Brihaspatlwar Vrata : (For the acquisition of reputation, wealth and prosperity)
This fast is observed for getting the blessings of Guru of Gods. By observing this fast all planets gets propitiated. By observing this fast one can- acquire money, wealth, reputation, glory, position, status, education, intellect, sons and grand children. One also gets rid of all the sins by dOing it. Method This should be started from the first Thursday of bright half of any month. At least 16, 156 or 260 fasts should be observed. Mix turmeric to the water and have bath with this water. Put 'a mark of turmeric on your forehead. Wear yellow clothes and worship Brihaspateshwar Mahadev by offering yellow flowers, yellow sandal, yellow rice (rice mixed in turmeric powder), yellow fruits like banana, yellow pulses, grams, jaggery and ghee of cow. After this one should worship the banana tree. Have food only once after sunset. Food should not contain salt in it. Recite 3 or 11 rosaries of following Mantra: Om Graang Greeng Graung Grang Guruve Namah" Read Brihaspativar Vrata Katha after reciting the Mantra. Offer food to Brahmins before having your food. Woman should not wash her hairs on Thursday. One should also not go for haircut and beard cut on this day. Udyapan (completion ceremony) should be peformed after doing 16,156 or 260 fasts. Homa should be done with the wood of Peepal tree.