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In Hinduism, Brihaspati is the god of magic and prayer. He helped create the universe and has seven mouths with seven rays of light coming out of each. His chariot is pulled by eight horses. He is married to Tara, who was kidnapped by Soma. Brahma forced him to give her back, but she was already pregnant with his son Budha. Hinduism (सनातन धर्म; also known as Sanātana Dharma, and Vaidika-Dharma ) is a worldwide tradition that encompasses several religions and ideologies. ... The ancient symbol of the pentagram is often used as a symbol for magic. ... Prayer is an effort to communicate with God, or to some deity or deities, or another form of spiritual entity, or otherwise, either to offer praise, to make a request, or simply to express ones thoughts and emotions. ... Chariot was the name of a WW2 naval weapon, the British manned torpedo. ... Binomial name Equus caballus Linnaeus, 1758 The Horse (Equus caballus) is a sizeable ungulate mammal, one of the seven modern species of the genus Equus. ... Soma (Sanskrit) or Haoma (Avestan) (from Proto-Indo-Iranian *Sauma) is a ritual drink of importance in Vedic and early Iranian cultures. ... This article concerns the Hindu creator god, Brahma. ... In Hindu mythology, Budha (not to be confused with Buddha) is the planet Mercury, a son of Chandra (the moon) with either Tara or Rohini. ...

Brihaspati is also the name of an ancient Indian philosopher who is considered as the founder of the atheistic system of thought Lokayata. Carvaka, also frequently transliterated as Charvaka, and also known as Lokayata, is a thoroughly materialist and atheist school of thought with ancient roots in India. ...

Brihaspati is also the Guru of the Devas and the chief nemesis of Shankracharya, the Guru of the Danavas.

The planet Jupiter in Vedic astrology is known as Guru, Brihaspati and DEVAGURU. Worship of Brihaspati or Guru (Jupiter) results in cure from ailment affecting the stomach and helps ward off his/her sins. source: http://www.webonautics.com/mythology/guru_jupiter.html

Alternative: Brahmanaspati

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Brihaspati (or Brahmanaspati) is the name of a Vedic deity, personification of piety and religion, the chief offerer of prayers and sacrifices, represented as the Purohita of the gods with whom he intercedes on behalf of humankind.
Brihaspati is the son of rishi Angirasa and Surupa according to the Shiva Purana.
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She was delivered of a son which Brihaspati and Soma both claimed, but Tara, at the command of Brahma to tell the truth, declared Soma to be the father, and the child was named Buddha.
An ancient code of law bears the name of Brihaspati, and he is also represented as being the Vyasa of the "fourth, Dwapara age." There was a Rishi of the name in the second Manwantara, and one who was founder of an heretical sect.
Other epithets of Brihaspati are Jiva, `the living,' Didivis, `the bright,' Dhishana, `the intelligent,' and, for his eloquence, Gishpati, `lord of speech,'.
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