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Where Shukra (Venus) is a Braahman and follows Bhrigu's (another Maanas Putra of Brahmaa) lineage, Brihaspati (Jupiter) is also a Braahman and follows Angiraa's lineage. Brihaspati Jee is the son of Maharshi Angiraa and Kardam's one of the nine daughters Shraddhaa. Maharshi Angiraa had three sons - Brihaspati, Utathya, and Samvart. He has a strange story about his birth. Shraddhaa was unfaithful to her husband during her pregnancy and as a result gave birth to a stillborn child. However she repented and was able to regain the favor of Angiraa. Angiras then gave life to the child, who was named Brihaspati. Brihaspati is known as Vaachaspati also.
According to Shiv Puraan, Brihaspati Jee is the son of Angiraa and Suroopaa.
Marriage and Children
Brihaspati had one son more named Kach and one daughter named Varastree who was married to Prabhaas Vasu and had the son named Vishwakarmaa. [Since the names of the children of Taaraa is not known, maybe this Varastree is the same daughter of Brihaspati Jee.]
According to Vaalmeeki Raamaayan, 1/5/17, Brihaspati Jee had a son named Taarak whom he produced when Raam took Avataar on Prithvi. He fought with Raavan from Raam's side in Raam-Raavan war.
Brihaspati and Indra
Brihaspati, Taaraa and Chandramaa
So Brihaspati decided to have a war with Chandramaa - the only way to get back Taaraa. War started between Chandramaa and Brihaspati - between two Devtaa. Some of the Devas took sides of Brihaspati while others were with Chandramaa. Without any success or failure to either side the war continued for years. During this period of war Taaraa remained with Chandramaa, and he wouldn't return her to Brihaspati even after several requests. Chandramaa was mad about her. Chandramaa requested her to be his partner, but Taaraa said she already had Brihaspati Jee's child in her womb, but Chandramaa didn't listen to her and impregnated her with his own child. Brihaspati Jee asked him to return his wife several times, but he wouldn't listen to him too.
So once Chandramaa thought if Brahmaa's orders were not obeyed, what would be the effect of his curse? He had already a bad experience from sage Gautam and his co brother Shiv had to interfere. So he sent Taaraa to Brihaspati. Brihaspati Jee warmly welcomed Taaraa. Taaraa was after Brihaspati Jee that he should bring up the child but Brihaspati Jee said, "He is not my child, I would not bring him up." In due course of time, Taaraa gave birth to a beautiful son.
Now when the child was born, it was very beautiful. Both Brihaspati Jee and Chandramaa started fighting over it that "This is mine, this is mine", Then Brahmaa Jee came for rescue. He asked Taaraa "Whose child it is" Taaraa got embarrassed with this question, then the child in the womb spoke "Why don't you tell the truth?" Then somehow she told "It is Chandramaa's child". So Chandramaa took that shiny beautiful child. Brahmaa Jee named him "Budh" because his Buddhi (intelligence) was very sharp.
Now what was in Taaraa that both Brihaspati and Chandramaa wanted her? - I think it was Taaraa Bal which was attracting both towards Taaraa. Taaraa is the star of the day.
Brihaspati and Shukraachaarya
Once Devtaa went to him and requested him to learn Sanjeevanee Vidyaa from Shukraachaarya Jee. So on the request of Devtaa he sent his son Kach to learn Sanjeevanee Vidyaa (Mantra to bring the dead alive) from Shukraachaarya Jee. Shukraachaarya Jee had a daughter named Devayaanee. Kach used to serve her too very well. As a result she fell in love with him. She used to care for him a lot. She saved his life three times from Daitya.
In fact Daitya did not like that Shukra should teach enemy's son, but since Kach was his friend's son, he could not have refused him. When Kach approached him to be his disciple, he accepted him on the condition that he would test him for 1,000 years. Kach agreed and started living with him. Once Daitya killed him and Shukra had to bring him alive. Next time they killed him but Shukra again brought him to life at the request of Devayaanee. The third time, they burned him and offered his ash in liquor to Shukra to drink. Shukra drank it. When Kach did not come back from grazing the cattle, Devayaanee again asked her father to look for him.
Shukraachaarya called him in a loud voice - "O Son Kach, Where are you?" Kach called back from his stomach - "Guru Jee, I am in your stomach." and told the whole story of is killing and Shukra Jee drinking his ash in liquor. Now Shukraachaarya Jee was in a flux, but Devayaanee suggested that as she also knew Sanjeevanee Vidyaa, let him come out of her father's stomach and when her father would die, she would bring him to life. Shukraachaarya Jee did the same. When Devayaanee was reviving her father, Kach learned it.
After Kach was brought to life, Devayaanee asked him to marry her. But Kach's objective was not to marry her. So when she proposed him for marriage, he refused her saying that he had never looked at her with this desire; and since he came out from Shukra's stomach, she was his sister and he could not have married her at any cost. This made Devayaanee angry and she cursed him that he would not be able to use his Vidyaa what he came to learn for. Kach was not worried at this, he also cursed her that since she had cursed him without any good reason, she would not be able to marry any Braahman. He further said - "Even if I will not be able to use it myself but at least he I will be able to teach it to others so that they can use it.' and he went away. After returning from here, he taught that Vidyaa to his people so that they could bring Devtaa alive died in Dev-Asur war.
Brihaspati and His Brother Utathya
As Shukra is the Guru of Daitya, Brihaspati Jee is the Guru of Devtaa. He attained his position as the preceptor of the Devtaa by performing penances on the banks of Prabhaas Teerth. Lord Shiv granted him this position, as well as his position as one of the Nava Graha (nine planets).
In the Bhagvad Geetaa, 10:24, Shree Krishn says to Arjun that among the priests, He is Brihaspati, that shows that He addresses Brihaspati as the highest, and proves that Brihaspati is like Bhagavaan Himself. There are several stories famous about him.
Created by Sushma Gupta On 5/27/04
Modified on 08/15/13