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Jupiter in Vedic Astrology

Basic Astronomical facts about Jupiter
Jupiter is the largest planet in our Solar System. It has a diameter of about 142,800 kilometers. Its closest distance from the Earth is about 588 million kilometers. From Sun its average distance is 778 million kilometers. Jupiter takes 11.86 years to make one orbit around the Sun and it takes 9 hours and 55 minutes to complete one rotation on its axis. Its average surface temperature is about -148°C. Its average geocentric motion per day is 00°04'59". Jupiter have 63 natural satellite of its own out of those Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto are well known. Jupiter retrogrades for about 110 days per year.



The Jupiter in Hindu Mythology
Jupiter or Brihaspati was one of the eight sons of Angiras, (son of Brahma) and Shraddha. After receiving initial knowledge from his father, Jupiter left his home in quest for spiritual knowledge and meditated for thousands of years, his penances earned him a place as guru or teacher to the demigods. His work was to guide then and advancing their cause by thwarting the designs of the Asuras.

Once Bhrigu or Venus, the guru of the devils went to the Himalaya to worship Lord Shiva for obtaining means to conquer and destroy the demigods. Meanwhile sensing an opportunity, Indra, the king of demigods sent his daughter Jayanti to Venus to obtain whatever he receives from Lord Shiva by deceit. She stayed with Venus for many years as his disciple until he obtained the boon from Shiva. Then, when he was about to return to the devils, Jayanti requested him to accepted her as wife. He agreed to be her husband but for only ten years and during this period they would be alone.

When Jupiter came to know about this he made a plan and disguised himself as Venus he went to live with the Asuras and during these ten years he succeeded in removing hatred and factionalism from them. When Venus returned home the Asuras got confused seeing two identical gurus and they declared that their real teacher was the one who had been teaching them for the past years. The real Venus, got angry and left cursing them that they would soon be destroyed. Shortly thereafter Jupiter resumed his real form and returned to heaven. The Asuras, were now left without a guru and guide approached the real Venus and begged his pardon. He relented and again became their guru, but his curse had its effect, and for many ages the Asuras were too weak to threaten the gods.

Basic Astrological facts about Jupiter
Gender of Jupiter: Masculine.
Jupiter is the karaka or significator of: Knowledge and Fortune.
Jupiter as relationship signifies: Children.
Planetary cabinet status of Jupiter: Minister or Royal Advisor.
Temperament of Jupiter: Mild, Benign and Soft Hearted.
Element governed by Jupiter: Aakaash or Ether Element.
Primary quality or guna of Jupiter: Sattva Guna or Serenity.
Caste of the Jupiter: Brahmin or Priest.
Nature of Jupiter: Benefic.
Directional strength of Jupiter: In the First House.
Directional weakness of Jupiter: In the Seventh House.

Jupiter rules the zodiacal Sign: Sagittarius and Pisces.
Jupiter rules the zodiacal House: Natural astrological Ninth and Twelfth House.
Sign of exaltation of Jupiter: Cancer.
Sign of debilitation of Jupiter: Capricorn.
Determent or weak sign of Jupiter: Gemini.
Jupiter's friends are: Sun, Moon and Mars.
Jupiter's enemies are: Mercury and Venus.
Jupiter is neutral with: Saturn.
Jupiter's Vimshottari Dasha period: Sixteen Years.
Nakshatras or Lunar mansions governed by Jupiter: Punarvasu Nakshatra, Vishakha Nakshatra and Purva Bhadra Nakshatra.

Body part governed by Jupiter: The Abdomen.
Day of the week governed by Jupiter: Thursday.
Direction ruled by Jupiter: Northeast.
Season governed by Jupiter: Hemant or Pre-Winter Season.
Metals governed by Jupiter: Gold.
Gemstone governed by Jupiter: Yellow Sapphire.
Substitute gemstones governed by Jupiter: Topaz and Citrine.
Colors ruled by Jupiter: Yellow.
Food and flavors governed by Jupiter: Things of Sweet taste.
Geometrical shape governed by Jupiter: An Ellipse.
Numbers as per Numerology governed by Jupiter: 3, 12, 21, 30 and all those that adds up to three, are governed by it.

Positive key words for Jupiter: Expansion, Opportunity, Understanding, Optimism, & Enthusiasm.
Negative key words for Jupiter: Extravagance, Bigotry, Indulgence, Fanaticism, & Smugness.


Body parts, function and diseases governed by Jupiter
Jupiter rules growth and expansion and in medical terms Jupiterian expansion means overeating and lack of control. Jupiter also indicate swelling, abnormal expansion or too much of something. This inculdes all types of tumer. Jupiter has dominion over the liver and all diseases related with it including cirrhosis and hepatitis. Jupiter also rules the fats of the body, their process of breaking down through enzyme reaction and their proper utilization. It rules the hip and thigh region, gout and rheumatism, sugar problems. Jupiter rules Vitamins B-6, biotin, cholin, inositol, pangamic acid, chromium, manganese and zinc.

Professions governed by the Jupiter
Any profession or employment that requires or is related to Spirituality, Religion, Wealth, Law, Voyages or Long Journeys. Vocations: Lawyers, Clergymen, Judges, Wholesale Grocers, Aldermen, Appraisers, Bond Salesmen, Cashiers, Capitalists, Financiers, Jockeys, Horse Trainers, Racing Stable Owners and Workers, Sporting Goods Manufacturers and Dealers, Shoe Manufacturers and Dealers, Shoe Workers. law, finances, budgeting. Money lending, helping moneylenders. Functioning as priest or worshipper in temples, Bishop, Nun or Padre in Christianity. Giving discourses on religion, faith and spiritualism. Holy places and places of pilgrimages, including outside temples, mosques, churches. Functioning as representative or member of any judicial or semi-judicial tribunal or any other similar forum. Agents and brokers in the field of law, judiciary, religion.

The Mantras for Jupiter:
Beej Mantra of Jupiter:
Om jhram jhreem jroum sah gurave namah Om graam greem groum sah gurave namah

The Jupiter Stotra:
Devanaam cha Hrisheenaam cha gurum kanchan sannibham buddhi bhutam trilokesham tam namami brihaspatim

Gayatri Mantra of Jupiter:
Om vrishabadhwajaaya vidmahae kruni hastaaya dheemahi tanno guru prachodayaat

Remedies for Jupiter to be performed if Jupiter is not well placed in the horoscope:

  • Worshiping the ruling deity of the Jupiter, Lord Shiva.
  • Recitation of Shiv sahastranam.
  • Reciting of Jupiter Mantras.
  • Charity: Donate yellow clothes, bananas, saffron and turmeric on Thursdays to priests or brahmin.
  • Fasting: On Thursdays.
  • Pooja: Shiva pooja.
  • Rudraksh: Wear five mukhi (five faced) Rudraksh.




  • Written by Sanjay Sharma, © 2011-2018.




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