Thursday is dedicated to Lord
and Lord Brihaspati, the guru of gods. Hence, this day is called
Vrihaspativar, after the apportioned god. Thursday is also popularly known as
Guruvar. Devotees listen to devotional songs, such as "Om
Jai Jagadish Hare
" dedicated to Lord Vishnu on this day.
Devotees adorn yellow colored clothes and offer yellow flowers
to propitiate god Vishnu and Vrihaspati. They fast throughout the day and consume
food only once which consists of 'chana daal' (Bengal Gram) and 'ghee' (clarified
butter). The food color used is yellow. Many offer banana or plantain to god.
In Bengal, they worship goddess Lakshmi and elsewhere, people also visit Hanuman
temples on Thursdays. Through 'pujas' (worship) and 'vrats' (fast) on Thursdays,
it is believed, devotees are blessed with wealth, success, fame, and happiness.
The popular myth is that Lord Vishnu once appears before
a devout Hindu disguised as a mendicant to test the devotee on a Thursday. Some
believe it was Lord Vrihaspati. At first the devotee neglects his duties towards
the holy man and denies him alms and is lethargic but later when he realizes
his mistake, he observes a ritual fast on Thursdays and appeases the gods.
Color & Gem:
Yellow is the color of the day and the preferred gems
are Sapphire and Pokhraj.
The planet Jupiter (Vrihaspati) rules Thursday.