The fast for Thursday is kept for Lord Guru and Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu who is also known as the preserver of the universe and Guru is represented by the planet Jupiter of the solar system. It is also known as Brihaspati. The Colour associated with the planet Jupiter is yellow.
You can start from the first Thursday of shukla paksha (Valarpirai) of any month and should be done for minimum 16 Thursdays. This fast is observed from sunrise to sunset. Yellow is the most appropriate color on Thursday.
After waking up, take bath and wear yellow clothes. The person observing the fast shouldn’t wash his/her head. Puja should be done with yellow flowers, yellow fruit like banana, rice cooked with Kesar, gram dal and yellow sweet like Besan ka ladoo, etc. Sandalwood is also used in this puja. While praying, your face must be towards east direction.
Meal is taking once and that too without salt. Thursday fast katha should be recited in the evening. If you can donate yellow colored clothes in the evening. If you pray with full faith and a pure heart, all your wishes can be fulfilled.
People who having a weak Jupiter Planitary Position in their Jathakam according to their kundli observe these fasts.
Benefits Guru Viratham
- It is believed that worshiping Lord Guru helps to cure ailments related to stomach.
- It also helps to gain strength, valor and longevity. Childless couples also do fasts on Thursdays.
- Wealth and fame is another reason behind the fasting on Thursdays.
- People facing delays in marriage due to unexplained or unknown reasons can also observe these fasts.
Mantras that can be recited for a more powerful impact are-
“Om Graam Greem Graum Sah Guruve Namah”
This is the Beej mantra of Jupiter. Reciting this 108 times bestows wealth, wisdom and reduces the negative effects caused by this planet.
The following mantra that can be chanted (108 times) is as follows-
“Om Hreem Kleem Hom Brihaspataye Namah”
The only thing to be kept in mind is that you must concentrate on the wish you want to get fulfilled and nothing else.