Let’s discuss the Vedic Pooja for Jupiter better referred to as Jupiter (Guru) Shanti yagya
Jupiter Pooja/Yagya is performed in order to rectify the malefic Jupiter in a horoscope to remove negativity or to avail benefits from already benefic Jupiter in horoscope for positivity. Jupiter Pooja starts on Thursday generally but it may end on some other day in accordance with the time required by the pundits to complete the enchantment of Guru Beej Mantra. Different steps in Jupiter pooja is called Guru Pooja Vidhi that will be discussed in the article.
The most significant step in whole pooja is the enchantment of the whole jaap that may go as high as 76,000 in count. All the other procedure in Guru Pooja Vidhi is based around these chants. The reason behind choosing this pooja is because pundits generally take 1 Day to complete the pooja. To begin any pooja “ Sankalpam” or “resolution” is taken by head pundit on behalf of other assistant pundits. In this Sankalpam it is mentioned that they are performing Jupiter Pooja on behalf of the native (his name), his father’s name, Gotra, name of assistant pundits, time duration for the completion of pooja is proposed and it is mentioned that they shall perform enchantment of 76,000 Guru Beej mantra in order to pacify the malefic Jupiter or avail benefits from the already benefic Brihaspati, and for the native to be blessed on the successful completion of pooja. Additional requests and wishes made by the natives are also mentioned in this step.
After the Sankalpam, all the Pandits keep on chanting Jupiter Veda mantra. When the pooja is completed, all the Veda Mantra’s being enchanted, a completion ceremony is organized in which deities, the person performing this puja should wear yellow colored clothes only, and are worshipped with many offerings like flowers, fruits, sweets, halwa, dhoop, Deepak, milk, curd, honey, desi ghee, sugar and other things. In this completion ceremony head pundit keep on repeating that he has completed the pooja in given time and the native has also followed all the procedures so he should be blessed with the benefic Jupiter or removal of malefic Jupiter by the blessings of the god and goddess. It is to be noted here that significant planet in Navgraha is also offered and donated with offering in the completion ceremony.
These offerings include copper, sugar, wheat, rice, milk, oil, utensils, pulses, lentils, moles and other specific things. After this pooja, the blessings are taken from the gods and goddess to start the final ceremony of next step is performing Havana. This is an important and powerful procedure and this pooja should be performed by trained priest/pundits only. In this Havana a direct connection between the corresponding planets and natives are established by the mantras from priest/pundits. It is a bit technical step and involves accuracy and precision in practice. A holy fire is lit which is called Yagna. In this process after the enchantment of each mantra, an offering is donated to the holy fire of Havan Kund. With the end of each mantra a sound of “Swaha” is produced and then offering is devoted to the fire. This process goes in sync for long and is repeated again and again. These things offered to the fire from pooja samagri, and may differ for different poojas. At the end a dry coconut filled with specific fillings recommended by pundits are offered to the holy-yagna and mantras are chanted by pundits on native’s behalf. After which the native is asked to go circles around the havan- kund. These circles may be of 1, 3 or 7 in number according to the nature of pooja and this step is called “Parikrama”. This mark is the end of Jupiter pooja.
All the above mentioned steps are to be performed in specific manner recommended by the Pundits in accordant with the Vedic Jyotish rituals. You may not get the desired result if you log behind in some procedure and do not perform it in prescribed manner. Other than these processes, there are certain guidelines and precautions for the native which one should follow during the running time of Pooja. One is prohibited to consumption of alcohol and should refrain from smoking. The native is advised to have good conduct and should not take part in any act of violence. One should not eat non vegetarian food till the end of pooja. One is refrained to get involved in physical or sexual contacts with his partner whether married or unmarried. One should rise early morning, take bath and pray to. He or she should try to connect with Jupiter Pooja and pray to be blessed by the gods.