Khade ||
Dindayal Dayanidhi, Bhaktan Hitkari | Paap Dosh Sab Harta, Bhav Bandhan Hari ||
Sakal Manorath Dayak, Sab Sanshay Haro | Vishay Vikar Mitao, Santan Sukhkari ||
Jo Koi Aarti Teri, Prem Sahit Gavey | Jethanannd Aanandkar, So Nishchay Pave ||

May God Brihaspati bless us all!

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